WTM Africa 2018

The programme in bold is confirmed 

All sessions are in the conference theatre


  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018: 14h30 – 15h15

New Business Models and Sustainable Development 

In the global WTM Responsible Tourism Awards last year five of the twelve winners were from Africa. On the African continent, we are seeing some of the world’s most innovative commercial models emerging. Succesful businesses which are creating shared value to benefit local communities and fund conservation.  Businesses which are commercially successful and which are building their success on sustainability principles. 

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor 

Glynn O’Leary, CEO, Transfrontier Parks Destinations
Richard Vigne, CEO, Ol Pejeta Conservancy   
Paige Gehren Conservation Economist Isibindi Africa Lodges


  Awards sponsored by Wesgro will be over five categories: the SDGs, decent work, innovation in water management, marine and freshwater wildlife conservation and cultural experience. There needs to be a press conference on Thursday to feature the 2018 Africa RT Award Winners.

  • Thursday, 19 April 2018: 10h30 – 11h15

Carbon, Water and Certification

The industry is accused of wastefully using too much water and emitting too much carbon pollution contributing to accelerating global warming. There is a scientific consensus about the growing scale of the challenge. We all share the same atmosphere, the greenhouse gases emitted by the tourism sector make a significant contribution to climate change with serious negative impacts on the lives of people in Africa and elsewhere. With growing populations and climate change, more areas are experiencing water shortages, and the industry is under increasing pressure to reduce consumption and recycle grey water. There is a business case for reducing water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and communicating your efforts and achievements to your business partners and your guests and clients. What contribution can certification make? 

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
Chantelle Cole ????? V&A Waterfront Rozitta 15 Jan
Jane Edge, Managing Director, Fair Trade Tourism
City Sight Seeing
Jonathan Gibson or Johann Bruwer  Chobe Game Lodge

  • Friday, 20 April 2018: 11h30 – 12h15

Wildlife and Tourism
Marine and terrestrial wildlife remain a major draw for tourists to Africa and with rising living standards domestic tourism to parks and sanctuaries is increasing too. National parks and protected areas are under increasing pressure for development and from tourism. It is important that policy and practice in wildlife and tourism are evidence-based. This panel will focus on issues of animal and human welfare in wildlife tourism.  

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
Jane Edge, Managing Director, Fair Trade Tourism
Wilfred Chivell, Marine Dynamics
Dr Simon King Park Doctor 
Cathrine S Nyquist, Founder and Managing Director, Panthera Africa, Big Cat Sanctuary