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EVENT TITLE:         ATA's Third Annual Africa Presidential Forum on Tourism


WHO:                       Heads of State from across Africa


WHEN:                      Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Doors open and Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

Program starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.


WHERE:                    New York University

Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor

New York, New York   


The Third Annual Africa Presidential Forum presents an opportunity for Heads of State, attending annual UN General Assembly Meetings in New York, to present their travel and tourism product to an audience of 200 guests from diplomacy, tourism, business, media, and education, as well as to consumer and travel industry trade media. ATA members&emdash;tourism ministers, tourism boards, airlines, hoteliers, travel agents and operators, media, PR firms, NGOs, and SME's&emdash;will also participate in the event.


In just three years, the Forum has become a one-of-a-kind event on the international travel industry calendar. At the 2006 inaugural Forum, the Heads of State of Nigeria and Tanzania launched the event with an audience of 100 travel industry experts; in 2007, eight leaders from Benin, Cape Verde, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania, as well as the African Union, spoke to 200 travel experts and specialists.

We are pleased with the positive response we continue to receive from participating Heads of State and Tourism Ministers and other key players in the travel and tourism-related industries.

Here is a snapshot of who will participate in this year's forum:

H.E. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires

President of the Republic of Cape Verde

Honorable Shamsa Mwangunga

ATA President

Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism

United Republic of Tanzania

H.E. Mr. Kabinga Jacus Pande, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Zambia

Hon. Calista Chapola Chimombo, MP

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture

Republic of Malawi

Mr. Lamin Faati

First Secretary

Permanent Mission of the Gambia to the United Nations

Dr. John Brademas

President Emeritus

New York University

Dean Robert Lapiner

Dean of Continuing and Professional Studies

Professor Bill Easterly

Professor of Economics, Director of Development Research Institute, New York University

For the third year, New York University's Africa House will host the event with its Director, Professor Yaw Nyarko, serving as moderator. The 2009 forum is sponsored by South African Airways (SAA) with support from ATA Premier Partner Dubai World Africa.

Pre-registration for this event ends tomorrow on Wednesday, September 25, so make sure you click here for more information and to register today!

The event will take place Friday, September 26 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium in the Kimmel Center for University Life at New York University (60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor). Doors open and registration begins at 9:15 a.m. The program starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.

CONTACT:                     Africa Travel Association

Name: Angela Gerrow

Tel: +1-212-447-1357