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Historic Agreement Signed at 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit in Beijing, China

Historic Agreement Signed at 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit in Beijing, China (Forimmediaterelease.net) An historic agreement to establish the first “World Tourism University” for Africa in Tanzania by the Canada-based World Trade University Global Secretariat was one of the major outcomes of the 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit, held in Beijing, China, from October 28-30, 2007. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the World Tourism University in Africa was signed by Sujit Chowdhury, Secretary General of the Summit and President of the World Trade University Global Secretariat, and Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources&Tourism, signing on behalf of The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Honorary Global Chair of the 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit said that he was very pleased that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Summit between the World Trade University-Global Secretariat and the United Republic of Tanzania to establish the first World Tourism University –Africa in Tanzania: “On behalf of all Africa, and indeed on behalf of the government and people of Tanzania I want to thank you, Mr. Sujit Chowdhury, most sincerely for this important opportunity to host this prestigious institution. As the Institution will collect some of the best World Scholars to provide postgraduate education and conduct research on relevant issues on African Tourism and the Travel industry we hope that this will help to open Africa to the world and position it to benefit effectively from this fast growing industry.”

According to Mr. Chowdhury, the World Tourism University in Tanzania would be the first of its kind and would be graduate level tourism management center pf learning serving continental Africa. “Tanzania is a perfect location for this university where tourism is booming with stable democracy and economic growth; there are seven world Heritage Sites, and with over 25% of the land protected under law, Tanzania has set an example in its commitment to the conservation of its natural resources, wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. We ought to celebrate this and I look forward to work with the Government. and the people of Tanzania in pursuing this most timely endeavor.”

Hon. Prof. Maghembe, upon signing the agreement, stated that “we expect that the scholarship and research that will come out of this prestigious institution will benefit all of Africa, and would lead to the development of a new generation of African- born travel and tourism industry professionals that will bring tourism in Africa to a whole new level of professionalism.”

The Summit, organized by the World Trade University Global Secretariat and hosted by the Beijing Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, brought together more than 350 high-level tourism industry professionals and government officials from over 35 countries. Included in the Summit were representatives from 150 major cities throughout 30 provinces in China.

About World Trade University:
The World Trade University based in Canada, was created to foster freer trade by providing appropriate training to new generations of business leaders, managers, and public policy makers to effectively deal with and promote increasingly freer trade in their respective communities to ensure greater gains for all. Launched on the occasion of the 3rd United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, WTU plays a leading role in delivering high quality advanced world trade education programs to students from around the world.

For more information visit the 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit web site www.worldtourismsummit.com

PHOTO CAPTION
H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and Honorary Global Chair of the 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit in Beijing, China, Oct 28-30, 2007, and the Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources&Tourism, met with Mr. Sujit Chowdhury, Secretary General of the Summit and President of the organizing body, the World Trade University, prior to the Summit in China to finalize the MOU for the First World Tourism University for Africa to be located in Tanzania. From Left: Hon. Prof. Maghembe, H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Mr. Sujit Chowdhury.

Karen Hoffman The Bradford Group 212-447-0027 Email:karen@wtuglobal.org

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