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10th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism
The Africa Travel Association and New York University Africa House will hold the 10th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism on Thursday, September 24, 2015 on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly meetings. This high-profile event brings together tourism leaders from across Africa to spotlight the critical role tourism plays in driving socio-economic growth and development. Over two hundred people, including travel and tourism professionals, airline and hotel representatives, diplomatic representatives, African Diaspora leaders, media, faculty, and students are expected to attend. NYU Africa House and ATA launched the Presidential Forum in 2006. Since then, over 20 African countries and representatives from the African Development Bank, United Nations World Tourism Organization, World Travel and Tourism Council, and the World Bank have participated. The 2015 Presidential Forum on Tourism keynote address was delivered by His Excellency Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of The United Republic of Tanzania.

Program:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Presidential Forum

Presidential Keynote Address by: His Excellency Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of The United Republic of Tanzania

Open Forum on Africa Tourism
Moderated by: Mr. Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News
Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities, Republic of Uganda; President, Africa Travel Association
Hon. N’diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Minister of Culture, Craft & Tourism, Republic of Mali
Hon. Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism, Republic of Kenya
Hon. Lazaro S. Nyalandu, MP, Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism, The United Republic of Tanzania
Hon. Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Republic of Namibia

Tanzania Tourism Presentation
Speakers:
Hon. Lazaro S. Nyalandu, MP, Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism, The United Republic of Tanzania
Dr. Adelhelm Meru, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, The United Republic of Tanzania
Mr. Allan Kijazi, Director General, Tanzania National Parks

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Reception


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Spotlight on Magical Kenya
Speakers:
Hon. Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism, Republic of Kenya
Dr. Anne Kinyua, Tourism Secretary, Kenya Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism
Muriithi Ndegwa, Managing Director, Kenya Tourism Board
John Kaplich, Communications Director, Kenya Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism
Kirti Surendran, Marketing Manager – North America, Kenya Airways

Photo credit: ©NYU Photo Bureau, Gallo