UNWTO and Google host first tourism acceleration programme in Sub-Saharan Africa

TD Editor

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google have partnered for an online Acceleration Programme for UNWTO Member States’ tourism ministers, top travel associations and tourism boards to further develop innovation and digital transformation skills.

Ahead of World Tourism Day, it hosted the first UNWTO and Google Tourism Acceleration Programme focused on insights from South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Tourism is the backbone of many economies around the world. As data from UNWTO shows, tourism represents 9% of global trade for Africa and one in 10 jobs directly and indirectly. Moreover, the sector drives inclusive growth, as women make 54% of the workforce.

“UNWTO is committed to helping Africa grow back stronger,” said Natalia Bayona, UNWTO director of innovation, digital transformation and investments. “With the right policies, training and management in place, innovation and technology have the potential to foster new and better jobs and business opportunities for tourism in Africa while improving the overall wellbeing and prosperity of the region.”

Africa is home to 30% of the world’s population, adding every year hundreds of millions of new online users. Google is a highly trusted partner in Africa to find relevant and reliable information, and Search is one of the places they go when researching and booking travel.

“We’re here to help the tourism sector rise up from this unprecedented crisis and emerge stronger. Our travel data insights and tools can help tourism authorities identify and understand the barriers and drivers to visit travel destinations for better tourism planning,” said Doron Avni, Google’s director of government affairs and public policy for emerging market.

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