In an effort to showcase tourism in African countries, NYU Africa House hosted a group of African officials and representatives on September 22nd at NYU’s Kimmel Center. The 9th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism featured over 40 dignitaries from different countries representing their tourism and hospitality industries.
NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute that focuses on the contemporary social, economic and political issues of the African continent. The Institute works closely with several of NYU’s faculty members, including the Department of Occupational Therapy’s own Dr. Offiong Aqua, who is a longtime member of Africa House, serving on its health advisory committee. Dr. Aqua, who holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Physical Therapy, and Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well, has developed several important health initiatives that have imparted training and fostered research in Ghana and Nigeria.
Africa House’s annual Presidential forum seeks to provide a platform to leaders from Africa to showcase facets of the continent to relevant stakeholders in the US. Considering the critical role tourism plays in driving the socio-economic growth of a number of countries in Africa, the event provided an opportunity to the representatives to demonstrate their resources. The Presidential forum also included several expert workshops where small groups of officials got the opportunity to talk with industry experts to get their guidance on promoting tourism. The event runs in parallel to the UN General Assembly that takes place in New York City each year.