ATALogoOn Thursday, September 27th, 2012, global and African tourism leaders will gather at New York University to participate in the Africa Travel Association’s Seventh Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism. The event will be hosted by NYU Africa House as world leaders gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meetings. With global tourism continuing to expand and diversify at a fast growing pace, and Africa’s tourism growth increasing steadily, ATA’s highest profile event in the United States will focus on the benefits of tourism, particularly in relation to the economy, environment and people.

WHAT: ATA Seventh Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism.

 WHO: High level leaders on tourism from across Africa and around the world.

 WHEN: Thursday, September 27th, 2012, beginning at 10:00 am. Doors open and registration begins at 9:30 am.

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 and across Africa , launched the Forum in 2006 to bring together heads of state or their representatives, to speak about how tourism contributes to a country’s economic growth, prosperity and stability. Since then, 15 African countries have participated in the event, attracting over 1400 participants. In 2011, ATA welcomed representatives from Chad , Egypt , The Gambia, Rwanda and Tanzania , and the African Union, alongside the United Nations World Tourism Organization, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and Atta, along with nearly 200 g! uests, including representatives from the travel and tourism industry, the diplomatic community, NYU, the non-profit sector, and the media.  

Interview and photo opportunities available upon request. Media registration is now open. Media wishing to attend the event must apply for media accreditation. To receive a form, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it