Govt commits to empowering youth in tourism

Emma Kantema-Gaomas

Deputy minister of sport, youth and national service Emma Kantema-Gaomas says the government is committed to empowering young people in the tourism and hospitality industry.

She was speaking at the Sixth Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge (Aytis) in Windhoek.

The summit, which started on Tuesday, highlighted the importance of youth innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism development across Africa.

She said tourism is a crucial sector for Africa, offering significant opportunities for economic growth, cultural exchange and sustainable development.

The deputy minister acknowledged the challenges faced by youth in tourism, such as access to industry education, training and resources.

The summit serves as a platform to bridge this gap by fostering partnerships and knowledge exchange between young innovators, industry leaders and stakeholders.

Kantema-Gaomas said the summit aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on decent work and economic growth, as well as goals focused on innovation and infrastructure development.

She said the summit’s focus on youth leadership reflects a growing recognition of the immense potential young Africans hold.

“Let’s all remember that our collective efforts today will shape the future we desire. Let’s commit to taking bold steps and drive sustainable change.

“Our journey does not end here. It is only the beginning,” the deputy minister said.

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