ATA TO HOLD SEVENTH ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ON TOURISM IN NEW YORK
Zambia and Zimbabwe Join Tanzania and South African Airways as Sponsors of
High-Level Tourism Event in New York
NEW YORK, September 25, 2012 – Today, the Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced that Zambia and Zimbabwe will co-sponsor the seventh annual ATA Presidential Forum on Tourism, joining the Tanzania Tourist Board and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), as well as South African Airways (SAA). ATA’s highest profile U.S.-based event will be held on Thursday, September 27 at New York University’s Kimmel Center.
As co-sponsors, Honorable Sylvia Masebo, Zambia’s Minister of Tourism and Arts and Honorable Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and President of the Africa Travel Association, will deliver opening remarks, providing an update on the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly meeting to be co-hosted by the two neighboring countries in Livingstone and Victoria Falls in August 2013. More than 126 countries are expected to participate in this international tourism event.
After the opening remarks, both Tourism Ministers will participate in an interactive roundtable on the benefits of tourism. Participating ministers also include Honorable Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Gambia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture and ATA’s immediate past President, Honorable Utoni Nujoma, Namibia’s Foreign Minister of Namibia and Chief Secretary of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The Presidential Forum will be held on the fourth floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life at 60 Washington Square South, between Thompson and La Guardia, at New York University on Thursday, September 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Doors open at 9:00 am. The ATA YPP Roundtable will take place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Room 802 in the Kimmel Center.
About the Africa Travel Association (ATA)
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. Established in 1975, ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. ATA membership comprises African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators and travel agents, and affiliate industries. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AU) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATA’s annual events bring together industry leaders to shape Africa’s tourism agenda. For more information about ATA, visit www.AfricaTravelAssociation.org.