Sierra Leoneâ€™s Tourism Minister in the running for prestigious Africa-investor Tourism Award
Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced that the Hon. Hindolo Sumanguru Trye, Sierra Leoneâ€™s tourism minister, will join six other Africa ministers on the shortlist which could see the Honourable Hindolo Sumanguru Trye win the coveted Africa investor (Ai) African Tourism Minister of the Year Award.
The winnerâ€™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 Ministers shortlisted in the African Tourism Minister of the Year Award category include:
- Hon. Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister of Tourism, Ghana
- HE Catherine Namugala, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Zambia
- Hon. Eng W Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe
- Hon. N. Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia
- Hon. Shamsa Mwangunga, Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania
- Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Uganda
Commenting on the Awards, Prof Geoffrey Lipman, Special Advisor to the Under Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). â€œThese awards are Africaâ€™s only initiative designed to recognise the achievements of those businesses, governments, organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the growth of sustainable tourism investment in Africa,â€Â
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 the 15-17 February 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 $42.6bn. â€œAs in any region, travel and tourism acts as a catalyst for construction and manufacturing and these Awards will recognise those organisations pioneering such projects,â€ said Mr Danso.
The highly competitive Tourism investment Awards received entries from leading African groups in the following categories:
- TourismÂ Investment Programme of the YearÂ
- Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) of the YearÂ
- Hospitality Management Team of the YearÂ
- Sustainable Tourism Investment of the YearÂ
- Best Initiative Â Facilitating SME Tourism InvestmentÂ
- Hotel Investment of the YearÂ
- Tourism Investment Advisor of the YearÂ
- Business Airline of the YearÂ
- TI 2010 â€“ Legacy Investment of the YearÂ
Tourism investor City of the Year
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