UMF presents a symposium on sustainable tourism with Simon Mtuy, Libra scholar and Tanzanian trail expert, on April 8, 11 and 13

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present UMF Libra Scholar Simon Mtuy, leader in sustainable tourism and world record holder, to the UMF Symposium on Sustainable Tourism taking place April 8, 11 and 13.

The Libra Chair Program brings nationally and internationally renowned scholars to campuses in the University of Maine system to provide students and community members with exceptional faculty models for teaching, research, and service. public.

As tourism grows worldwide, it becomes increasingly important to reduce its negative impact on popular destinations. The goal of sustainable tourism is to help meet the needs of travelers while protecting natural environments, native wildlife and local communities.

Mtuy is the founder and director of Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience, a sustainable tourism company based in Moshi, Tanzania, located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro since 1998. He is Tanzania’s foremost mountain guide and trail runner. and the former holder of the Guinness World Record for the fastest unassisted ascent and descent of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

A community leader and strong advocate for environmental sustainability, Mtuy is a climate change activist and has worked with organizations like National Geographic to collect data on climate change. During his residency at the UMF from April 4 to 15, he will speak on sustainable tourism to students from different promotions.

Additionally, the following Symposium events are free and open to the public. For current UMS Covid policy for visitors, go to

“Sustainable Tourism: From Maine to Moshi Tanzania”

Friday, April 8, 11:45 a.m.

UMF Roberts Learning Center, room. 023 or by zoom

Conference presented by Simon Mtuy and Russell Walters of the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

“Promoting sustainable tourism: telling stories through film”

Monday April 11, 6-7 p.m.

UMF Roberts Learning Center, room. 023

Rob Holmes, GLP Films (Maine) will explain how and why he became involved in storytelling sustainable tourism through film.

“Round table on sustainable tourism in the world”

Wednesday, April 13, 11:45 a.m.

Via zoom with speakers from all over the world

Simon Mtuy – Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experiences (Tanzania), Asta Kristin Sigurjonsdotir – Icelandic Tourism Cluster (Iceland), T. Galie – Centro de Investigacion Ecosistemas de la Patagonia (Chile), Lucas St Claire – Katahdin Woods & Waters (Maine)
To join events with Zoom, use the following link

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