PROGRAM

 

 

The Africa Travel Association

32nd ANNUAL
CONGRESS

May 6 – 11, 2007

 

Building a Positive Unified Image for African Tourism Development

 

 

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS:

 

ATA, African Ministries of Tourism, Suppliers,

Tour Operators, and the Media

 

Launching: The Africa Tourism Market Place

 

Celebrating Ethiopia’s Millennium

&

Ethiopian Airlines 61st Year of Service


 

 

 

 

The Africa Travel Association’s

32nd ANNUAL CONGRESS

May 6 – 11, 2007

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

Organized under the auspices of the:

 

 

Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

SPONSORED BY

 

ETHIOPIA MINISTRY OF CULTURE & TOURISM

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

GHANA MINISTRY OF TOURISM

NIGERIA MINISTRY OF CULTURE & TOURISM

SHATON ADDIS

TANZANIA MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES & TOURISM

ZAMBIA MINISTRY OF TOURISM, ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES

 

ATA MEDIA PARTNERS

 

AFRICA TRAVEL MAGAZINE

WWW.AFROPOP.ORG

ETURBO NEWS

THE AFRICA CHANNEL

THE AFRICAN TIMES

TRAVEL AGENT

TRAVEL WORLD NEWS

WWW.OGOSOW.COM

 

 

PRE- CONFERENCE

 

FRIDAY, MAY 4 – MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

 

Arrival: Staff members from the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Ethiopia will meet pre-registered international delegates in the arrival lounge of Bole International Airport and transport to Congress hotels (Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, Ghion Hotel & Sheraton Addis). A congress welcome booth will be available to assist Delegates.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007

 

3:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M.             DELEGATE CHECK-IN AND CONGRESS REGISTRATION

                                                On-site registration begins

Pre-registered delegates may pick up Congress kits at ATA Secretariat.                            

Location: Hilton Hotel

 

Open Evening – Please enjoy local restaurants in the city of Addis Ababa!

 


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

DAY 1—Monday, May 7

 

7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.         CONGRESS REGISTRATION

&

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.           On-site registration begins

Pre-registered delegates may pick up Congress kits at ATA Secretariat.

                                               

Location: Hilton Hotel

 

8:30 A.M.                               Busses depart from Hilton, Sheraton & Ghion to Opening Ceremonies

 

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 AM          OPENING CEREMONIES

To include presentation on Ethiopia’s culture, environment & people

 

Location: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Headquarters

 

Welcoming Remarks:

His Excellency Girma Woldegiorgis

President

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir Gheddi (MP)

Minister of Culture and Tourism

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey,

Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Affairs,

Republic of Ghana, and

President, Africa Travel Association

 

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto

United States Ambassador to Ethiopia

 

Mr. Edward J. Bergman

Executive Director

Africa Travel Association

 

 

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.         LUNCH

Location: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Headquarters

 

                                                Sponsored by: Sheraton Addis

 

2:00 P.M - 3:30 P.M.             RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

AFRICA TOURISM EXHIBITION & ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

Hosted by: Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Ethiopia

 

Location: The Ethiopian National Theatre

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:45 PM             CLOSED SESSION:

“COUNCIL OF TOURISM MINISTERS OF AFRICA (CTMA)” AND MEETING OF ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Co-Chair: Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir Gheddi (MP)

Minister of Culture and Tourism

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Co-Chair: Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Ghana, and President, Africa Travel Association

 

Location: Ethiopia Ministry of Tourism & Culture

 

7:30 P.M - 10:00 P.M.           WELCOME DINNER

“BRINGING THE WORLD TO AFRICA”

Hosted by: Mr. Girma Wake, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

           

                                                Location: Hilton Hotel

 


DAY 2 — Tuesday, May 8

 

Location: All sessions & lunch on this day to take place at the Hilton Hotel

 

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.        General Session - Developing a Framework for Promoting & Branding Africa as a Unified Tourism Destination

 

Facilitated by: Ambassador Daudi N. Mwakawago, Former Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Nations & Former UN Special Representative of the Security General to Sierra Leone

 

Remarks: Edward J. Bergman, Executive Director, Africa Travel Association

 

Co-Chair: Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir Gheddi (MP)

Minister of Culture and Tourism

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Co-Chair: Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Ghana, and President, Africa Travel Association

 

Hon. Abdoulie Janneh*

Executive Secretary, UNECA

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

 

His. Excellency Alpha Oumar Konare

Chairperson, Africa Union Commission

 

Mr. Shaun Mann

Tourism Development Specialist, Private Sector Development, Africa Region, World Bank

 

Prof. Firmino Mucavele*

Executive Head, NEPAD Secretariat

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development

 

Hon. Gert, C. Oosthuizen, M.P.*

Deputy Minister

Sports and Recreation South Africa

 

UNWTO Representative*

 

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.         CONNECTING AFRICA: THE SKY IS THE LINK

 

Chairman: Mr. Girma Wake, Chief Executive Officer,

Ethiopian Airlines

 

Facilitator: Mr. Christian E. Folly-Kossi, Secretary General, Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA)

 

Mr. Billy Braithwaite, Manager, Marketing & Sales,

North American Airlines

 

Representative of Eng. Atef Abdel Hamid, Chairman, Egypt Air

 

Mr. Gabriel Geenga Olowo, Executive Director,

Bellview Airlines

 

Mr. Murray Smyth, Regional Vice President,

Sabre Airline Solutions

 

Mr. Chris Zweigenthal, Deputy Chief Executive,

Airlines Association of Southern Africa

 

1:00 – 2:30 P.M.                     ATA PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON

Hosted by: Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey,

Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Ghana, and President, Africa Travel Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2:30 – 5:00 P.M.                     GENERAL SESSION - “EMERGING GROWTH MARKETS FOR AFRICA TOURISM ENTREPRENEURS”

 

Facilitator: Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Republic of Zambia and

Vice President, Africa Travel Association

 

Education and Student Travel

Presenter: Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Vice Provost

Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

 

The Asia Market

Presenter: Mr Alwin Zecha, Executive Board Member

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

 

Cultural Tourism

Presenter: Sean Barlow, Executive Producer, Afropop.org

 

Travel for Volunteer, Education & NGO Experiences

Presenter: Rena Dascal, American Jewish World Service Corps.

 

Faith Based Tourism

Presenter: Ms. Nell Diallo, MedShare

 

Representative from Abyssinian Baptist Church INVITED

 

African Diaspora

Presenter: Mr. Ogo Sow,

Radio Journalist

ATA Diaspora Affairs Advisor to the Executive Director

 

Accessible Travel - Society for Accessible Travel in Hospitality

 

8:00 - 10:00 P.M.                  Zambia Gala Night Dinner

Hosted by: Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Republic of Zambia and Vice President, Africa Travel Association

Location: TO BE CONFIRMED


DAY 3—Wednesday, May 9

 

Location: All sessions & lunch on this day to take place at the Hilton Hotel

 

8:30 - 9:15 A.M.                     LAUNCHING “AFRICA TOURISM MARKETPLACE”

 

Remarks: Mr. Edward J. Bergman, Executive Director

Africa Travel Association

 

                                                Presentation: Dr. Tanya Abrahams, Managing Director

Africa .travel Tralliance Corporation

 

Presentation: Mr. Sujit Chowdhury, Secretary General,

2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit - Bejing, China

 

Presentation: Mr. Mark Walton, Executive Vice President

Africa Channel

 

9:30 A.M – 1:00 P.M.            THREE PERSPECTIVES ON MARKETING AFRICA AS A WHOLE

 

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.        GOVERNMENT DESTINATION ROUNDTABLE FORUM

                                               

Co-Chair: Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir Gheddi (MP)

Minister of Culture and Tourism

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Co-Chair: Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Ghana, and President, Africa Travel Association

 

Speakers:

 

Hon. Paulino Domingos Baptista, Deputy Minister of Hotels & Tourism, Angola

 

Hon. Henri Djombo, Minister of Economy and Forestry, Republic of Congo

 

Hon. Morris M. Dzoro, M.P. Minister of Tourism & Wildlife, Kenya*

 

Hon. El Hadj Baba Hamadou, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Cameroon

 

Hon. Rejoice Mabudathasi, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Republic of. South Africa*

 

Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, MP, Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism, Republic of Tanzania*

 

Hon. Ousmane Masseck Ndiaye, Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, Republic of Senegal

 

Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Republic of Zambia

 

Dr. Soumanou Seibou Toleba, Minister of Tourism, Benin

 

10:45 P.M. - 11:45 P.M.        TOUR OPERATORS’ FORUM

 

Facilitated by: Doris D. Wooten, Africa-Tour-Rific & New York ATA Chapter President

 

Speakers:

 

Chief Rev. Margaret B. Idowu Fabiyi, President, Webisco Travel and Tour, Nigeria

 

Ms. Mariama Ludovic de Lys, Managing Director, West Africa Tours, Mali

 

Mr. Rumit G. Mehta, Safari Ventures, U.S.A.

 

Ms. Robin Tauck, President, Tauck World Discovery, U.S.A.

 

Representative from Micato Safari’s*, U.S.A.

 

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.          SUPPLIERS’ ROUNDTABLE FORUM

 

Facilitated by: Mr. Hagos Legesse, Travel & Tourism Marketing Consultant & ATA Executive Director Emeritus

 

Speakers:

                                               

Mr. Marcel M. Andeweg, Director General, Benin Marina Hotel

 

Mr. Omar Carrera, Director of Sales & Marketing,

Sheraton Addis

 

Roger A. Kacou, Director of Operations – Africa / General Manager, Inter Continental Nairobi*

 

Mrs. J Mehl, Executive Director, Tourism Council of Zambia

 

Mr. Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation

 

1:00 P.M. - 2: 30 P.M.         LUNCHEON

 

Hosted by: Hon. Professor Babalola Borishade, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Federal Republic of Nigeria &

Mr. Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation

 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM               CHAPTER PRESIDENTS MEETING

 

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM               YOUTH FORUM MEETING

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM               ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

All ATA members and perspective members are encouraged to attend

 

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM               PRESS CONFERENCE

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM               FILM SCREENING

                                                Random Acts – A Documentary of Giving

Ms. Juanita “Busy Bee” Briiton, Executive Producer/Writer & Interim ATA Mid-Atlantic Chapter President

 

8:00 P.M - 10:00 P.M.           TANZANIA GALA AWARDS DINNER

Hosted by: Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, MP, Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism, Republic of Tanzania

Location: TO BE CONFIRMED

 


DAY 4 — Thursday, May 10

 

Host Country Day

 

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.          

 

ETHIOPIA MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM TO PROVIDE DETAILS

 

8:00 P.M.                                ATA ANNUAL AWARDS GALA DINNER
Hosted by: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia

Location: Hilton Hotel

 

 

 

 

ATA ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION

 

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM WITHIN THE CONTINENT

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM TO THE CONTINENT

 

FOUNDERS AWARD

 

NEW PARTNERSHIP AWARD

 

ATA SERVICE AWARD FOR LONGTERM LEADERSHIP TO THE ASSOCIATION

 

 


DAY 5 – Friday, May 11

 

OPEN DAY – “IT’S EASY TO ENJOY ETHIOPIA”

 

BY INVITATION ONLY: One day trip to Lalibela organized by ATA and Ethiopian Airlines, for a limited number of delegates.

 

See ATA Secretariat for additional tours offered by ATA Members of the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



In Cooperation with MedShare International,

and with support from Miracle Corners of the World (MCW),

ATA is pleased to announce the contribution of a container of medical supplies

from the United States to a local hospital in the Lalibela region,

valued at several hundred thousand U.S. dollars.

 

 

This contribution is being made in an effort to connect with and provide tangible immediate benefit to the local community from the travel and tourism industry.

 

 

END


THE AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (ATA)

 

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the premiere international travel industry trade association, promoting tourism to the African continent and intra-Africa travel and partnership since 1975.  ATA membership includes African Ministries of Tourism, Tourism Boards, airlines, hoteliers, travel agents, tour operators, media, public relations firms, NGOs, and other individuals actively engaged in the promotion of travel to Africa.


ATA MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS SINCE 1976

 

ATA ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS

1976 – Nairobi, Kenya

1977 – Abidjan, Ivory Coast

1978 – Sousse/Monastir, Tunisia

1979 – Tangier, Morocco

1980 – Libreville, Gabon

1981 – Lusaka, Zambia

1982 – Lome, Togo

1983 – Cairo, Egypt

1984 – Banjul, The Gambia

1985 – Nairobi, Kenya

1986 – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1987 – Douala, Cameroon

1988 – Harare, Zimbabwe

1989 – New York, NY, USA

1990 – Casablanca, Morocco

1991 – Cairo, Egypt

1992 – Cote d’Ivoire

1993 – Lusaka, Zambia

1994 – Accra, Ghana

1995 – Nairobi, Kenya

1996 – Windhoek, Namibia

1997 – Cotonou, Benin

1998 – Arusha, Tanzania

1999 – Accra, Ghana

2000 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2001 – Cape Town, South Africa

2002 – Conakry, Guinée

2003 – Lusaka and Lingstone, Zambia

2004 – Douala, Cameroon

2005 – Nairobi, Kenya

2006 – Accra, Ghana

2007 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

ATA ECOTOURISM SYMPOSIUM

1992 – Saly / Dakar, Senegal

1994 – South Africa

1996 – Marrakech, Morocco

2000 – Abuja, Nigeria

2001 – Yaoundé, Cameroon

2002 – Fez, Morocco

2003 – Zanzibar, Tanzania

2004 – Kampala, Uganda

2005 – Luanda, Anogla

2006 – Calabar, Nigeria

 

ATA PRESIDENTIAL FORUM

2006 – New York, New York, USA


 

 

 

 

 



 

 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

ATA CONGRESS STAFF

EDWARD BERGMAN, Executive Director

NATHALIE PHILIPPE, Associate Director, Development & Membership Services

RENE TAYLOR, ATA Marketing Consultant

SELINA WANG, ATA China Outbound Market Coordinator

DORIS D. WOOTEN, President, NY-ATA

 

ATA SITE VISIT TEAM

EDWARD BERGMAN, Executive Director

ANDREW CHILUFYA, Principal Tourism Development & Research Officer, Ministry of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Zambia

NATHALIE PHILIPPE, Associate Director, Development & Membership Services

OGO SOW, Afrik Media / Ogo Sow Communications, ATA Board Member

DORIS D. WOOTEN, President, NY-ATA

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

ROBERT EILETS

 

OFFICIAL CONGRESS CARRIER

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

 

SPECIAL THANKS

BRADFORD GROUP

MR. KHALID ELACHI, Administrative Intern (U.S. ATA Headquarters)

MS. SHARON HAKAKIAN, Graphic Design Intern (U.S. ATA Headquarters)

MR. RONALD MRACKY, Africa Consult Group & ATA Board Member

MR. FELIX NYAKATALE, Miracle Corners of the World (MCW) Country Coordinator & Artist

PARTNER CONCEPTS
MS. SHARON ROLING
, Consultant to the Executive Director (U.S. ATA Headquarters)

 

HOST COUNTRY COMMITTEE

CHAIR:

H.E. MRS. TADELLECH DALACHO, STATE MINISTER

MEMBERS:

MR. MATEWOS GEBERMARIAM

MR. TESERA KIRFETEW

MR. TESFAYE DESALEGN

MR. SISAY GETACHEW

MRS. MAAZA ZERIHUEN

 

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