Tourism Linkages Speed Networking

Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event has added new services this year, which slated for March 15 launch at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. According to Jamaica Information Service, these are security, insurance, architectural services and tour operation.

Meanwhile, Tourism Linkages Network’s head name Carolyn McDonald-Riley says the aim is to diversify the businesses participating. This can only be done by obtaining more service-oriented organizations. She also shared how speed networking event will take in the form of breakout sessions and meetings, which involve the products and services’ local suppliers, as well as the owners and managers of the properties, attractions, restaurant and other tourism-related establishments.

“It is a 15-minute opportunity for persons to sell their business, meet and introduce themselves to the tourism side to say, ‘I have business for you, so do business with me.’ It is not a display of goods and services, so there won’t be people showcasing products…persons may bring samples but the intention is not to display goods and services but to present your company or business in the best way in 15 minutes,” Mrs. McDonald-Riley revealed.

Moreover, she explained industry players will seat as suppliers move around for quick interactions based on scheduled appointments. A lot of people are welcome to attend the event including businesses that offer products and services like the following:


  • chemicals and cleaning products
  • cosmetic and spa items
  • toiletry and guest amenities
  • craft
  • furniture
  • bedding
  • food and beverage
  • meat
  • uniform
  • printing and packaging
  • fresh produce
  • construction
  • training
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • electrical and entertainment

McDonald-Riley further explained that the overall goal of the said event is to strengthen the partnership, linkages, and increase the business between local manufacturers or suppliers and players in the tourism sector. After all, the results of the previous speed networking events were remarkable. In 2017, over 172 representatives from 98 supplier companies and 79 buyer representatives from 55 tourism establishments participated. Look at the Kroger Survey for the event results!

How to create linkages in Africa’s investment space

African tech space has been recently the home of more linkages since many are required to do so within it. These are both for encouraging more investments and making sure the startup that indeed raises funds in the bank are served better.

According to Disrupt Africa, the year 2017 was a record-breaking time when it comes to African’s tech fundraising. However, investors of all level are still lacking. The report also pointed out to angel investors’ case as dozens of angel groups are forming across the continent under African Business Angel Network, also known as ABAN’s, general banner. To build linkages is particularly difficult on angel investing.

Collins Onuegbu expressed his thoughts towards the matter saying, “Initially we could not get traction because we did not have enough members. We needed to build enough capacity to allow us to invest.” Onuegbu is a partner at the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and he believes that getting enough people involved in the most basic struggle.

He added, “Doing that allowed us to expand our base. What we have done as LAN itself is still a work in progress. We are using syndicates to expand our capacity. We have a secretariat that has helped us build the structure that we need. It helps us link up with the startups and the pipelines.”

Moreover, the founder of NewGenAngels named Sean Obedih has addressed the need for additional linkage between African startups and Africans in the diaspora.

“There is a big part of the African population that lives outside of Africa. Everyone talks about the diaspora sending money back home, but nobody talks about what that is being used for. There is no infrastructure for channeling it into companies. That infrastructure to invest in things is what is required more than the money,” Obedih explained.