FITUR (IFEMA), Madrid, Spain, 23 January 2014                             



First session (10.00 – 14.00), North Convention and Congress Center, Rooms 107-108

09.00 – 10.00     Registration

10.00 – 10.30     Official Opening              

                               Welcome by Mrs. Elcia Grandcourt, Director, UNWTO Regional Programme for Africa

                               Mr. Santiago Martínez-Caro, Director-General, Casa África

                               Mr. Luis Eduardo Cortés, Chairman of the IFEMA Executive Committe

                               Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General

                           Investour´s Recognition Award

10.30 – 13.00

Roundtable 1:

Air connectivity & visa facilitation, key factors for Africa’s tourism development

Moderator: Mr. Jon Howell, Regional Sales Manager- Europe and Africa, UBM Aviation Routes Ltd

-  H.E. Mr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Chairman of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, Zimbabwe

-  Mr. Frederick Diphotso, Programme Manager of Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA)   

-  Mr. Albert Muntané, Head of Network Planning & Distribution, Air Europa  

-  Mr. Miquel Alimbaou, Regional Marketing Manager, Turkish Airlines



Rountable 2:

Investing in Africa’s Hotel Infrastructure

Moderator: Mr. Matthew Weihs, Managing Director, Bench Events


- Hon. Mrs. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Tourism and Arts, Zambia

- Mr. Rafael Gómez-Jordana, Executive Director for Africa,Santander Bank

- Mr. John Alarcón, Development Manager, Meliá International Hotels

- Mr. Denis Sorin, CEO, Mangalis Management Group

- Mr. Imad Barrakad, CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

- Mr. Sidibé Seydou, Sales and Marketing Manager, Azalai Hotels



Closing remarks: UNWTO

13.00 – 13.30      Presentation of the 56th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa in 2014, Angola

13.30 – 15.00      Cocktail offered by INVESTOUR to the participants (North Convention and Congress Center, Salon Neptuno)

14.00 – 15.00      Luncheon for African and Middle East Tourism Ministers offered by IFEMA and UNWTO  


Second session (15.00-19.30), North Convention and Congress Center, Rooms 105-106

15.00 – 16.00      Registration

16.00 – 19.30      Meetings B2B (Business to Business)

*Each participant will be provided with a previously arranged agenda of appointments on the basis of the information provided in the registration form or online platform. All participants must have their own necessary logistic material in order to guarantee a successful meeting (Laptop, leaflets, catalogs, etc….) N.B. Participants are informed that there will be no technical assistance available such as computers with printers, photocopier, fax, scanner, internet, nor translation.

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