The UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

The UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

The UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

The UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024 is an elite platform being presented to innovative African youth in travel and tourism looking for financing, partnership and mentorship opportunities to showcase their projects to the global market place in order to find the needed support for their programmes.

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Completely bear the the following in mind to avoid disqualification:

  1. The vision, uniqueness, authenticity and rationale.
  2. Evidence of innovation in travel & tourism or related industry challenge being solved in Africa – COVID 19 era and into the future (such as technological, social entrepreneurship, educational, youth empowerment and job creation, environmental sustainability, community development, etc.)
  3. The sustainability of the impact of the project on travel and tourism, local communities and/or related industries.
  4. Timelines for the project.
  5. The kind of support required – funding, investors, mentorship, partnerships, etc.
  6. Conclusion/additional, but relevant information of not more than 500 words.
  7. Competitor required to show a demo/Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5 min) during the presentation.
  8. Age limit – 35 years.


  • $1000.00 grant seed for the winner.
  • $500.00 grant seed for 1st & 2nd runner up.
  • Complimentary enrolment for short courses provided by UNWTO.
  • Mentorship, partnership, potential funding support and career opportunities.
  • Opportunity to be part of an established network of Africa Youth in Tourism Mentors and Innovators.


  1. Closing date: 01st March 2024.
  2. Adjudicators will shortlist Top 5: 22nd March 2024.
  3. Shortlisted project promoters will be informed: 29th March 2024.
  4. Mentorship for elevator pitches (12 hours): 10th April – 16th May 2024.
  5. Submission of shortlisted project promoters: 5-minute presentation at the Summit – 15th May 2024.
  6. Top 3 announced on 31st May 2024.
  7. Competitor required to show a demo/ Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (5min) during the presentation.
  8. Winners & Runners-up announcement: At ATLF Awards in Gaborone, Botswana October 2024.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024.

The UNWTO Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024

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