Hear about Sierra Leone: Africa’s Newest Tourism Destination



What do Dr. Jane Goodall, Michaela Guzy, and Dr. Memunatu Pratt have in common? A desire to relaunch Sierra Leone’s tourism industry. How did they do it?


A combination of wildlife, film, and a forward-thinking policy agenda. 


In February 2019, Dr Jane Goodall visited Sierra Leone, casting an international spotlight on the country’s Western Chimpanzee, mankind’s closest relative.  Dr. Goodall’s three-day visit to Sierra Leone, was celebrated with two major announcements: first, the declaration of the Western Chimpanzee as the National Animal of Sierra Leone, and second, the announcement that the country will adopt a more open stance to tourism. On September 5th, 2019, Sierra Leone announced more than 150 countries will receive Visa-on-Arrival, a landmark policy change. 


Filmmaker-journalist Michaela Guzy captured this important moment in the country’s history through the release of a mini-documentary film, which has since become a finalist in The World Wildlife Film Festival  in New York. Come, see, and hear how this remarkable change came about and what it means for Africa’s newest tourism destination.


WTM London Monday 4th November 2019 from 14:15 - 15:00

See more details : https://london.wtm.com/en/Sessions/81979/Shifting-Perceptions-Through-Wildlife-Film-and-Forward-Thinking-Policy