Community-based Tourism Info-Fair, June 2007

Community-based Tourism Info-Fair, 2007

A special two afternoon info-fair on Community-based Tourism was held on Wednesday and Thursday, 6th - 7th June 2007 at the New Arusha Hotel in partnership with the Karibu Trade Fair. Chaired by Mr Richard Rugimbana (Executive Secretary of the Tourism Confederation of Tanzania), the info-fair provided concise topical seminars, with plenty of opportunity for discussion. There were summary hand-outs and additional take-away information.

Speakers were:

Mr Ibrahim Mussa, Principal Tourism Officer, Division of Tourism, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

Mr Richard Rugimbana, Executive Secretary of the Tourism Confederation of Tanzania

Mrs Judy Kepher-Gona, Projects Coordinator, Ecotourism Society of Kenya

Mr Ali Kaka, Director, East African Wildlife Society

Mr David Petersen, Managing Director, Dorobo Tours and Safaris, Tanzania

Mr David Erickson, Director, Robin Hurt Foundation, Tanzania

Mr Makko Sinadei, Programme Officer, Ujamaa Community Resource Trust, Tanzania

Dr Alan Rodgers, Consultant, Kenya

Mr Fred Nelson, Researcher and Consultant, Tanzania

Mr Damian Bell, Executive Director, Karibu Trade Fair, Tanzania

Mr Francis Stolla, Hekima Advocates, Tanzania

The objectives of the seminars were:

1. To provide an opportunity for business people and government representatives to better understand what community-based tourism is;
2. To facilitate information sharing and debate among those already in community-based tourism;
3. To better understand what would be most useful for inclusion in a forthcoming community-based tourism tool-kit for the private sector;
4. To encourage business people to subscribe to a community-based tourism working group – so that TNRF can help provide the services that the business community needs for community-based tourism.



We would like to thank sincerely the sponsors of the event (logos to follow):

Karibu Trade Fair | Frankfurt Zoological Society | Conservation Resource Centre | Conservation Foundation Trust | Instituto Oikos | Ujamaa Community Resource Centre | The Arusha Hotel | Dorobo Tours and Safaris | Moivaro Coffee Plantation | Honey Guide Foundation | Kiliwarrior Expeditions | Matembezi | Sand County Foundation | Serena Hotels | Kibo Tours | Asilia | Sokwe | Robin Hurt Foundation | Friedkin Conservation Foundation