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African Tourism Minister of the Year

African tourism ministers set for prestigious tourism award

Apolinari Tairo, eTN  Feb 12, 2010

Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mrs. Shamsa Mwangunga, has been announced as one of six other African tourism ministers short-listed for a prestigious coveted African Tourism Minister of the Year Award.

According to the organizers, the Africa Investor (AI), Mrs. Mwangunga will join other ministers in the same portfolio from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Namibia.

Africa Investor (AI) said this week that Tanzania’s tourism minister will join six other Africa ministers on the shortlist to receive the award later in February.

The winner’s name is contained in a shortlist and will be announced by Africa Investor, a leading international investment research and communications group, at its annual Tourism Investment Summit Awards Ceremony.

Other African Tourism Ministers short-listed to receive the award are Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe; Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry (Uganda); Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister of Tourism (Ghana); Catherine Namugala, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources (Zambia); Hindolo Sunanguru Tyre, Minister of Tourism of Sierra Leone; and Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism.

Commenting on the awards, Geoffrey Lipman, special advisor to the under secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said the awards are Africa’s only initiative designed to recognize the achievements of those businesses, governments, organizations, and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the growth of sustainable tourism investment in the continent.

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on February 16 at the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Convention Centre, in Harare, Zimbabwe. It will coincide with the Africa Investor Tourism Investment Summit 2010 from February 15-17 at the same venue.

Commenting on the shortlist, the vice chairman of African Investor, Hubert Danso, said that sub-Saharan African travel and tourism capital investments was estimated at US$20.4 billion in 2008 and by 2018 should reach US$42.6 billion.

“As in any region, travel and tourism acts as a catalyst for construction and manufacturing, and these awards will recognize those organizations pioneering such projects,” said Mr. Danso.

The highly-competitive Tourism Investment Awards received entries from leading African groups in the following categories: Tourism Investment Program of the Year, Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) of the Year, Hospitality Management Team of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Investment of the Year, Best Initiative Facilitating SME Tourism Investment, and the Hotel Investment of the Year.

Other categories are the Tourism Investment Advisor of the Year, Business Airline of the Year, TI 2010 – Legacy Investment of the Year, and Tourism Investor City of the Year.

Africa Investor is a specialist investment communications firm advising governments, international organizations, and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa.
Africa Investor publishes Africa Investor, the leading international news stand magazine for Africa’s investment decision makers; maintains the Africa Investor 40 Investors’ Index; hosts the Ai Index Series Summit and Awards; and the Africa Investor Infrastructure Projects Summit and Awards.

African tourism ministers set for prestigious tourism award
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