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African Leaders to Gather at New York University to Discuss Tourism as Economic Engine of Growth and Development

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On Wednesday, September 22nd, African leaders will participate in the Africa Travel Association’s Fifth Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism at New York University. The event will be held as part of the NYU Africa House Conference of African Leaders on the occasion of the UN General Assembly meetings. ATA’s highest profile event in the United States offers Africa’s leaders an important opportunity to speak about how travel and tourism contributes to a country’s economy and development and to highlight the current challenges and future prospects each country faces in the promotion of the sector.

WHAT: ATA Fifth Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism.


  • His Excellency Idriss Déby President of the Republic of Chad
  • Honorable Fatou Mas-Jobe Njie Minister of Tourism & Culture, Republic of The Gambia, President of the Africa Travel Association
  • Honorable Minister Zita Okaikoi Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Ghana
  • Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union
  • Honorable Obiageli Ezekwesili Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22nd, beginning with the program from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, followed by a reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Doors open and registration begins at 3:30 pm.

WHERE: Kimmel Center for University Life, New York University, 60 Washington Square South, (Between LaGuardia Place & Thompson Street), New York, NY, 10012.

WHY: ATA, the world’s premier travel industry trade association promoting tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships, organized the first forum in 2006 with the Tanzanian and Nigerian presidents. Last year, ambassadors from Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia, and ministers from Cameroon, Malawi, Mozambique, Zanzibar, as well as World Bank Vice President of the Africa Region participated. With its mission of strengthening partnerships between African nations and the global travel trade industry, the forum is an opportunity for leaders, who are attending United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, to put travel and tourism at the forefront of the international community’s agenda and on the industry’s event calendar.

Media registration is now open. Media wishing to attend the event must apply for media accreditation. To receive a form, email ATA or click here.


Sharon Roling

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