Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge

Offering actionable solutions for Africa’s travel tech, tourism innovation, entrepreneurship and youth employability.

6th edition & 2024 summit registration

Date: 28th May 2024 – 31st May 2024
Venue: Mercure Hotel Windhoek, Namibia



The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit (AYTIS) & Challenge is hosted by Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with UNWTO and BDO. It is the “one and only” pan-African Youth and start-ups in Tourism Summit and innovation challenge in tourism on the continent.

This competition invites and welcomes innovative ideas and solutions that goes beyond technology but are travel, tourism and MICE industry related projects for review and adjudication by a preeminent panel of industry leaders. Through the summit and other media platforms, top 5 finalists of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge are introduced to industry leaders, mentors and potential funders and/or partnerships.

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UNWTO is a United Nations World Tourism organization that brings together 159 Member States, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. Currently, the UWNTO’s strategic pillars of action include:


Making tourism smarter through celebrating innovation and leading the digital transformation of the sector


Making tourism more competitive at every level through promoting investment and promoting entrepreneurship


Creating more and better jobs and providing relevant training


Building resilience and promoting safe and seamless travel


Harnessing tourism’s unique potential to protect cultural and natural heritage and to support communities both economically and socially.

competition entry form

4th africa youth in tourism innovation summit & challenge

1. Introduction (Maximum 300 letters):
2. Project Challenge/Problem statement (Maximum 250 letters):
3. Target audience (Maximum 250 letters):
4. Solution & USP (Maximum: 250 letters):
5. Total addressable market and targeted market % (Maximum: 250 letters):
6. Competitor analysis: (Maximum: 300 letters):
7. Team composition: (Maximum: 150 letters):
8. Financial modelling including investment to date (own skin in the game): (Maximum: 300 letters):
9. Projections: (Maximum: 250 letters):
10. Budget including costs (development, operating etc): (Maximum: 250 letters):
11. Traction: (Maximum: 250 letters):
12. Ask and what will be offered in return: (Maximum: 250 letters):
13. How the ask will be used (Maximum: 250 letters):
14. Timeline for development: (Maximum: 100 letters):
15. Conclusion/additional information: (Maximum: 500 letters):
Competitor required to show a demo/Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of the project (5 min) during the presentation.

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