World Tourism Network President Dr. Peter Tarlow issued a statement announcing the launch of WTN Africa and the appointment of its Africa Regional President.
The WTN Executive and Membership is happy to announce the launch of WTN Africa, which will champion Brand Africa, Africa Diaspora and other African interests within the organization and across the globe.
Dr Walter Mzembi, former and long-serving Minister of Tourism for the Republic of Zimbabwe and Minister of Foreign Affairs up to November 2017, has gladly accepted to lead this Division as its inaugural Regional President.
WTN will announce in due course other Regional Presidents who will champion the interests of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. No doubt under the able leadership of Dr. Mzembi, Africa Union’s Candidate for the elective post of Secretary-General of the UNWTO in 2017, Africa will be positioned for tourism recovery confronted with the existential challenge of COVID 19.
This challenge which has reversed the gains of this sector and its exponential growth a legacy of the decade during which he was Minister of Tourism and worked very ably with the likes of former Seychelles Minister Alain St Ange, Kenya’s Minister Najib Balala, Minister Bartlet of Jamaica and of course former Secretary-General Taleb Rifai amongst other eminent contributors.
Congratulations to the people of Africa and to Dr. Walter Mzembi whose astute diplomatic skills will be required as a closed world opens up to travel and tourism.
About the World Tourism Network
World Tourism Network is the long-overdue voice of small and medium-size travel and tourism businesses around the world. By uniting our efforts, we bring to the forefront the needs and aspirations of small and medium-sized businesses and their Stakeholders.
By bringing together private and public sector members on regional and global platforms, WTN not only advocates for its members but provides them a voice at the major tourism meetings. WTN provides opportunities and essential networking for its members in more than 128 countries.
By working with stakeholders and with tourism and government leaders, WTN seeks to create innovative approaches for inclusive and sustainable tourism sector growth and assist small and medium travel and tourism businesses during both good and challenging times.
It is WTN’s goal to provide its members with a strong local voice while at the same time providing them with a global platform.
WTN provides a valuable political and business voice for small and medium-sized businesses and offers training, consulting, and educational opportunities.
Our “Rebuilding Travel” initiative is a conversation, an exchange of ideas, and a showcase for the best practices by our members in more than 120 countries.
Our “Tourism Hero” Award recognizes those who go the extra mile serving the travel and tourism community but often get overlooked.
To accomplish these goals WTN encourages the establishment of regional chapters, like the African Tourism Board which will be able to address specific local and global issues within the respective local and global settings.
Our members are our team
They include known leaders, emerging voices, and members of the private and public sectors with a purpose-driven vision and a responsible business sense.
Our partners are our strength
Our Partners include private sector organizations and initiatives in destinations, the hospitality industry, aviation, attractions, trade shows, media, consulting, and lobbying as well as public sector organizations, initiatives, and associations.