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10th Annual Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism

10th Annual Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism

The Africa Travel Association and New York University Africa House held the 10th Annual Presidential Forum on Africa 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 attended. 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 Africa Tourism keynote address was delivered by His Excellency Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of The United Republic of Tanzania.

Event 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