Volume 6:

Women in Small Communities Tourism

10 October – 01:00 pm London

Covid-19 has exacerbated the multiple challenges faced by women in small tourism firms (STF). It is recognised that the tourism sector provides women with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, both vital for their economic and social independence. For women entrepreneurs, their STFs also act as platforms for the promotion of local development and social transformation, and enables them to create ‘new’ self-identities.

In this webinar, two African women tourism micro entrepreneurs explain their journeys and how this has transformed them and others. They discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and the strategies they have adopted to overcome its challenges in resource-scarce environments. Two tourism industry experts from academia and industry respond to those presentations, sharing their insights into lessons being learnt and best practices during this pandemic and beyond.

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Donna Chambers ​ - Moderator

Donna Chambers

Donna Chambers is Professor of Tourism and the Head of the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism Research Institute at the University of Sunderland, UK. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the problematics associated with the representations of peoples and places in tourism; postcolonial/decolonial approaches to tourism; gender intersectionality within tourism contexts and critical approaches to research. She has published and presented on these topic areas in the UK and overseas. She is a Managing Editor of the journal, Leisure Studies, an Associate Editor of Annals of Tourism Research and is on the Editorial Board of the new journal Tourism Critiques: Practice and Theory.

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Albert Kimbu​ - Moderator

Albert Kimbu

Dr. Albert N. Kimbu is the Director of Postgraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK. He is also the co-founder of the Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy Institute (GESPi) and a Senior Research Associate with the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His research on gender and development-led entrepreneurship and inclusive development in tourism has been funded by various Research Council grants and published in leading tourism management journals including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, and Tourism Planning and Development. His expertise on these topics is also regularly sought by the UNWTO.

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Apolónia Rodrigues   - Panelist

Apolónia Rodrigues

Apolónia Rodrigues is the founder and creator of the destination brand Dark Sky® and Dark Sky® Alqueva and President of the Rede de Turismo de Aldeia do Alentejo, Portugal. She has occupied leading roles on various EU funded projects linked to the European System of Tourism Indicators (ETIS) for sustainable practices and destination management, the Tourism Sustainability Group (TSG) that developed the Agenda for the European Sustainable and Competitive Tourism, the Eureka European Tourism Advisory Committee, and the Task Force Indicators created by the Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR). Apolonia has won numerous awards for her role in creating new destinations and future trends in sustainable tourism, the latest being a Tourism Oscar from the World Travel Awards as Europe´s Responsible Tourism Award in 2019.

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Nnenna Fakoya Smith - Panelist

Nnenna Fakoya Smith

Popularly known as Ajala Nene, Nnenna Fakoya-Smith is a Tourism Promoter and Tourism Business Coach. She is the founder of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd, a tourism company that helps tourism entrepreneurs build a visible and sustainable tourism business through online programs and digital marketing. Nnenna has a post-graduate degree in Community Relations from Pan-Atlantic University Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder and organiser of the Tourism Boost Workshop (http://bit.ly/1stTourismBoostWorkshop) and annual Tourism Virtual Summit (https://tourismvirtualsummit.com/). In 2018, she was nominated for the Pyne Awards’ Rising Star of the Year (Tourism) and was recognized as one of the “Young Tourism Personalities of the Year” by the Nigeria Tourism Awards for hosting the first ever Tourism Virtual Summit.

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Amira Benali  - Panelist

Amira Benali

Amira Benali is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working on issues related to, gender, social justice, poverty and alternative economies in the intersection of management, Tourism studies, and socio-anthropology. Her current project focuses on the experiences of marginalized women in Tunisia and the social and solidarity economy.

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 Phaka Hlazo - Panelist

Phaka Hlazo

Phakamile (Phaka) Hlazo is the founder of Zulu Nomad, a social enterprise leveraging digital and emerging technologies to enable African tourism capacity and enterprise development at scale. In 2019, Zulu Nomad launched the Africa Travel Hackathon, a movement poised to be a catalyst for the rise of travel startups in South Africa and on the continent. The recipient of various awards and scholarships, Phaka was in April 2020 named one of the 100 Inspiring Women Founders in Travel by Travel Massive. In 2019 she was named one of the 200 Young South African’s in the Entrepreneurship category by the Mail and Guardian.

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