Dr Oluseyi Akindeinde CTO of Digital Encode Limited and  Adeleke B. Adeyinka, an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command Headquarter in Onikan Lagos, would lead an array of speakers to the TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY  SUMMIT  AFRICA 2022.

The event which will be hybrid according to the organiser is scheduled to hold on Thursday October 27, 2022, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lekki, Lagos.

The theme is: DESIGNING AFRICA’S TOURISM PLAYBOOK>>> A HYBRID OF CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY.

While Dr. Akindehinde is expected to deliver a paper on “How Blockchain Technology is transforming the Travel industry,” AIG Adeyinka  would be speaking on  “Adopting Technology to enhance security and boost Tourism”.

My Beautiful Africa, a Travel Technology company based in Lagos Nigeria, organiser of the event said in a statement that, the summit  is designed to address how technology is driving processes in various sectors like Security, Aviation, Hospitality,Tourism,Travel and Health and also to drive the digital transformation of the Tourism and Hospitality industry in Africa.

Clara Chinwe Okoro, Founder and COO at My Beautiful Africa, said “the summit aims to focus on the role Smart Tourism can play in achieving this transformation by working on designing a new playbook on African Tourism, the role technology will play in preserving our culture and how it will drive processes in the new economy post covid-19”.

She noted that, the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality space in Africa  post covid-19 has been impacted by the shift which has occurred, to this end, Technology is now the centrepoint of many organisations operating in the sector.

“Like in other economic sectors, intelligent automation will change the nature of some travel jobs and eradicate others altogether.

“However, digitally-enabled growth will also generate new employment opportunities that could outpace the automation of existing roles, especially as strong growth is forecast for the sector”.

Speaking further Ms Okoro says the Summit  which is geared towards changing the narrative for better accountability in the industry and convergence to promote the reordering of real SDG Agendas for Africa in Travel and Tourism using Technology and scientific capabilities to achieve digital transformation, hopes to create a platform for value reorientation in creating a new ecosystem for Tourism in Africa.

“Airports globally are reflections of a nations identity, it is an immersive experience where travelers passing through experience hospitality in such a way that they would want to remain within the ambient of that Airport.

 From the shopping experience to the Advertising, to the Culinary offerings, to the wellness booths and music it all transforms the mental state of the Traveler. Technology is advancing these Airports in different roles through Artificial intelligence, Softwares, Personalisation and other resourses. Music is a great platform through which countries sell their tourism potentials. Many Travelers are looking for a unique cultural experience and Music Tourism is an incredible way to achieve that through the deployment of smart technology. With the introduction of FinTech, seamless transactions take place across borders making travel and Tourism a seamless experience for travelers,” she posited.

Brands such as HP, Skyway, would be exhibiting at the event.

According to the organiser, the annual Summit is committed to the digital transformation of interconnected sectors such as travel, tourism, aviation, fintech, hospitality, health entertainment and the techn ologies driving systems and processes in the businesses operating in these sectors to make them more efficient and profitable through the use of technology tools.

In addition, the Co-Producer for the event Prince Adeyomi Adelokiki would be unveiling the CSR project under the aegis of the YGC Foundation with a focus on how health tech can solve the problems of people with  sickle cell anaemia.