The speaker line-up and programme for WTM Africa 2019 are taking shape, with Conference, Inspire, Destination and Travel Forward Theatres set to host presentations and interactive sessions with global travel influencers between April 10 and 12 in Cape Town.

The three-day speaker programme will cover relevant topics in the travel and tourism industry, offering insights to stakeholders across the spectrum via individual presenters, panel discussions, workshop and networking sessions.

The Conference Theatre is home to the annual Responsible Tourism Conference, led by Dr Harold Goodwin who has worked on four continents with local communities, their governments and both the inbound and outbound tourism industry. An Emeritus Professor and Responsible Tourism Director at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr Goodwin is also MD of the Responsible Tourism Partnership, and adviser to the World Travel Market Portfolio on its Responsible Tourism programme across the global WTM portfolio. He chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and various other awards in Africa, India and Ireland.

The Inspire Theatre will play host to a variety of cutting-edge tourism industry content sessions. On Wednesday, April 10 at 11h30, South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) CEO, Rudi van der Vyver, will host a half-day Business Events Conference in partnership with ibtm, comprising three sessions: A Sustainable Event Industry; Embracing Our Youth: Transformation in an evolving world of Event Management; and Professionalism and Accountability in a burgeoning Event Industry.

On Wednesday, April 10 at 14h30, experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist, Alessandra Alonso, returns with her popular Women in Travel interactive sessions, with a focus on gender empowerment, entrepreneurship, travel and tourism. The event combines a panel debate with group mentoring and networking to ensure attendees access inspirational speakers, hands-on advice through mentoring, and to give women an opportunity to meet with their peers and share challenges, opportunities and learnings.

The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) runs for a full day in the Inspire Theatre on April 11 with former Ireland international rugby player and Talk Radio 702 presenter, John Robbie, exploring the impact and benefits of major sporting and other events that have a significant Return on Investment (ROI) for our tourism economy.

Friday, April 12, also features a full-day event, Travel Forward Forum in partnership with eTourism Frontiers. The business-driven, focused and educational event gives attendees the opportunity to meet leading experts in sessions covering untapped elements and practicalities of e-commerce and online distribution.

The Destination Theatre also features a full programme across WTM Africa, with entertaining and engaging sessions set to cover current and future trends, a 2019 travel forecast, tourism into the rest of the continent, trends in travel influencer marketing, film tourism, Halaal tourism, destination presentations and global gay and lesbian travel, to name a few. Current speakers include iambassador Founder and CEO, Keith Jenkins, Women in Travel CIC Founder, Alessandra Alonso, iambassador CMO, Nicholas Montemaggi, and Film and Event Media Publisher, Lance Gibbons.

New speakers and events are constantly being added. For more information visit the WTM Africa website.