« Sky-Sea-Land, lets invent tomorrow’s sustainable tourism: what role for innovation? »
While holding the COP22 and the international conference Smart Tourism Africa, SMIT intends to promote sustainable tourism innovations and invites the tourism community to a unique moment of debate on innovation, tourism and mobility.
During this preliminary event, substantive discussions will be held on the latest trends of sustainable tourism innovation.
2pm-2:30pm Keynote speech et presentation
2:30pm-4:30pm Panel I
« Tourism and durability versus the collaborative economy»
In favor or against? Operators do not know what attitude they should adopt towards the collaborative economy and the challenges that emerge as a result. Whether to book a car, find, book and sort out travel or accommodation arrangements, the collaborative digital economy is everywhere. How to use this new force to accelerate and foster tourism investments and benefit from this unstoppable wave? How can we use collaborative economy to promote sustainability in tourism and investments?
4:30pm-5:30pm Panel II
«Funding: How “AfricaTech” contributes to tourism innovation»
“Africa Tech” is a new technology tool in a continent that crystallizes all the hopes in terms of innovation, but that still struggles to raise funds and find the right financing solutions. How can African operators contribute to a more innovative African tourism with more suitable products? How can we create a better customer experience in areas with such important challenges and specific characteristics? How to find access to funding for a tourism innovation that would be carried out by African children of the millennium?
6pm – 6:30pm Official opening of the COP22 SMART TOURISM AFRICA
8:00pm-11:00pm: Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony SMART TOURISM
8:30am-9:30am Check in and registration of participants
9:30am-11am Opening Plenary
“Territories: from SMART City to SMART Tourism, respect sustainability, organize security”
World tourism has entered a phase of intense competition between destinations, including between cities that often act as flagships. Thus, spatial organization, infrastructure development and connectivity have become major issues. Ranging from the management of car parks, green areas, cultural sites and entertainment venues, technology is now everywhere. Likewise, safety is also at the heart of tourists and governments concerns. In this context, how to use technology as a pragmatic and sustainable solution for tourism development?
11 :00pm-11 :30pm Networking break
11:30pm-1:00pm Second Plenary
«”Africa: What should be the dialogue between Governments and investors for sustainable tourism?”»
During this panel, participants will address the fundamental issue of the relationship between Investors and the Governments to implement a sustainable and attractive tourism strategy. How can “ecofriendly” infrastructures contribute to drain more funding? What are the sustainable development indicators that are in the interest of investors? What dimensions of territorial regional planning would help increase attractivity for investors?
1 :00pm-2 :30pm Lunch Break
3:00pm-4:00pm Third plenary
“5 billion of SMART Tourists: organize mobility, increase connectivity, and meet sustainability”
In a global but unequal world, access to mobility, to technology and attractive leisure destinations has become one of the fundamentals to develop attractive tourism opportunities for investors. In this context, how will the players of these three areas organize themselves to bring investors together to find a coherent and innovative platform that will allow tourists to live a unique experience when traveling ?
4:30pm-6:00pm Fourth plenary
“The Curve: why Africa will be the continent of SMART TOURISM”
During this fourth plenary, the debate shall begin on Africa, as the new global tourism frontier. Experts and analysts will initiate a substantive discussion on the African tourism potential and the challenges it faces. How to organize a “leapfrog” technology that will support African tourism? How will technology enable the continent tourism to reach superior levels? How to preserve African natural sites in anticipation of mass tourism?
6:00pm -6:45pm The conversation: « Branding Nations »
A high-level dialogue between leaders of the continent, raising the question of country marketing as a competitive advantage for tourists attraction.