In giving her update report The Chairperson of the Southern Africa Women in Tourism Forum , Dr Dimakatso Malwela indicated that women are moving away from ‘business as usual’ to the business of developing themselves and creating jobs. “Women are driving change, often behind the scenes. Gone are the days where a woman’s place was in the kitchen. They have turned the kitchen to a business,” said Dr Malwela. Echoing her sentiments the Marketing Director UK and Europe from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Carol Hay, told the women who graced the conference to invest in building a successful business brand in order to become globally competitive.
The 2nd Annual Women in Tourism Conference was a resounding and attracted over 200 delegates from 11 SADC Countries including Botswana, DR Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the host country Malawi. The conference also enjoyed the support of the Malawi Government, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Tourism and Civic Education for Malawi, Honourable Jappie Mhango, Deputy Minister Tourism for South Africa, Honourable Tokozile Xaza, Malawi Airline, Camelot Spa and several prominent tourism industry figures.