INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM (IFITT) CONFERENCE - 8TH NOVEMBER, 2018

                                                              

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM (IFITT) CONFERENCE - 8TH NOVEMBER, 2018

MT. KENYA UNIVERSITY, MAIN CAMPUS, THIKA

Capacity building workshop: IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018

After a very successful event in 2017, this year’s Kenyan chapter of IFITTtalk on Application of GIS in Tourism will take place in Mt. Kenya University, Main Campus Thika, on 8th November, 2018 (https://www.ifitt.org/ifitttalknairobi/). The event is being organized in collaboration with IFITT, Mount Kenya University, Kenyatta University and Karatina University.

The first IFITTtalk in Nairobi took place in Kenyatta University on 9th November 2017 (https://www.ifitt.org/ifitt-talk/). IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2017 received the best IFITTtalk Award (http://www.ifitt.org/ifitt-awards-2018/) during the ENTER 2018 conference in Sweden in January 2018 (https://enter2018.org/).

About the IFITTtalk

The International Federation for Information Technologies and Travel and Tourism (IFITT) is a global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the travel and tourism industry and experience.

Every year, in addition to its main eTourism annual conference, IFITT encourages the organization of local workshops in chapters around the world where its members are represented. These workshops are called IFITTtalk.

Theme: Application of GIS in Tourism

The role of tourism in Kenya’s economy cannot be overemphasized. This value of Kenya’s tourism destination to its visitors emanates from what destination management organizations have put in place to make their areas attractive. Tourism in Kenya is well spread all over the country, with most parts mainly offering nature-based tourism experiences. In order to successfully manage and market the products, there is need to undertake mapping of tourism resources within the Country.

IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018 is a capacity building workshop that will present ways of identifying and visualizing market trends, patterns, opportunities and threats which otherwise may not be possible with data on paper and in tabular formats, for sustainable planning, marketing and management. GIS technology is considered as the appropriate platform for such a system because it can integrate both qualitative and quantitative information, and can provide a visual display of results thus permitting an easy and efficient appraisal of results, and help to communicate information to all interested parties including customers from all over the world.

Objectives

The objectives of IFITTtalk@Nairobi are to:

  1. Spark conversations around GIS and the travel and tourism industry
  2. Introduce and stay informed on new approaches in the implementation of GIS in the travel and tourism industry
  3. Transfer knowledge between academia and the industry.

The sub-themes are:

  • Application of GIS in Tourism Development and Research
  • Application of GIS in Tourism Planning
  • Application of GIS in Tourism Marketing
  • Application of GIS in Wildlife Management
  • Application of GIS in Hospitality Management
  • Application of GIS in Tours and Travel

IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018 is being organized in collaboration with the following organisations from industry and academia:

  • The Ministry of Tourism
  • Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
  • Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)
  • Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers (KAHC)
  • Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
  • Esriea
  • RCMRD
  • KWS
  • Women in GIS

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Explain fundamental concepts related to GIS

2. Produce and interpret basic thematic maps using GIS,
3. Understand and apply fundamental principles of map design,
4. Apply a spatial perspective on tourism development and tourism analysis,
5. Use GIS as a tool in reports of spatial analyses concerning tourism-related issues.

 

Workshop Output

Participants will be guided to develop the following for their areas of specialization:

  • A digital map base for printed maps
  • Digital files for Internet mapping
  • Digital files for mobile mapping
  • Attractions map
  • Website with interactive mapping

Registration fees

CATEGORY AMOUNT
International Delegates (with complete conference package) USD50
East African Delegates (with complete conference package) Ksh.3,500
Collaborating Institutions Ksh.1000
Students (with complete conference package) Ksh. 500
Students (without conference package, with certificate only) Ksh.200
Exhibition Ksh.2000

*Kindly note that students will be required to produce their students’ ID.

Online registration deadline: 15th October, 2018.


 

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM (IFITT) CONFERENCE - 8TH NOVEMBER, 2018

MT. KENYA UNIVERSITY

TIME EVENT FACILITATOR
0800 - 0900 Registration of Delegates Mengo Nyabisi/Dr. Albert Kariuki
0900 - 0945

Introductions /Opening remarks

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife

VC Mt. Kenya Universtity

DVC Mt. Kenya Universtity

DVC Kenyatta University

DVC Karatina University

Dean, Mount Kenya University

Dean, Kenyatta University

Dean, Karatina University

MC: Dr. Mary Mutungi/Mr. Sisinio Muthengi
1010 – 1030

Introduction to IFITT and IFITT talk

IFITT representative - Dr. Ray Mutinda
1030 – 1100 Tea break  
1100 – 1120

Application of GIS in Tourism Development and Research

Prof Simon Onywere

Director, Research Dissemination and Uptake

1120 - 1140

Application of GIS in Tourism Planning

Ronald Kithukumi

Esriea

1140 - 1200

Application of GIS in Tourism Marketing

Lillian Ndungu

RCMRD

1200 – 1300

Panel discussion :

Discussant: Dr. Boniface Kihima

1300 – 1400 Lunch and networking  

1400 – 1420

Application of GIS in Hospitality Management

May Kitiyo

Women in GIS

1420 - 1440

Application of GIS in Wildlife Management

KWS and AWF
1440 - 1520

Application of GIS in Tours and Travel

With case study presentations

Kenyatta University Tourism
1520 – 1600

Panel discussion :

Discussant: Dr. Albert Kariuki
1600 – 1645 Award ceremony

Dr. Mary Mutungi

1645 Vote of Thanks and closing

Ms. Nyabisi Mengo

     


INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM (IFITT) CONFERENCE - 8TH NOVEMBER, 2018

MT. KENYA UNIVERSITY

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Contact Persons:- Dr. Ray Mutinda 0721472441; Edgar Ndubi 0722343370 and Nyabisi Mengo 0727586399
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