Thursday, 12 October 2017

Genesys Summit to bang the digital drum as part of WTM’s tech programme

Genesys Summit to bang the digital drum as part of WTM’s tech programme
Zainab Junaid Elesho

Paul Richer, the well-respected founder and senior partner of Genesys Digital Transformation, will be discussing how technology could shape future travel and hospitality at the coming World Travel Market.

This was disclosed in a communique made available by Nathalia Hartmann, Portfolio Press and PR Executive, for the WTM.

In the communique, Simon Press-Senior Director, World Travel Market London, noted that the Genesys sessions at WTM are always well attended, with some of the most knowledgeable figures in the digital world willing to share their views and best practice.

“Paul Richer has long been an expert in the tech field and remains at the forefront of the latest digital developments. As such, this year’s Genesys Summit is a must-attend for anyone who wants to plan their medium-term strategy in order to retain a competitive edge in the fast-changing technology arena.

"First off, Richer will lead a thought-provoking debate entitled the Future of Technology in Travel and Hospitality. Organised in association with Travel Technology Initiative, speakers include Jose Murta, global head of hospitality at Trivago, who will give his take on how the industry is set to develop in years to come. The debate is on day one, Monday November 6, while the Genesys Summit is on day two Nivembern 7 of WTM London," he said.

Expressing his view on this development, Paul Richer said in the communique that the session will look at how, as technology continues to evolve, new opportunities present themselves to operate our businesses in an increasingly sophisticated manner.

“These opportunities also provide an entrance into our industry for new technology-led companies that are challenging the accepted orthodoxy – and revolutionising the way travellers connect with independent hotels, hotel chains and OTAs," he added.

Lufthansa partners UNILAG for Youth Impact Week

200 students to undergo 6-day coaching with international trainers

Zainab Junaid Elesho

Lufthansa is bringing its internationally acclaimed Corporate Social Responsibility project to Nigeria. 'Impact Week 2017' will be heldhold at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) campus in Akoka from October 20th to 26th.

Impact Week is a one-week program aimed at training participants to develop sustainable business models using different innovation techniques like the innovative 'Design Thinking'.

Speaking on this development,Robin Sohdi, Lufthansa General Manager Nigeria, said “We are excited to have a team of Unilag UNILAG professionals, Lufthansa international staff and other experts to come together with about around 200 students to develop their skills, broaden and take on the tasks of thinking about solutions for socio-economic challenges right here.”

Onnhis part, Dr. Sunday Adebisi, Director Entrepreneurship Centre, UNILAG, noted that it is exciting to have the Impact Week in Nigeria and more importantly in University of Lagos as it will bring a life changing experience for the teachers and students.

The Impact Week aims is aimed at coaches and students who generally have great untapped ideas, creative energy and an eagerness to learn and make things betterimprove things. This six6-days event will help participants on how to find, test, and develop business ideas with great innovation. It will further prepares and motivates students to engage in entrepreneurship and gives them platform to start their own business and find their role in the society. The focus is on seven core sectors (tracks) which affect daily life in Nigeria_Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Alternative Power Generation, Information Technology, Transportation
and , Business Management.
The choice of University of Lagos was chosen isbased on its high rating amidst higher
institutions in Nigeria and its central location in Yaba, the “Silicon Valley” of Nigeria, which
provides proximity to talented students in Lagos. UnilagUNILAG is responsible for the selection of the participating students from a variety of faculties. The course will also empower UnilagUNILAG lecturers. The Ggoal is that the Impact Week will make it into the regular UnilagUNILAG curriculum and even go spread nationwide. The sustainability target is to handover the project completely to UnilagUNILAG at a later stage.