The conference brought together over 200 members and industry people from various regions across South Africa, to share their experiences, to learn from one another and to debate the future development of intergenerational work.
The SAYTC Youth Tourism Conference 2017 was envisioned by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and SAYTC Eastern Cape to showcase the diversity of the province and the crucial role our cities play in welcoming tourists to South Africa. We have expanded the vision of the conference to involve a diverse group of delegates, bringing together entrepreneurial spirit and established benchmarks.
The conference was structured around small, facilitated workshops and presentations to allow all participants to enter practical discussion. A special symposium with speakers from Local to international provided particularly interesting insights into how intergenerational methods can be used in widely to promote and sustain the youth tourism industry.
The conference was a key activity for SAYTC, both as the first of its biennial conferences and as an introduction of this new and growing network of professionals interested in intergenerational approaches.
It also helped to look beneath the surface of intergenerational programming to explore its underpinnings and to learn from the diversity of experience that participants brought to the conference.
The conference was attended by a wide range of participants in intergenerational practice: researchers, practitioners, educators, tourism industry practitioners, community leaders and others interested in incorporating intergenerational approaches into their work and policies.
Feedback from the conference was very positive – participants greatly enjoyed the chance to meet like-minded people from so many different establishments, the opportunity to network and to learn from one another, and the chance to explore ideas.