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A podcast for ( and about) tourism entrepreneurs from Africa and beyond. We showcase some of the most innovative ventures and highlight trends and developments in the tourism and hospitality industry.

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A podcast for ( and about) tourism entrepreneurs from Africa and beyond. We showcase some of the most innovative ventures and highlight trends and developments in the tourism and hospitality industry.

    The Fascinating World of VIP Travel with Johnny Vegas

    The Fascinating World of VIP Travel with Johnny Vegas

    Topics : VIP travel, Luxury travel, events & entertainment, , Johnny Vegas, Yohanes Zewdu, Dubai ,Kloudout Travel, Koob travel, covid19 

    Johnny Vegas, the founder of Dubai-based Luxury Travel agency Kloudout is our guest today. We talk about his childhood in Ethiopia, how he moved to the USA and set up what has become one of the most sought-after VIP travel and entertainment brands. 

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [1:10] About Johnny: intro and background

    [2:31] About Kloudout and Koob Travel

    [4:24] Tips to grow and succeed in the VIP travel industry

    [6:50] Challenges and impact of Covid19

    [14:21] About Dubai and its tourism offering



    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    Kloudout website: https://www.kloudout.com/

    Johnny's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnny1vegas/?hl=en 

    • 19 min
    Crowdfunding for tourism SMMEs with Phakamile Hlazo and Nnenna Fakoya-Smith

    Crowdfunding for tourism SMMEs with Phakamile Hlazo and Nnenna Fakoya-Smith

    Topics: Women in Tourism, Nnenna Fakoya-Smith, Tourism SMMEs in Africa, Tourism funding, Phakamile Hlazo, South Africa, Nigeria

    Do not miss this conversation on tourism funding and travel trends hosted by South African Tourism Strategist Phakamile Hlazo. Phakamile chats to Nigerian award-winning tourism promoter and visibility coach Nnenna Fakoya-Smith about her newly launched Tourism Crowdfunding platform and Walk For Love campaign. 

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [1:42] About Nnenna: intro and background

    [3:55] Impact of Covid19 in Nigeria

    [6:08] Tourism Crowdfunding platform

    [13:30] African SMMEs and the issue of funding

    [17:50] The process of setting up a tourism crowdfunding platform in Africa

    [24:00] Trends in African tourism



    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    Nnenna Fakoya-Smith: https://www.instagram.com/ajalanene/?hl=en 

    Walk for Love: https://linktr.ee/WalkForLoveAfrica 

    Phakamile Hlazo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phakamile-hlazo-84843432/

    Zulu Nomad: https://www.zulunomad.com/ 

    • 28 min
    The Rise of Travel Apps and the Future of Group Travel with Charlotte Franzellin

    The Rise of Travel Apps and the Future of Group Travel with Charlotte Franzellin

    Topics: Trippers, New travel app, group travel, Charlotte Franzellin, Weekend getaways in Europe

    Welcome to the tourism entrepreneur podcast, I am your host Vanessa Mbenoun and today we are taking a look at a new mobile app which is hoping to change the way travel is booked. Trippers allows you to spend less time on planning and more on experiencing. Its founder, Charlotte Franzellin is our guest so please stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit tourismentrepreneur.com

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [0:53] About Charlotte: intro and background

    [2:29] About Trippers: the group planning app

    [3:40] Trippers target market and expansion plans

    [7:10] The path to launch a successful travel app

    [10:00] How the idea of Trippers came about: common issues with group travel

    [12:40] What differentiate Trippers from other travel apps

    [16:30] Trends and future of travel

    [20:10] Lesson learned and words of wisdom

    That’s it for today! In the meantime, visit tourismentrepreneur.com to join our community and monthly events! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @tourismpreneur

    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    Trippers: https://trippers.app/about-us/

    • 22 min
    Mergers and Acquisitions in tourism with Wolf Wӧrster of Acceso Europe

    Mergers and Acquisitions in tourism with Wolf Wӧrster of Acceso Europe

    Topics: Acceso Europe, Mergers and Acquisitions in tourism, Buy a tourism business, vacation rentals, CertiStay, Wolf Wӧrster

    Welcome to the tourism entrepreneur podcast, I am your host Vanessa Mbenoun and today we are going to take a closer look at the concept of acquisitions in the tourism industry and see what options are available to you as a tourism entrepreneur if you wish to sell or buy a new business. We chat to the founder of Acceso Europe, a firm which represents owners, companies and entrepreneurs in the selling and acquiring of travel and leisure related businesses. Wolf Wӧrster is our guest so please stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit tourismentrepreneur.com

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [1:14] About Wolf: intro and background ( Volta Villas and CertiStay)

    [8:52] About Acceso Europe

    [11:05] Understanding Country licensing and Master Franchising

    [12:54] How to join/register to buy and sell on Acceso Europe

    [15:13] About the African market

    [16:50] Future trends in the tourism industry

    [19:00] Words of wisdom for  tourism entrepreneurs

    [20:10] What’s next for Acceso Europe

    That’s it for today! In the meantime, visit tourismentrepreneur.com to join our community and monthly events! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @tourismpreneur

    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    Acceso Europe: https://www.accesoeurope.com/

    CertiStay: https://www.certistay.com/

    Volta Villas: http://www.voltavillas.com/

    • 21 min
    The Future of the MICE industry & the Rise of Hybrid Events with Andy McNeill of American Meetings, Inc.

    The Future of the MICE industry & the Rise of Hybrid Events with Andy McNeill of American Meetings, Inc.

    Topics: MICE, Meetings, events, incentives, conferences, Andy McNeill, AMI global, hybrid events, COVID19, Destination Everywhere podcast

    Today we talk about Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions ( also known as MICE) and the rise of hybrid events. Our guest this morning is the CEO and founder of A.M.I Global, an industry-leading meetings and events agency. He is also the co-host of the Destination Everywhere Podcast which I know you’ll want to check out after listening to this interview. Andy McNeill is on the Tourism Entrepreneur podcast, so stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe and visit tourismentrepreneur.com

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [1:14] Andy’s intro and background

    [2:50] About the Destination Everywhere podcast

    [5:05] The State of the MICE industry

    [7:14] Tips and tools to host successful hybrid events

    [9:12] How can destinations carve their own space in the global MICE industry

    [11:10] Trends that will impact the MICE industry in the future

    [14:25] Words of wisdom and encouragements for fellow MICE entrepreneurs

    [15:40] What’s next for the Destination Everywhere podcast

    That’s it for today! Coming up next week: a conversation with Wolf Worster, CEO of Acceso Europe. In the meantime, visit tourismentrepreneur.com to join our community and monthly events! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @tourismpreneur

    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    AMI Global: https://americanmeetings.com/

    Destination Everywhere podcast: https://americanmeetings.com/podcast/

    • 17 min
    Experience Creators and the Rise of Ex-commerce with Lisa Simpson of Easol

    Experience Creators and the Rise of Ex-commerce with Lisa Simpson of Easol

    Topics: Easol, ex-commerce, experience economy, Shopify for experiences, Travel, tourism entrepreneurship, Tour operators

    Welcome to the tourism entrepreneur podcast, I am your host Vanessa Mbenoun and today we are going to take a closer look at tours and experiences and talk about the rise of “ex-commerce”. Today we welcome the co-founder of EASOL, the first e-commerce platform dedicated to travel and experience businesses. Lisa Simpson is our guest so please stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and visit tourismentrepreneur.com

    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [1:00] Lisa’s intro and background

    [9:50] What is Ex-commerce and how does it differ from E-commerce

    [13:50] When could experience businesses start generating revenues again?

    [20:30] (From Easol report) American travellers concerns regarding COVID19

    [23:12] ( From Easol report) Group travel beyond the pandemic

    [24:10] Growth tips for Ex-commerce businesses

    [29:12] What’s next for EASOL

    That’s it for today! Coming up next week: a conversation with Andy McNeill, CEO of AMI and co-host of Destination Everywhere podcast. In the meantime, visit tourismentrepreneur.com to join our community and monthly events! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @tourismpreneur

    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

    EASOL: https://easol.com/

    EASOL report:  https://easol.com/easol-better-days-are-coming.pdf

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Ida_Makate ,

Finally a podcast for our niche

It’s encouraging to see people waking up to the importance of tourism in our economy and daily lives. Keep it up!

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