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Monday, 21 May from 13:50 to 15:20

a. Diversifying Rwanda 's Tourism Industry: A Role for Domestic Tourism
b. Tourism contribution to Poverty Reduction

Models of Sustainable Tourism

Andreas Larentzakis, Greece. " Greek Island Pass - A taste of real Greece"
A unique island hopping program to experience the Greek island life and meet with the locals.  Plan your own itinerary in advance or go as you please visiting any of the 15 Greek islands included in your program. 
The Greek Island Pass includes ferry transportation between Athens and the Greek islands, meet and greet upon arrival and accommodation in private rooms or tourist class hotels with facilities.  Journey leisurely with an open heart and enjoy Greek hospitality and the friendships you make along the way.
Graduate in Business Administration Andreas spent most of his career in  the travel industry and was a tour operator in Australia for 20 years.  He became involved with IIPT in 1999 and coordinated the first ever conference on Peace through Tourism between Greek and Turkish travel professionals in the year 2000.  He was the volunteer coordinator for the 2nd IIPT Global Summit in Geneva in 2003 and is currently the Product Development Manager for Key Tours USA , a tour operator specializing in European holidays.

Joan L.I. Mazimhaka , Junior Consultant , OTF Group Diversifying Rwanda 's Tourism Industry: A Role for Domestic Tourism
Domestic tourism is an undeveloped theme in African tourism scholarship. Planning and promotion of tourism in most African countries is biased towards intentional tourism. This presentation will examine efforts within Rwanda to build its tourism industry after devastation in 1994, and the new initiatives it is undertaking to promote domestic tourism in the country.

Joan L.I. Mazimhaka , Junior Consultant , OTF Group
She works for the OTF Group, an American-based economic development firm, working on the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness (RNIC) project. Joan has worked with the RNIC project for five years advising industry leaders on strategy objectives and initiatives within the Tourism Cluster and with the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency. Joan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Humanistic Studies from McGill University as well as a Masters degree in Tourism Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand where she was awarded Distinction status on her Masters Dissertation entitled The Potential Impact of Domestic Tourism on Rwanda's Tourism Economy .

Chacha Kehengu, Resource Development & Administrative Director, Eco - tours
Tourism Contribution to Poverty Reduction

Tanzania is a country endowed with abundant wildlife and a superb climate, with 14 National Parks and numerous Game and Forest Reserves accounting for 38% of its landmass. 80% of its population live in rural areas where tourism activities mostly undertaken, but still they struggle daily with underdevelopment and poverty. Eco Tours, is a Moshi, Kilimanjaro based safari and trekking company, with broad objective to use tourism to improve the life of disadvantaged communities in Tanzania.

Previously he worked with Moshi Municipal Council as Assistant Accountant before joining the Civil Society Organizations Sector. From 1996 to 2004 he worked in various Community Development Projects funded by international and local donors as Finance and Administrative Officer. His responsibilities included resource development and administration. Today he owns and operates Eco Tours, a Moshi based safari and trekking company.  The company's goal of enabling underprivileged community groups with essential development services while conserving and utilizing natural local resources.

Victor Ray - Alternative Tours

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