The main venue for the day will be the Summerstrand Hotel (check out Venues).
- Welcome and introduction by Gavin – SAYTC National Chairperson
- Welcome to our new national coordinator – Shanaaz Taliep
- Summary feedback from sectors and provinces
- SAYTC progress and financials
- SAYTC/SATSA merger proposal
- Brief introduction to the MC Suliwe Sihlwayi and the plan for the day
11:30 am - Introductions
MC – Suliwe Sihlwayi to officially open this years SAYTC Youth Tourism Conference with Gavin.
12 pm - Economic State of South Africa in Tourism
Mediator: Hugh Bartis (Principal Lecturer at Nelson Mandela University)
12:45 pm - Domestic and International Youth Travel Market
Panel discussion to address the potential for South African Tourism to grow nationally and internationally. The youth tourism industry in SA to become a entrepreneurial economic force and innovations leader.
Harald Kreiner (ICEF) to speak on EduSA and the ICEF Africa 2018 Workshop
David Frost (SATSA) to speak on the SATSA role in youth tourism
Omololu Olumuyiwa (Travelscope Magazine) to speak on international and African tourism partnerships
Amy McLeod (Expedia)
Wavela Mthobeli (SAT)
Mediator: Kim Whitaker – Founder of Once Hostels to speak on backpacking and hosteling
1:30 pm - Break for lunch – sponsored by NMBT – Thank you!
2:30 pm - Bridging the Private Sector with Government, Development Agencies and Tourism Bodies
Each body to expand on the growth and stimulation of the Youth Tourism sector in South Africa. The future plans of each government body impacts our industry and we look forward to future plans being developed within each organization.
Rory Haschick - ECDC (Eastern Cape Development Corporation)
Titus Chuene - NMBT (Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism)
tbc - NDT (National department of Tourism)
tbc - DEDEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs, Economic Development and Tourism)
Wavela Mthobeli - SAT (South African Tourism)
Noxolo Daniel - TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council)
Mediator: Glenton DeKock
3:15 pm - Social and Environmental: Moving the Industry forward
We do tourism responsible – Tourism Month
These organizations and people have been instrumental in bringing about responsible business practice within the tourism sector. Many of the issues we face socially and environmentally can be overcome, it is just a matter of dedication to a bright and inclusive future.
Rhian Berning – ECO Atlas (Environmental)
Joshua Morgan – Xhosa Talk (Social)
James Steere - I-Drop Water (Environmental and Social)
Ian Dommisse - ECO Brick Exchange (Environmental)
Wilson Chifike - Green Seats – Nomad Adventures (Environmental and Social)
Mediator: Jenny Lawrence (Owner of Wild Spirit Lodge / Sasol Lifetime Achievement Award Winner)
4 pm - Responsible Voluntourism, Animal Interactions and Captivity
The Youth Tourism sector is taking the first steps in creating an understanding of what responsible tourism means and the impact it can have in guiding businesses. We are inviting a diverse panel to discuss the issues we face and how we can collectively move forward in creating a more sustainable future. We hope to start the foundation phases for creating guiding principles for the voluntourism sector.
Mediator: Mike Denison (WESSA)
4:45 pm - Screening of the documentary Blood Lions – Bred for the Bullet
The Food Trucks will be providing delicious dinners from 7 pm. The trucks are famous for Food Truck Friday held in Baakens Valley.
The Baz Bus will be rocking the tunes at Dockside Night Club for the 21st BIRTHDAY BASH!
Cash Bar and drinks specials all night.
DJs will keep us moving until the early hours of the morning.