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5th IIPT African Conference Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the Developing World

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:

The 5th IIPT African Conference, “Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the Developing World,” will be held from 15-20 May, 2011, at the Hotel InterContinental Lusaka. The aim of the Conference is to showcase models of “best practice” from Africa and the developing regions of the world, and from governments, destinations, industry sectors, and NGOs.

The Conference is hosted by the Zambia Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, and organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in partnership with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA), as well as other partners and supporters including Fair Trade in Tourism.

The Conference brings together leading experts to share their knowledge, experience, and research related to climate change response strategies, programs, and actions in African and other developing countries. The Conference also marks the first time a forum of Traditional Leaders in Africa is being organized with the collaboration of the Zambia Ethno Tourism and Cultural Tourism Alliance (ZECUTA).

For information and registration, please go to www.mtenr.gov.zm/iiptconference or www.iipt.org.

Aim

The aim of the 5th IIPT African Conference is to showcase models of “best practice” in mitigating and addressing the anticipated impacts of climate change to tourism in Africa and the developing world.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

The Conference will bring together leading experts in tourism and climate change; senior executives from the diverse sectors of the industry; Ministers of Tourism and the Environment; senior government officials and representatives of UN agencies, donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); researchers, consultants, practitioners, and leading academics and students; and representatives of related sectors, including environment, culture, and sustainable economic development – to share their knowledge, experience, and research related to climate change response strategies, programs, and actions in African and other developing countries.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION:

The Conference is being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in partnership with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA), with educational partner Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM), and hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Tourism, Environment, and Natural Resources. The Zambia Ethno Tourism and Cultural Tourism Alliance (ZECUTA) is partner for the first ever in organizing a Traditional Leaders Forum in Africa.

TRADITIONAL LEADERS FORUM:

Key Speaker: His Royal Highness Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya People

This first time forum of Traditional Leaders in Africa is being organized with the collaboration of the Zambia Ethno Tourism and Cultural Tourism Alliance (ZECUTA). Special guest is Ben Sherman, a pioneer and leader of Indigenous Tourism in the United States and internationally. The Forum will seek to foster increased indigenous tourism in Zambia and Africa – and build bridges of indigenous tourism, friendship, and collaboration between Africa and other regions of the world.

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