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Africa Travel Association Hosts its 2nd Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism

( 8 African Leaders Speak on Continent’s Travel Opportunities

The Africa Travel Association (ATA), a global travel trade association promoting tourism to Africa since 1975, will organize ATA’s Second Annual Africa Presidential Forum on Tourism in New York City on Friday, September 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at New York University’s Law School in Greenwich Village. Hosted by NYU’s Africa House, the event will take place parallel to the United Nations General Assembly meetings. The Presidential Forum provides an opportunity to hear from African leaders about the continent’s rich travel opportunities. Ali Velshi, CNN’s Senior Business Correspondent, will introduce the distinguished leaders.

His Excellency John Kufour, President, Republic of Ghana* / President of the African Union / Country Chair of ATA’s International Board of Directors

His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President, United Republic of Tanzania / Keynote Presenter at ATA’s First Annual Presidential Forum in September 2006 / Host of ATA’s 33rd Annual Congress, May 2008

His Excellency Fradique de Menezes, President, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe

His Excellency José Maria Neves, Prime Minister, Republic of Cape Verde

His Excellency Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni, President, Republic of Benin

On behalf of His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, President, Republic of Zambia: Hon. Kabinga J. Pande, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Zambia

On behalf of His Excellency Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, President, Republic of Malawi: Hon. Callista Chapola-Chimombo, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture*

On behalf of His Excellency Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda: Hon. Rosemary Museminali, Minister of State for Cooperation

ATA’s 2nd Annual Africa Presidential Forum on Tourism

Friday, September 28, 2007, 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.)

New York University School of Law, Lipton Hall, 108/110, West Third Street, New York

Last year’s inaugural Forum was launched by His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Yaw Nyarko, New York University’s Vice Provost of Globalization&Multicultural Affairs, moderated the discussion. More than 120 guests from diplomacy, tourism, business, media, the arts, and education attended the event. ATA members—tourism ministers, tourism boards, airlines, hoteliers, travel agents and operators, travel media, PR firms, NGOs, individuals, and SME’s—also participated.

***RSVP required. To attend ATA’s Presidential Forum, please contact Sharon Roling***

From: Africa Travel Association Contact: Sharon Roling: +1-212-447-1357 or Email: Website:

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