Tourism Education with AI: Highlights from Cape Town's Workshop

Insights from the Think Tank workshop held in Cape Town on April 2nd, 2024, where 60 teachers gathered to explore the integration of AI in tourism education.

April 20, 2024

Revolutionizing Tourism Education: Insights from Cape Town’s Think Tank Workshop

On April 2nd, 2024, Cape Town hosted an impactful Think Tank workshop, aimed at merging the paths of education and tourism through innovative technologies. This event, a collaboration between the Western Cape Department of Basic Education and Cape Town Tourism, brought together 60 dedicated teachers who guide over 3,500 high school students aspiring to careers in tourism.

Educational Leadership and Innovation

The workshop featured senior education specialists, Ms. Wendy Solomons and Ms. Elsabe Engelbrecht, who play a critical role in guiding the tourism curriculum across approximately 110 high schools. Their expertise was pivotal in setting the stage for discussions centered around future-proofing tourism education.

Smart Pineapple’s Interactive Role

As an industry specialist, Smart Pineapple spearheaded interactive sessions that showcased how artificial intelligence (AI) could transform the teaching and learning of tourism. Participants were introduced to tools like the Blog Builder, Guest Itinerary, and Playlist, designed to enhance the educational experience and spark interest in tourism careers among students from diverse backgrounds.

Workshop Goals and Outcomes

The workshop focused on:

Feedback from the teachers was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting a newfound appreciation for how AI can elevate the teaching of tourism and make the field more accessible and intriguing to students.

Bridging the Digital Divide

A significant portion of the discussion addressed the challenges faced by schools in resource-limited settings. The tools demonstrated by Smart Pineapple provided practical solutions, enabling teachers to offer innovative and inspiring lessons that could help students reimagine their futures.

Empowering Educators and Students

The workshop concluded on a high note, with teachers encouraged to integrate these new tools into their curriculums. They were invited to join the Smart Pineapple platform to continue their journey of growth and innovation in education.

Looking Ahead

This event was not just about sharing knowledge; it was a stepping stone towards a more dynamic and technology-driven educational environment in tourism. As educators and industry leaders, we look forward to continuing this journey, making each step a leap towards more engaging and impactful teaching methods.

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