5th Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit, STA2019

“Redesigning The Product, Business and Practice for A Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Growth in Africa”

May 15th-17th 2019, Severin Sea Lodge, Mombasa, Kenya

STAS2019, Severin Sea Lodge, Mombasa, Kenya

Close to 140 delegates, representing 12 countries, participated in the 5th Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit. They represented the diversity that defines the tourism sector and sustainability agenda. There were airlines, tour operators, travel agents, lodges and camps, hotels and hoteliers, policy makers, destinations management companies, online travel agents, academia, students, tourism consultants, green suppliers, events companies, consultants, CBOs, conservation organizations, animal rights groups, conservancies, certification organizations, tourism management companies, tourism associations, researchers and consultaing organizations.

Participants (Main)
Participants (Side Event)
STAS2019 Schedule
How It Happened
Day 1
May 15, 2019
Day 2: Session 1
May 16,2019
Day 2: Session 2
May 16, 2019
Day 3
May 17, 2019
8.00 am - 8.30 am
Arrival and Registration
Approximately 140 delegates troop in for day 1 of STAS2019
8.30 am -8.50 am
Opening Speech
Hon, Fawz Rashid Ali (OGW), CECM, Minister of Trade, Tourism & Investiment, County Government of Mombasa, Republic of Kenya
8.50 am - 9.15 am
Chief Guests Remarks
H.E. Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai, Governor, County Government of Narok, Republic of Kenya and The Chairman, Tourism and Natural Resources Committee, Council of Governors.

H.E. Hassan Ali Joho, Governor, County Government of Mombasa, Republic of Kenya.

Speeches read by Hon. Nato, CECM Environment, County Government of Mombasa, Republic of Kenya

9.15 am - 9.35 am
Overview of Tourism Trends in Africa by Dr. Geoffrey Manyara, Economic Affairs Officer In Charge of Tourism, United Nations Economic Commission For Africa
9.35 am - 10.35 am
Summit Opening Panel: Managing Tourism in A Sustainability Age: What should be the focus and why?
Panelists: Danielle, Mehalah, Prof. Marina, Thomas, Dr.Manyara, Fawz, Achie, Martin. Moderator: Dr. David Chiawo, Strathmore University, Kenya
11.00 am - 1.00 pm
MasterClass: Keeping Tourism Spending At The Destination Using Technology
MasterClass by Thomas Muller, Founder of Rainmaker Digital, Africa
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
MasterClass: Product Innovation and Destination Competitiveness
MasterClass by Prof. Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development Academic Lead for 'Responsible Futures, University of Brighton
7.00 am -8.30 am
Partners Side Event:
Breakfast meeting Eco Certification. Hosted by TourCert, Germany
8.30 am -8.50 am
Progression of the sustainable travel industry- Gaps & Opportunities for collaboration by Danielle D'Silva, CSR Specialist, booking.com
8.50 am - 9.10 am
Responsibility of Destination Management Companies in influencing decent work and social inclusion in the tourism value chain by Mehalah Beckett, Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
PEAK Destination Management Company, Intrepid Group
9.10 am - 9.30 am
Sustainable And Green Hospitality – Sutainable Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain Management by Lorraine Jenks, Founder and CEO, HotelStuff/GreenStuff, South Africa
9.30 am - 9.50 am
Green Innovations and How We can Leverage Those To Position Africa as a MICE Destination by Kezy Mukiri, Founder and CEO, Zuri Ignite
9.50 am - 10.10 am
How To Get People More Engaged in Sustainability by Sam Ward, Managing Director, Kayak The Nile, Uganda
10.25 am - 10.45 am
Cultural Tourism For Sustainable development: Case of Red Rocks Rwanda Model by Greg Bakunzi, Founder, Red Rocks Rwanda
10.45 am - 11.05 am
Emerging Luxury Sustainable Tourism Experiences for Conservation and Community Wellbeing: Case of Gorilla Conservation Coffee Safaris by Dr. Gladys Zikusoma, Founder, Gorilla Conservation Coffee Safaris
11.05 am -12. 30 pm
Panel Session
Session 1 Speakers Panel. Moderated by Judy Kepher Gona
2.00 pm - 2.20 pm
Successful sustainable cities- Transforming African cities from stopovers to destinations by Hon. Achie Alai, CECM Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports County Government of Kisumu, Republic of Kenya
2.20 pm - 2.40 pm
Impacts of Travel Associations On The Sustainability of A Destination & Sustainability Best Practices for Associations by Gloria Tumwesigye, CEO, Association of Uganda Tour Operators
2.40 pm - 3.00 pm
Innovative Products for Competitive and Responsible Tourism Experiences by Angela Njehia, Leisure Travel Manager and Sustainability Co-Ordinator, Lets Go Travel Uniglobe, Kenya
3.00 pm - 3.20 pm
Sustainable Customer Service by Rosemary Mwihaki, Manager, Mandharini Kilifi Properties, Kenya
3.20 pm - 4.20 pm
Panel Session 2
Session 2 speakers panel session. Moderated by Johannes Solar, Responsible Beings Tanzania
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Dinner and Awards
STAS2019 Dinner and Awards sponsored by the Department of Tourism, County Government of Mombasa. Winner; Mozambique (Most Improved African Country in The Promotion of Sustainable Tourism); Watamu Marine Association (Waste Management for Sustainable Oceans); Wasini Beach Management Unit (Marine Conservation for Sustainable Oceans)
8.30 am - 8.50 am
Rethinking Measurement of impact of tourism in a sustainable world by Martin Balas, Senior Partner and Consultant, TourCert, Germany
8.50 am - 9.10 am
Over tourism- Risk areas for Africa and Mitigation Opportunities by Prof. Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development Academic Lead for 'Responsible Futures, University of Brighton
9.10 am -9.30 am
The Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in Africa –How To Prepare and Adapt by Lorraine Jenks, Founder and CEO, HotelStuff/GreenStuff, South Africa
9.30 am -9.50 am
Unique & Innovative Models for Socially & Environmentally Conscious Tourism: Case of Distance Relatives Eco lodge by Mwanase Ahmed, Co-founder and Manager, Distant Relatives Eco Lodge and Backpackers
9.50 am -10.10 am
Alternative and Responsible Tourism for Sustainable Development In Africa: Case of Côte d’Ivoire by Benedicte Joan, Travel and Train With Women for Africa
10.10 am - 10.30 am
Tourism Developments and Regulatory Imperatives for Sustainability and Competitiveness in Africa by Dr. Kimaiga Ruth, Chief Corporate Strategy & Liaison Officer, Tourism Regulatory Authority, Kenya
10.30 am - 11.15 am
Panel Session
Session speakers panel; Moderated by Thomas Muller, Rainmaker Digital Africa
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Summit Commitments and Closing Session
STAS2019 Commitment and Closing led by Sam Award and Judy Kepher Gona
Who Came?
Main Event
Policy (National and Regional) 34.1%
Tour operators, Travel agents & Airlines 16.3%
Hotels 12.90%
Academia 11.83%
Consultancy, Research & Advisory 7.53%
Conservation NGOs 7.53%
Tourism media 3.23%
Certification & destination Management 2.16%
Tourism & Travel Associations 1.08%
Other tourism profession 1.08%
Certification Side Event
Hotel 43%
Policy & Destination Management 23%
Tour operators, Travel Agents & Airlines 13%
Tourism & Travel Associations 10%
Academia 6%
Consultancy, Research & Advisory 3%
Other tourism professions 2%%