As a show of solidarity with the UNWTO’s #RestartTourism advocacy, TBS Africa, a partnership-based eco-tourism advocacy platform for Africa has launched the #RestartTourismAfrica, #RecoverTourismAfrica and #RecoverTourismTogether Campaigns targeted specifically as a support initiative for the tourism private sector in Africa.
According to UNWTO, Tourism has the potential to lead sustainable #recovery of societies post #COVID19. International coordination and standards play a crucial role in ensuring tourism’s return. With dialogue, political will and economic support the tourism sector will take off.
At TBS Africa, we strongly believe that restoring the confidence of the African traveller in visiting and exploring African destinations regionally and domestically is our priority for the restart of tourism in Africa – while keeping tourists and tourism workers SAFE. However, achieving this requires the collaborative support of all actors in the tourism private sector, as well as Governments and host communities.
According to Capt. Emmanuel Great, CEO, TBS Africa and Convener of the Africa Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinar 2020, “the #RestartTourismAfrica initiative is a brainer from the conclusions and recommendations garnered from the “Africa Day Edition” of the Post-covid19 Webinar series last year organized by TBS International. During this particular edition, all parties agreed that all tourism actors must focus on marketing & promoting African destinations to Africans and the world post-covid19 as a tool for harnessing the economic and social benefits tourism can bring for Africa”.
Remember that earlier last year, on April 16, 2020, just three (3) weeks into the lockdown, and in response to the quagmire of challenges facing the Tourism Industry in Africa caused by the Covid19 pandemic, TBS International became the first tourism organization in Nigeria to launch the “Covid19 Recovery Webinar Series” for the Tourism Industry in Africa tagged, “AVIATION, TOURISM & HOSPITALITY POST-COVID19 RECOVERY WEBINARS”, which held once a week for eight (8) consecutive weeks with panelists and audiences spanning across Africa & the Middle East including Government Agencies, Airlines, Hotel Chains, DMCs, DMOs, Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, as well as eminent Presidents, DGs & CEOs of Tourism Boards across Africa.
Supporting the strong community of the tourism private sector in Africa as well as millions of livelihoods that depend on tourism means building a sustainable and responsible travel experience in Africa that is safe for African host communities, workers and travelers alike.
In his continued remarks , the CEO, TBS Africa, who is an experienced aviation and tourism consultant, a “Tourism4SDGs Advocate” and Member, Institute for Tourism Professionals, ITPN, reiterated that, “the tourism industry in Africa continues to grapple with recovery while businesses are keeping up the fight for survival, but let’s not forget that tourism will recover and we will #BounceBackTogether.
“In the coming weeks, we shall be rolling out the schedule of specific tasks and activities to promote the campaign. Therefore, we solicit the contributions, suggestions, personal stories, challenges and active participation of all industry stakeholders, professionals, and governments. They are very much needed and we will make sure all active participants in this campaign will be unequivocally celebrated”.
To actively participate in this campaign and join the conversation, kindly use the below hash tags on all social media channels:
Also, make sure to join the #RestartTourism Community here at –>> #RestartTourism WhatsApp Group
You may want to contact the Convener at firstname.lastname@example.org or +234 90 2919 3934 to learn more about how to participate.
TBS Africa #RestartTourism Team
Note For Editors:
Tourism Business Synergies (TBS) International is a partnership-based travel, tourism and hospitality training, consulting, support & advocacy organization, serving a large clientele of travel & tourism private sector businesses in Nigeria and Africa. TBS International is recognized by NANTA & ITPN in Nigeria, the African Travel & Tourism Association, ATTA in Africa and the Sustainable mPACT, Sweden, Europe.
TBS Africa, a sub-division of TBS International, is an eco-tourism, tourism4sdgs and sustainability advocacy platform for Africa, with the mission to promote and run advocacies for eco-friendly & SDG-compliant travel & tourism in Africa.