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Top 100 global travel agents jet into Tanzania as Samia clocks three Years in highest Office

They will on May 20-23, 2024, participate in the first summit to be held in Africa. The summit coupled with a six-day farmiliarisation trip serves as a beacon for global collaboration and synergy in the tourism industry.

THURSDAY March 21,2024

The summit slated for Arusha on May 20-23, 2024, is billed to elevate Tanzania’s tourism landscape at the global arena. PHOTOS | COURTESY

By Adam Ihucha

The Tranquility News Correspondent, Tanzania

The picturesque city of Arusha, known as Tanzania’s safari capital, is poised to make history as it plays host to the maiden International Tourism Summit 2024, first of its kind to be held in African continent.

This momentous occasion coincides with the three-year anniversary of Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan’s presidency, the first Tanzania’s female Head of State who is a tourism patron, making it an event of unparalleled significance.

The summit that brings 100 major global travel agents represents a powerful platform for further elevating Tanzania’s tourism landscape at the global stage.

The forthcoming summit slated for May 20-23, 2024, is set to be a grand affair, serving as a beacon for global collaboration and synergy in the tourism industry.

Spearheading this momentous event is the esteemed African Queen Adventures, a company renowned for its commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism practices.

The global travel agents will also participate in a six-day familiarisation trip to sample tourists attractions in the East African region.

African Queen Adventures Managing Director, Ms Alice Manupa, said the International Tourism Summit 2024, is the first global conference of its kind to be held in Africa’s soil.

“I’m so grateful to my esteemed business partner who doubles as the Founder and CEO of TravelShop Turkey and vice president of the International Ecotourism Society, Mr Murtaza Kalender, for accepting to bring the summit to Africa, and to Tanzania in particular,” Ms Manupa explained.

“We would like to thank nearly 400 tourism companies from about 100 countries who participated in our Zoom meeting towards the end of February to promote the International Africa Tourism Summit, which we will organise for the first time on May 20-24, 2024,” she said.

Echoing Ms Manupa’s statement, Mr Murtaza said the summit intends to introduce this magnificent undiscovered destination in Africa to tourism professionals worldwide.

“We want to contribute to the promotion of this destination by showcasing areas where numerous wildlife species inhabit national parks,” Mr. Murtaza said.

The Founder and CEO of TravelShop Turkey and vice president of the International Ecotourism Society, Mr Murtaza Kalender, says the summit intends to introduce the magnificent undiscovered destination in Africa to tourism professionals worldwide. PHOTO | LINKEDIN

Through this effort, he explained, they aim to bolster business volume and secure the deserved position in the global tourism market.

We aim to enhance our business volume by organising the inaugural International Tourism Summit in unforgettable Tanzania,” he said, adding:

“This event will bring together the world’s most experienced travel and tourism agents from all corners of the globe, and provide B2B meetings with local tourism professionals.”

Furthermore, the ITSA will orchestrate an extraordinary familiarisation (fam) trip to the region renowned for hosting the world’s most exquisite natural national parks and diverse wildlife.

This initiative aims at providing tourism professionals with an unforgettable educational journey.

Ms Alice Manupa, the African Queen Adventures CEO, the co-host of the Inaugural International Tourism Summit Africa 2024, says the summit will stimulate the tourism industry in Tanzania and Africa at the large.

The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (CEO), Mr Sirili Akko, said as the world converges in Arusha, delegates and participants would be treated to the breathtaking natural wonders and cultural richness that define the region.

Against the backdrop of majestic safaris and the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the summit promises to be an unforgettable experience, blending business and pleasure in a harmonious symphony of exploration and collaboration.

Mr. Akko said the convergence of the international tourism community in Arusha represents a transformative opportunity for promoting sustainable practices, foster cross-cultural exchange, and harness the potential for tourism to serve as a catalyst for economic empowerment and societal advancement.

“With the visionary leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the unparalleled natural beauty of Arusha as the setting, the 2024 inaugural International Tourism Summit is poised to carve its place in history, symbolising a pivotal moment of unity, progress, and celebration for the global tourism industry,” Mr. Akko notedΩ

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