African Diaspora World Tourism Awards, Travel Expo to be held in Atlanta, US

African Diaspora World Tourism Awards, Travel Expo to be held in Atlanta, US

The African Diaspora World Tourism 2013 Awards and Travel Exhibition will take place on 26-28 April in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, event founder, producer and director Kitty J. Pope announced this week.

Pope is the editor of African Diaspora Tourism (ADT) online magazine, which is hosting the event in association with the AD King Foundation.

Apart from the ceremony awards, the three-day fiesta will also include a Travel Show Expo, an Africana Culture Performances Extravaganza, a Hall of Fame Luncheon, and Visit Africa and Caribbean luncheons, Pope said.

The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards reward and recognise professionals for outstanding services like tour operators, travel planners, culture and heritage scholars, tourism ministers and CEO’S, and other professionals in travel. “We will pay tribute to politicians, government officials, and people of all races who have contributed to the development and promotion of culture and heritage tourism in the places of the African Diaspora worldwide,” Pope said in a statement.

“Awards will also be given to destinations, historic sites, organisations, institutions and corporations.”

Pope added: “An award ceremony of this type is needed because we have shining stars who have worked hard to push forth agendas related to black culture and heritage tourism.  “There is the annual World Travel Awards that is the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry, but because of its uniqueness, I feel that a separate, special event is needed for the culture and heritage contributions of people of African descent.”

The official gala awards ceremony, recognising people who have made unique and significant contributions in the fields of black culture and heritage tourism, will take place on Saturday 27 April 2013 beginning with a reception at 6 pm.

Noted broadcast journalist Monica Kaufman Pearson is expected to host for the awards gala, while Bob Marley’s granddaughter Donisha will do the spoken word.

In addition to giving out awards at the ceremony, AfricanDiasporaTourism.com will honour 100 leaders in the ‘Hall of Fame’ who have made legendary contributions to the field of black culture and heritage in such a way as to significantly influence tourism.

These include:

  • Congressman John Lewis
  • Muhammad Ali and his wife
  • Coretta King
  • Danny Glover
  • Dr Julius Garvey
  • Dr Asa Hilliard
  • Bob and Rita Marley
  • ·       Former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade
  • Former Ambassador Andy Young
  • Tavis Smiley
  • ·       Dr Maulana Karenga
  • ·       Nigeria’s late famous musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
  • ·       Former African Union Commission chair Dr Jean Ping
  • ·       And many others from around the world.

The Hall of Fame luncheon honoring these legends will be earlier that day at noon.

On Friday the day before, there will be a “Visit Africa” Luncheon at noon where destinations from the motherland will provide information about touring their countries.

AD King Foundation co-founder and CEO Dr Babs Onabanjo said he was glad to help present an event that will bring people from Africa and people of African descent from around the world together. “Dignitaries, notables, travel industry experts and professionals will be able to come together for all types of networking opportunities,” he said.

Dr Onabanjo is the event executive producer.

“This will be a most historical and exciting three-day event because we are bringing all things related to black cultural and heritage tourism under one roof,” Pope said.

For registration and more information, log in www.ADWT-Awards.com, or call (404) 549-7215 or (404) 784-4095 for details.

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