ATA’s 9th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism, September 22nd, 2014

ATA’s AFRICA TOURISM DAY featuring the 9th Annual ATA Presidential Forum on Tourism at New York University on Monday, September 22, 2014!

The Africa Travel Association will hold its 9th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism on Monday, September 22, 2014 on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly. This high-profile event, which is co-hosted by New York University-Africa House, will bring together tourism leaders from across Africa to spotlight the critical role tourism plays in driving socio-economic growth and development.

Presidential Forum on Tourism:

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Open Forum on African Tourism 

Master of Ceremony: 

  • Mr. Ali Velshi, Host of Real Money with Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America


  • Hon. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of The Gambia
  • Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Hon. Elizabeth Ofusu-Adjare, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts, Republic of Ghana
  • Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency

Travel Trade Sessions:

2:00 – 2:50 pm: Travel Trends Talk


  • Mark Walton, Onyx Global Marketing


  • Jim Brody, President & Chief DMO Nerd, A Sense of Place
  • Rumit Mehta, Founder & CEO, Immersion Journeys
  • Cherae Robinson, Founder, Rare Customs/Tastemakers Africa

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Breaking the Mold: How Younger Generations Differ from Past Generations


  • Katka Lapelosova, Managing Editor & Director of Social Media, Matador Network


  • Marisa Costa, Director of NEXT, ProTravel International & Tzell Travel Group
  • Gilad Goren, Founder & Executive Director, Travel+Social Good
  • David Kartagener, Vice President, Kartagener Associates Inc.;  Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Young Travel Professionals

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Expert Workshops

Small groups will have the opportunity for one-on-one time with industry experts who will provide personalized guidance on topics of interest. 

Social Media & Marketing: 

  • Bob Knorpp, Chief Strategist, The Cool Beans Group; Host, The Bean Cast Podcast
  • Mo Krochmal, Executive Editor, Social Media News NY

Content Creation/Strategy: 

  • Sam Slaughter, Vice President of Content, Contently
  • Ethan Gelber, Director of Content, RW Social; Co-Founder, Outbounding

Trends & Brand Strategy: 

  • Jim Brody, President & Chief DMO Nerd, A Sense of Place
  • Cherae Robinson, Founder, Rare Customs/Tastemakers Africa

Public Relations: 

  • Jeff Chatterton, President, Checkmate Public Affairs
  • Joey Parr, Strategic Communications & Media Relations Consultant

More Info:


Email or call (212) 447-1357 to reserve your spot for the 9th Annual Presidential Forum.


Media wishing to attend either event must apply for media accreditation. To receive a form, please email