HE Ombeni Y. Sefue, Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States, presented the 2009 Tanzania Tourist Board Print Media Award to journalist Eloise Parker at the African Travel Association’s (ATA) Fourth Annual Presidential Forum held at the Kimmel Center of New York University on Friday September 25, 2009. Ms. Parker was honored for her first-hand account of summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro which appeared in the New York Daily News print and online edition. Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Africa House of NYU, and South African Airways co-sponsored the event.
Hon. Samia H. Suluhu, Minister of Tourism, Trade & Industry, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, presented a speech on behalf of HE Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Other participants in the forum were the Honorable Baba Hamadou, Minister of Tourism of Cameroon; His Excellency Dr. Kaire M. Mbuende, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations; Honorable Anna A. Kachikho, MP, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife, and Culture of Malawi; Her Excellency Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States; His Excellency Dr. Oldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honorable Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank, Washington, DC.
Tanzania, the largest country in east Africa, is focused on wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism, with approximately 28 percent of the land protected by the government. It boasts 15 national parks and 32 game reserves. It is the home of the tallest mountain in Africa, the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro; The Serengeti, named in October, 2006, the New 7th Wonder of the World by USA Today and Good Morning America; the world-acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, often called the 8th Wonder of the World; Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind; the Selous, the world’s largest game reserve; Ruaha, now the largest National Park in Africa; the spice islands of Zanzibar; and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most important for visitors, the Tanzanian people are warm and friendly, speak English, which together with Kiswahili, are the two official languages, and the country is an oasis of peace and stability with a democratically-elected and stable government.