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Dr. Longdummers longA Memorial toast was held for the late Dr. Richard A. Long who passed shortly after New Years Day. The services was on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Clark Atlanta University Galleries in Atlanta. The event was attended by a hosts of relatives, friends, associates and colleagues. The bio from the memorial services is as follows:

Richard A. Long, recognized as a major cultural historian, was the Atticus Haygood Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University; did doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania; was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris; and received his doctoral degree at the University of Poitiers. He began his teaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple. Subsequently, he taught at West Virginia State College. He spent a decade and a half as a teacher at Morgan State College (now University) followed by two years at Hampton Institute (now University), where he was also Director of the College Museum. While completing his doctoral work, he also worked as a lecturer at the University of Poitiers. Upon returning

to the United States, he taught English and French for the Hampton Institute and directed its College Museum. He became a Professor of English in 1968 at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), where he was founder of theAfrican American Studies program. From 1971 to 1973 he was visiting lecturer at Harvard University. He was a U.S. committee member at the Second World Black and

African Festival of Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria, from 1971 to 1977, and acted as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lectured widely in West, Central and South Africa, the Caribbean, India and Southeast Asia. He began an association with Emory University in 1973 as adjunct professor and became Atticus.

longs audienceHaygood Professor in 1987. His writings include Black Americana (1985), The Black Traditlong speakerion in American Dance (1989), African Americans: A Portrait (1993), Grown Deep: Essays on the Harlem Renaissance (1998), One More Time: Harlem Renaissance History and Historicism (2007), and Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration (2008), He edited Negritude: Essays and Studies (1967) (with Albert Berrian) and Afro-American Writing: Prose and Poetry (1972, 1991) (with Eugenia Collier) and Black Writers and the American Civil War (1989). He founded the Triennial Symposium on African Art, Atlanta University’s Annual Conference at the Center for African and African American Studies, and the New World Festivals of the African Diaspora. His most recent activities included serving on the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art; the Board of Directors of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as a life member. He served on the Board of the Society of Dance History Scholars with the designation as an Honorary Fellow of the organization. He also was an active member of the National Planning Committee of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. Dr. Long continued to lecture widely on a variety of topics and served as a consultant to many cultural organizations and institutions. Dr. Long’s Papers are deposited at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. He is survived by his brother, Curtis W. Long (San Diego, CA), and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends from around the nation.long cover Photos: Susan Ross

ron sempleRon Bobb-Semple rendered an acclaimed re-enactment of Marcus Garvey for the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo event in Atlanta. The two-day included the Africana Extravaganza of cultural performances and a cultural heritage Travel Expo. The awards ceremony was dedicated to the late great Marcus Garvey who was all about uplifting people of African descent and preserving their culture. Since the ADWT-Awards event, Bobb-Semple has been getting many invites to do his signature re-enactment of Marcus Garvey.

Bobb-Semple has moved audiences around the world with his brilliant one-man show, The Spirit of Marcus Garvey. As Michael Reckord wrote in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, “The words ‘show’ and ‘performance’ do not do justice to the actor’s portrayal of our National Hero. As we watched, Bobb-Semple seemed to become Garvey.”

In 1999, Bobb-Semple, who was born in Guyana, journeyed to Dakar, Senegal, where he presented The Spirit of Marcus Garvey" on Goreé Island. In November of 2000, he returned to the Motherland with the project, this time at the Elmina Castle in Ghana. Bobb-Semple received the Marcus Garvey Awards from the Government of Jamaica’s United Nations Association in 1988, and from the Marcus Garvey Celebration Committee in 1991.

For Black History Month 2001, Bobb-Semple was the voice of Garvey in the U.S. Public Broadcasting System’s special film, Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind. He recently returned from London, Sweden, Belgium and Germany where he showcased his cultural and educational presentation on Garvey as part of the Marcus Garvey Legacy Tour 2012 to Europe. The Spirit of Marcus Garvey has also been seen in Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, The Virgin Islands and throughout the United States.

In 2012, Bobb-Semple appeared in Award winning playwright August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at the American State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL, and as Steve Daniels in Athol Fugard’s “A Lesson From Aloes,” at the Banyan Theater Company in Sarasota, FL. following his portrayal in 2011 of ‘Slow Drag’ in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

 A few of Bobb-Semple's other stage credits include:

 •Wilson's Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson and Fences, the latter co-starring with Avery Brooks;

•South African playwright Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa!; •Bingo!, a musical directed by the legendary Ossie Davis who said, “Ron, you are one of the most gifted performers I have worked with.”; •Pulitzer Prizewinner Derek Walcott's musical, Steel;

•Pepe Carille's, Shango de Ima, for which he received the 1994 AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) Award for 'Best Supporting Actor,' in New York.

In 2005, Ron won the AUDELCO's 'Lead Actor' award for his portrayal of Durbin Freeman in Joyce Sylvester's 'A Freeman’s Hope' at The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

Bobb-Semple’s film credits include Tyler Perry’s soon-to-be-released, The Marriage Counselor; Nursing Tuskegee; Mental Vengeance; Playing Both Sides; Deep Trouble; Pressure; Truth; Lost Money and several national television commercials. 

ron headshotCritics have written of Ron Bobb-Semple:

“In body and features, [Bobb-Semple] looks very much like [Garvey]. However, it is what he did with these attributes that persuaded the audience to suspend disbelief in a ‘performance.’” – The Jamaica Gleaner

 “…You even have his smile.” – Ruth Prescott (Niece of Marcus Garvey)

 “I saw my father; I heard my father; I was moved by my father.” – Marcus Garvey, Jr.

 “You brought Garvey onto the stage, and then to reality.” – Kamau Braithwaite, Author/Professor

 Ron Bobb-Semple can be heard hosting Caribbean Forum and Golden Sunday Sounds respectively on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. EST on The Uhuru Radio Network (www.uhururadio.com).

CEO Chief Tunde Adetunji with His Excellency Jean Ping 1Since its inception, Southern Polytechnic State University and African Heritage Foundation (AHF) collaboration has led numerous landmark events, as a means of creating a steady bridge between several African nations and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). One notable event held last February was the Celebrate Africa: Journey through the Ages Exhibition. The AHC at SPSU has played host to many noteworthy African dignitaries, including the under-secretary general, special advisor to Africa. Beyond showcasing the talents of many African inspired artworks, the event also played as a catalyst for many interested African nation representatives to make their presence known in the U.S.A.

Opportunities are out there, one just needs to see them! Gilbert Parker once said, “Love knows no distance; it has no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” Another way of looking at it is, the distance between opportunities isn’t a hindrance, and it’s merely just a number. One could say that the AHF’s president Chief Ambassador Tunde Adetunji, certainly holds to these philosophy and sentiments. Dakar, Senegal has now become the nearest and closet African nation to Marietta, Georgia in terms of Technology transfer, brain gain, human resources and capacity building for sustainable development of emerging market of Africa nations even though is located 4,361miles away.

Ambassador Tunde’s ambition and passion to strengthen ties between the African nations and SPSU is a mission accomplished which should be highly commended. As far back as the centennial Olympics 96 the pioneering and visionary initiative of the Africa Heritage foundation have successfully launched and establish:AFRICA iN ATLANTA, project, AFRICA WORLD MUSEUM& CENTER, AFRICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS , USAFRICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE , AFRICA HERITAGE DIASPORA RADIO &TELEVISION,AFRICA HERITAGE CENTER AT UNIVESITY , AFRAICA TRAVEL&TOURS AND AFRICA HORIZON MOVEMENT.

There are many aspects to his vision, to leave an indelible relationship amongst the Marietta, Georgia area and the many regions throughout the continent of Africa. One such example came a few month ago as the AHF welcomed fifteen Mayors and top government officials ,community leaders and decision makers representing various communities and local governments in Senegal to tour and learn more about the Africa Heritage Center instituted by the UN undersecretary general last February at SPSU campus.

CEO Chief Adetunju with   President Abdoulaye Wade of SenegalTheir main interest for the visit include: 1) establishing technological project ventures between the U.S. and Senegal, 2) fostering a stronger student exchange program, 3) creating attention/tourism between our two countries 4) a potential for a considerable more developing projects in the works to bridge the gap and build the bridge between the state of Georgia and Senegal. Beyond the items listed above the discussions at last weekend’s fact-finding-tour brought the focus to bringing more French speaking Dakar students to SPSU’s campus. Bringing these students abroad is an avenue to experience new opportunities and have an impact in the U.S.A relationship with the international communities.

These students also have an opportunity to take full advantage of many athletic programs that SPSU has to offer, mutually beneficial, as SPSU has a highly ranked soccer program and is always looking for more international talent. In many cases, free scholarships are available as great incentive. Invitation has also been extended to the CEO of AHC at SPSU, Chief Tunde Adetunji by four Chinese major universities whose main focus are in Agriculture, Mining & Technology, art & Culture, and university of Science & technology can also benefit from what AHF and SPSU has to offer. SPSU is a technology based university and has a thriving African heritage student body and technical input needed for many ongoing projects in the African regions and beyond.

Building and maintaining lines of communication between the two areas helps both involved. Opportunities are abound for Senegal and several other African countries in the U.S A. and if AHF/SPSU gets the chance to help create awareness and growth in African community both in Atlanta and the African continents, can have unforeseen advancements, bright future and progress.senegal mayors

 

Top photo: Chief Tunde Adetunji with former African Union Commison Chairman Dr. Jean Ping

Middle photo: Chief Adetunji with former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade

Bottom photo: Chief Adetunji with Senegalese Mayors

haiti on iceFor the first time, “Haiti on Ice” will be held in Haiti. The Sylvio Cator stadium in Port-au-Prince, will be transformed from a sports field to an ice rink from January 17 to 19, 2013, to host the ice-skating show.

The show will feature the two-time French Olympic Figure Skating medalist Philippe Candeloro and the nine-time French National Champion Surya Bonaly. Bonaly won the French national title nine times and the European National title five time and is known for being one of the only skaters who can land a back flip on one foot.

It was previously slated to take place from November 28 - December 4th but was pushed back according to organizers who held a press conference. The figure skating exhibition has been held in Guadeloupe, where 20,000 people turn out to see the performers and in the Dominican Republic where 43,000 tickets were sold.

The event is in partnership with Haiti's Ministry of Tourism.

 

Original source: http://konpaevents.com/?p=1867

Photo: Surya Bonaly by Bob Martin (Getty Images)

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The 9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival take place on Decemebr 6-9th at the Atlantis Resort. It will screen an incredible line-up of independent films, provide educational programs for youth, host panels and networking opportunities for participants and will attract celebrated actors and filmmakers from around the globe. Events will include classes, awards night, galas and receptions in addition to screenings. Notables expected to be in attendance include Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Rick Fox and Sean Connery.

The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.  

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) was launched in 2004 with its mission as a non-profit organization dedicated to create a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge, and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. Each successive year, BIFF grows significantly, with public relations dollar value of $20 million over 8 years, according to the renowned publicity firm Rogers and Cowan. BIFF has attracted A-List celebrities such as Heather Graham, Johnny Depp, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Roger Corman, Daryl Hannah, Sophie Okonedo, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris and Zoe Kravitz.

BIFF has showcased more than 600 films from countries around the world exposing The Bahamas to an international audience of filmmakers. As recent as June 18, 2012, U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton delivered a video message addressing the example of Nassau, Bahamas civil society joining together with the US Embassy to advocate and break barriers to raise awareness by showcasing films that combat discrimination.

Additionally, BIFF has succeeded in promoting The Bahamas as a tourist destination and potential cinema production venue through its annual events. For more information, visit www.bintlfilmfest.com.

The Bahamas' 40th Independence anniversary celebrations will open next month with the rededication of the Paradise Island Bridge in honour of Sir Sidney Poitier. During a press conference at the Churchill building, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced, in a joint venture with Atlantis, that the 40th anniversary celebrations will open on November 2 through 3 with a bridge renaming ceremony connection, concert and fireworks show.poiter_bridge

Mr Christie said Sir Sidney has not only an inspirational life story, but has also made “significant contributions” through diplomacy representing the Bahamas, firstly at UNESCO and later as Ambassador to Japan. “Hopefully,” he said this (the celebrations) will symbolise to the Bahamas that “we are beginning a process that is intended to unite us and bring focus to what really keeps us together and minimises what divides us – that is the intent, to deepen and further the advance of our civilisation that is the Bahamas.”

Additionally, the Government has also committed to building a new Centre for the Performing Arts that will also be named in Sir Sidney’s honour.“It is time for us now to give also to those who are artists, actors and actresses, producers and directors, to release them and give their talent the best possible opportunity to be developed in the best possible facility – we are going to use the 40th anniversary as a catalyst,” said Mr Christie. Mr Christie said the Bahamas’ 40th Independence celebration is also an opportunity to ensure that the history of the Bahamas and the works and lives of influential Bahamians are recorded and preserved. He added that it also will be marketed so that not only the Bahamas but the world can enjoy this celebration of heritage and culture.

“I want to invite all Bahamians to see this as an extraordinary beginning to the committee’s work and know that we will bring tremendous focus to all that is right about the Bahamas and we hope in the process to receive the intention of the world and already major efforts are being made to make this an event weekend that the world will take note of,” he said. Co-chairs of the Bahamas’ 40th Independence Anniversary Steering Committee, Dr Nicollette Bethel and Charles Carter said the 40th anniversary is about building up a national identity and reclaiming Bahamian heritage and culture. Mr Carter said the celebrations are intended to bridge the gap between generations of Bahamians.“It will be a joining of generations, and I sincerely mean that, from the generation that brought you Independence,” said Mr Carter.

When asked how much the government intends to spend on the anniversary, Mr Carter said celebrating what it is to be Bahamian is “priceless”. “It is priceless, how much do you spend to be you – we don’t want to make money the focus of this because what we are trying to do is reclaim our heritage and that is priceless,” he said. “We look at ourselves as being priceless, that is the beauty of this, it is the greatest process that any person can be involved in, the rediscovery of who you are.” Mr Carter said Singer Jennifer Hudson will be performing at the concert next month and further announcements regarding ticket information will be announced shortly.

 Bahamas' 40th Independence anniversary celebrations will open next month with the rededication of the Paradise Island Bridge in honour of Sir Sidney Poitier.

Original article: www.bahamaslocal.com/newsitem/57531/PI_Bridge_To_Be_Named_After_Sir_Sidney_Poitier.html

Make your plans now to attend the 3rd annual BronzeLens Film Festival, November 8 – 11, 2012 at the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquisbronze_festival_2011. In just three years, BronzeLens has become a must-attend event, drawing attendees and press attention from around the nation.

The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. The mission of the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is two fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.

From November 8 through 11, 2012, film lovers, actors, and film makers will gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television, and the production of both. The BronzeLens Film Festival will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening Master Classes led by top names in film, direction, and production.



Here are some of the highlights you don't want to miss of this year's outstanding festival:
  • For the first time anywhere – join legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon for "The Producers Roundtable." Top film and television producers tell you how's it's done!
  • Listen to one of the internet's biggest webisode stars, Issa Rae. The producer, director, and lead actor of Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl opens up about her incredible journey.
  • Award-winning author and playwright Pearl Cleage talks about her newest project in "From Novel to Screen: The Pearl Cleage Film Project, with Pearl Cleage and Dr. Ayoka Chenzira."
  • NAACP Image Award winning producer Roger Bobb shares his creative expertise and insight in a new workshop "Creating Comedy Shows with Roger Bobb"

Plus, new feature, short, and documentary films from both local and national filmmakers. Don't forget workshops and panels on everything from How to Attract Investors" to How to Pitch Your Film to the Media" and so much more. If you are creative visual artist – producer, actor, screenwriter, film maker, film student, or film and television supporter – then you should be at BronzeLens Film Festival this year! For more information visit. BronzeLensFilmFestival.com.

Photo: Kathleen Bertrand, Bronze Lens Executive Producer and Thomas Dortch, Jr., former chair 100 Black Men of America.

 

car_heri_awardsThe 19th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) Gala will pay homage to an an array of individuals who have excelled as writers, musicians, advocates and athletes. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present seven individuals with CARAH Awards on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 according to South Florida Caribbean News. The event takes place at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, USA.

The Caribbean American Heritage Awards recognizes individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in their field of expertise. This year's CARAH Awards gala celebrates the beauty of the steel pan, the power of the pen, global penchant for soccer and community advocacy.

This year's honorees include:

Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a powerhouse of advocacy and influence for the IT community.

Colin Channer, acclaimed author and assistant professor of English at Medgar Evers College. He is best known for his novels "Waiting in Vain" and "The Girl With the Golden Shoes."

Shaka Hislop, former soccer player and ESPN analyst on Soccernet Press.

cab_her_awardsConstance White, Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine.

Monty Alexander, renowned jazz musician whose musical career has spanned decades and included collaborations with Quincy Jones, Ray Brown and Natalie Cole on her tribute album "Unforgettable."

Robert Greenidge, noted panist earning recognition for his skillful art on the steel drums with performance alongside Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefers Band, John Lennon and Ringo Star of the Beatles.

Andy Ingraham, president and chief executive officer of the National Associatio of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers, Inc. As the head of the national advocacy group, Ingraham has been central to increasing the number of African-Americans that own, operate and manage hotels.

The CARAH Awards raise the profile of Caribbean Americans who have been successful in their fields. It was created by ICS as a forum for highlighting
Caribbean Americans' contributions to the advocacy, business and entertainment industry.

"This year we celebrated two major milestones in Caribbean history, 50 years of independence for Trinidad and Tobago as well as Jamaica. The CARAH helps to bring a close to this wonderful year by placing a spotlight on some of our most admirable and accomplished Caribbean Americans," said White House Champion of Change, ICS President and Founder, Dr. Claire Nelson.

"We invite everyone to help us honor these great individuals but also celebrate the accomplishments of the past 50 years and our hope for a visionary 50 more."

For more information, visit CARIBBEANHERITAGEAWARDS.ORG.

Top photo: 2011 CARAH

For the original report go to http://sflcn.com/story.php?id=12001

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On October 3 through 13th Havana will host the Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music with the participation of over 140 musicians from Bosnia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.

With this being its fourth edition, the event will host top international musicians such as the Bosnian lutist Edin Karamazov, French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, guitarist Ricardo Gallen of Spain, and Italian accordionist Marco Lo Russo.

Artists from Cuba will include pianist Ernan Lopez-Nussa, saxophonist Javier Zalba, bassist Jorge Reyes, flutist Niurka Gonzalez, and singer/songwriter Liuba Maria Hevia, as well as the groups Sonantas Habaneras, Grupo Giganteria and the Compania Danza Teatro.

The festival program also includes a series of talks on the now-deceased Buena Vista Social Club leader Compay Segundo, in whose honor Brouwer wrote the piece “Chacona, Compay Segundo in Memoriam,” which will be debuted to the world on October 13 at Havana’s National Theater.

For the original report go to http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=77944

asnoopAt this year's Toronto International Film Festival beginning September 7th, fans and the world will find out why rapper Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion through a new documentary according to Stan Schroder in an article for Mashable.com

One of the most recognizable names in hip hop is no longer quite the same: After a revelatory experience in Jamaica, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. — better known as Snoop Dogg — decided to change his artist name to Snoop Lion.

It may sound like a joke, but Snoop Dogg Lion seems to be very serious about it. “I didn’t know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, ‘Snoop Dogg.’ And he looked me in my eyes and said, ‘No more. You are the light; you are the lion.’ From that moment on, it’s like I had started to understand why I was there,” he said at a press conference in New York.

Snoop Lion expressed his disinterest in hip hop and decided his upcoming record will be a purely reggae one. “I’ve won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me ‘Uncle Snoop’ in rap. When you’re an uncle, it’s time to find something new … I want to feel like a kid again,” he said.

Further proof that Snoop means business: his new Twitter handle, @snoop_lion, as well as his new Tumblr account, available at http://snooplion.tumblr.com.

Snoop’s spiritual journey to Jamaica and decision to change his name have been documented in an upcoming documentary called Reincarnated. The documentary premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7.

For original report, visit http://mashable.com/2012/07/31/snoop-dogg-documentary-snoop-lion/#.                                         Photo: Examiner.com

 

cheif_awrd_afr_daybetty_and_tundeThe 2012 Africa Day Celebration in Atlanta was quite a success and people came out to partake in the celebration despite the sweltering heat. The Sixth Annual Africa Day put on by Chief Tunde Adetunji and the Africa Heritage Foundation (AHF) is the grassroots festive event that informs, acknowledges and promotes worldwide potential business opportunities, ideas and values of Africa as a continent of possibilities to Atlanta as well as the global community. The celebration embraced Africa’s vibrant culture and heritage and also facilitated networking opportunities. This year’s celebration was held with the theme“Africa Matters, Africa is the Future”.  

The occasion was marked with the presentation of the ‘Outstanding Georgian Citizen Awards to Dr. Neil Schulman, a medical professor at Atlanta's Emory University and Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emertius of Atlanta's Kennesaw State University. They were recognized for their outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence in their distinguished professions. They both presented exhilarating speeches endorsing the mission, visions and goals of the Africa Heritage Foundation.

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