DURBAN - In August 2019, Tourism Entrepreneurs (TEs) from across the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province gathered in Durban to celebrate their official graduation from the three-month Airbnb Africa Academy training programme.
The participants came from as far as St Lucia and the Drakensberg, with many travelling almost an entire day on public transport to attend the celebration.
The ceremony consisted of refresher training followed by a celebratory lunch, before the presentation of certificates by Africa!Ignite to all the TEs in attendance.
The Airbnb Africa Academy was built as an initiative to encourage healthy tourism and entrepreneurship in rural and under-resourced communities across the continent. The Academy partners with organisations such as Africa!Ignite that are embedded in communities with high tourism potential. The Tourism Entrepreneurs receive localised online and offline training, starting with a three-day bootcamp.
The atmosphere was lively and excitable and participants dressed in their finest attire to receive their certificates from Africa!Ignite Chief Executive, Wilna Botha.