The Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is proud to announce that it will be running its inaugural Southern Africa Youth in Tourism Conference in September 2014. This event was previously set to be hosted in December 2013 in Malawi, but due to unforeseen circumstances the event was postponed. We are pleased to advise the Youth in Tourism Conference will take now place September 25-26 in Mauritius.
The conference is being hosted under the theme “Promoting Sustainable Youth Development through Tourism.” The youth constitute emerging leaders of their communities and as part of implementing its mandate; RETOSA is initiating targeted measures to facilitate sustainable youth development by creating a tourism platform for the young people in Southern Africa. Through such a platform RETOSA, hopes to facilitate employment creation and poverty alleviation through tourism.
The strategic objectives of this conference are to:
1. Facilitate the mainstreaming of tourism into the education system across the region.
2. Involve youth in the development of tourism in the region.
3. Promote regional integration and a Southern Africa, single vision among the youth.
4. Use tourism as a vehicle for employment creation and in the process contributing to poverty alleviation in RETOSA Member States.
RETOSA believes that real sustainability and competitiveness of tourism development in Southern Africa can be only achieved by involving the youth in all aspects of the industry.
The conference is open to youth entrepreneurs who are below 30 years of age, members of youth tourism councils, youth tourism students at universities and colleges, tourism educators and tourism stakeholders in the public and private sector who are involved in, and interested in sustainable youth development through tourism.
Registration forms for the conference can be found at www.retosa.co.za . Deadline for registration is July 31, 2014.
YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION
In the lead up to the Youth in Tourism Conference, RETOSA is currently running a Youth in Tourism Essay Competition which was launched on May 5, 2014. The theme for this Regional Youth Essay Competition is taken from the World Tourism day theme: “Sustainable Tourism Development: Tourism and Development in the Community.”
Primary and secondary school students aged between 7-18 years in the SADC Region are invited to submit essays on the topics allocated for the two respective categories.
Submissions for the Youth in Tourism Essay Competition are still being accepted. Deadline for entries is July 7, 2014.
The finalists for the competition will be sponsored to travel to Mauritius in September, for the Youth in Tourism Conference where they will make their final presentations and the winner announced.
RETOSA is the tourism implementing agency for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Its primary objective is to facilitate and promote tourism growth and development in Southern Africa. RETOSA’s member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.