Bermuda premier to headline IIPT conference

The Bermuda Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport,
The Hon. Dr. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP will be a keynote speaker at the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism.

This is being held May 20 - 25 in Kampala,
Uganda under the patronage of H. E. Yomeri Kaguta Museveni.

The conference is being organized by IIPT - the International Institute for Peace through Tourism - in partnership with the Africa travel
Association (ATA) in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the
Children of the World and the UN Millenium Development Goals.
As Minister of Tourism and Transport, and Deputy Premier, Dr. Brown hosted the 2006
Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference held in Bermuda, September 2006.
The goal of the 2006 conference was to provide a continuing forum for sharing
philosophies,  policies,  resources,  strategic   models, and cultural   expression
that enhance heritage tourism development and stimulate the perpetuation of
African Diaspora Heritage Trail destinations, programs and products - all crafted
from the perspective of people of the African Diaspora working to conserve the vast
achievements of Africa’s cultures.


Over a period of almost four centuries, four million Africans were transported to
North America and the Caribbean Islands in the Atlantic Slave trade, the largest
forced migration in world history.
The African Diaspora is the story of how African people, though scattered and
dispersed, managed to retain their traditions and reform their identities in a New
World.
It was the vision of former Minister of Tourism, the late Honorable David H. Allen
JP, MP that the African Diaspora Heritage Trail would link historic and cultural
sites throughout the countries

Hon. David Allen, the late Minister of Tourism, Bermuda
of the Diaspora, so that potential visitors could follow its global trail and be
properly educated on sites of significance.
Sites in Bermuda, the Caribbean, South, Central America, Africa and the United
States would be identified and linked together. The African Diaspora Heritage Trail
identifies, conserves and promotes historic sites, linking 500 years of the history
of people of African descent, and serving to focus attention on a unified culture,
history and heritage.

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IIPT looks forward to continuing its support of the Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail
as part of the
4th IIPT African Conference goals.
Other Confirmed Keynote Speakers include: Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism,
Republic of Zambia; Mr. H. E. Joseph Malwal Dong, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
of Sudan, H.E.  Senator Akel Biltaji, Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdulah II,
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Sir Janantilal (Andy) Chande, KBE; Renee Webb, former
Minister of Tourism and Communications, Bermuda; Birger B├Ąckman, former Director
General and currently Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors, United Federation of
Travel Agencies Associations (UFTAA) Board; and Anastasia Mann, Chairman and CEO,
Corniche Travel Group.

Kampala Serena Hotel to be Venue and Official Hotel of
4th IIPT African Conference
We are pleased to announce that the Kampala Serena Hotel has been selected as the
Conference Venue and Official Hotel of the 4th IIPT African Conference. The hotel is
the latest addition to the Serena Group of Hotels, owned and operated by Tourism
Promotion Services (TPS), an arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development
(AKFED).

The five star Kampala Serena Hotel is a milestone for Uganda’s tourism industry. It
is the most recent of the Serena Group of Hotels 17 properties in Africa as part of
its mandate to contribute to sustainable economic growth in an environmentally and
culturally sensitive manner.
At its Official Opening on November 10, 2006, President Museveni congratulated the
AKFED for its contribution to the country saying “The story of the Serena is the
story of the recovery of Uganda. The fact that you can have such a world-class hotel
in Uganda is proof that Uganda is recovering.”
Also speaking at the hotel’s inauguration ceremony, His Highness the Aga Khan
said, ” Our intention   is that this major new hotel in the Capital City of
Uganda can be followed by a quality circuit of new resorts and safari lodges in
the Ugandan

His Highness the Aga Khan and His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni arrive at the
inauguration of the Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Photo credit: AKDN/Gary Otte
countryside. When that happens, a new East African travel circuit will be completed
—featuring world class, state-of-the-art facilities, comprising a unique array of
inspiring attractions, and offering a holiday experience second-to-none.”
The Serena Kampala Hotel is part of a broad development program in Uganda that
includes healthcare; primary, secondary and tertiary education; training for
professionals, including nurses and doctors, infrastructure projects that include
hydroelectricity and rural electrification, and other private sector initiatives
that include the fabrication of fish nets for Lake Victoria’s fishermen, the
manufacture of essential pharmaceuticals and the operation of important media
outlets.
In announcing the Kamapla Serena decision, IIPT Founder and President said, “The
Serena Group of Hotels provides an exemplary model of the potential for the tourism
and hospitality industry to serve a “higher purpose” as IIPT has advocated since its
founding in 1986. We look forward to working with the highly professional management
and staff of the Kampala Serena in making this the best IIPT African Conference to
date.”
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