Black Meetings and Tourism

JAN/FEB 2012

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TANZANIA, BOASTING SOME OF THEWORLD'SMOST FAMOUS ICONS, KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO CRATER, ZANZIBAR,CELEBRATES ITS 50THANNIVERSARY WITHANARRAY OF FESTIVITIES T anzania celebrated its 50thAnn- iversary of Independence on December 9, 2011 with an array of activities including a climb to the "Roof of Africa", Mount Kilimanjaro and festivals celebrating Tanzania cul- ture. Tanzania's Mainland became inde- pendent from Great Britain on December 9, 1961 and since then Tanzania has evolved into a prosperous, peaceful and stable democratic country. "Tanzania will be marking its 50th Anniversary as a year- long celebration," said Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, managing direc- tor, Tanzania Tourist Board. "We wel- come guests to join us and experience the diversity of Tanzania and the warm hospitality of its people,during this excit- ing and proud time in our history." The Kilimanjaro Uhuru Climb,Moshi, TheTanzaniaTourist Board in collab- oration with Tanzania National Parks A Group of Climbers reach Uhuru Peak of Mount Kilimanjro, the highest point in Africa. andZaraTanzaniaAdventures hosted a grandKilimanjaro expeditionDecember 4-7 comprising of 200 climbers from all corners of the world to mark the golden anniversary ofTanzaniamainland's inde- pendence.The climbers used four differ- ent routes to scale the mountain and all met at Uhuru Peak on the eve of cele- brating the Independence Day, December, 9, 2011. The Expedition was in honor of Tanzania's first President, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere's efforts in tourism development and his campaign to spearhead Tanzania's inde- pendence andAfrican unity. Nyerere Day Relay Marathon,Mwanza, On December 4, the Nyerere Day Relay Marathon ran from Mwanza on Lake Victoria to Butiama Village, the birth place of the founding father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, a distance of 192km. The event involved 100 runners,who ran in groups of 10 runners each. Each group ran 19 km lap. The event was organized by Capital Plus of Dar es Salaam. Independence Day Celebrations,Dar es Salaam, December 9, 2011 The climax of the golden anniversary of independence was marked with a national celebration at the National Stadiumon 9thDecember, 2011. For more information on Tanzania, visit KENYAAIRWAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVEAPPOINTED TOIATABOARDOFGOVERNORS Dr. Titus Naikuni, group managing director and CEO of Kenya Airways, has been appointed to the International AirTravelAssociation (IATA)Board of Governors. Dr. Naikuni, who is serving on the Board for the second time, was also appointed to the 2012 Nominating Committee during theAssociation's 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Singapore on June 6th. IATA is an international trade body that represents, leads and serves over 230 airlines comprising 93% of sched- uled international air traffic.The Board is composed of 31 persons elected from its members, who serve without remu- neration. Their responsibilities include oversight and executive decision-mak- ing on behalf of the membership in order to provide policy directives and guidance to IATA Industry Comm- ittees, subsidiary bodies, IATA Traffic Conferences and to industry settlement plans. This appointment places Dr. Naikuni at the center of decision mak- ing for the aviation industry. It is a cul- mination of experience and expertise gained after 8 years at the helm of one of Africa's leading airlines, Kenya Airways, and underpins the level of confidence that IATA members place in his leadership capabilities. 54 Black Meetings & Tourism January/February 2012: Photo Credit: Zara Tours

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