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 Livingstone, Zambia
2004 - Douala, Cameroon
2005 - Nairobi, Kenya
2006 - Accra, Ghana
2007 - Addis Ababa,Ethiopia,

1992 - Saly / Dakar, Senegal
1994 - South Africa
1996 - Marrakech, Morocco
2000 - Abuja, Nigeria
2001- Yaounde, Cameroon
2002 - Fez, Morocco
2003 - Zanzibar, Tanzania -
2004 - Kampala, Uganda
2005: Luanda, Angola
2006 - Calabar, Nigeria

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NEWS BRIEF March 18, 2015
Contact: Ron Mracky 213 935-8845


SoCalATA 2015 Africa Travel Academy

Los Angeles - During the Los Angeles/Long Beach 2015 Travel & Adventure Show the Southern California Chapter of the Africa Travel Association conducted its updated, full-day Africa Travel Academy.

The Academy was attended by 24 front-line IATA and CST travel agents, representing 16 leading retail travel agencies in Southern California. The eight hour session was an intense training in what to, how to sell and how to book travel to Africa.

The Academy instructors were some of the leading Africa experts in America Alana Hayden of the iconic Born Free Safaris presented the Southern Africa segment, Jo Keita of the Nubian Tours gave details of what and how to sell West Africa destinations, Alan Feldstein of Infinite Safari Adventures gave an enthusiastic presentation of the East Africa destinations and offerings, Klaus Billep the CEO of Universal Travel System handled the unusual and rare adventures of Africa, Paula Newton of South African Airways provided an insight into the air traffic to and within Africa, and Jody Cole of Wild Rainbow African Safaris handled the specialized markets including the LGBT segment. Prem Sharma of the Best Safaris gave an overview of the booking relationship between the retail agents and the tour operators. Ron Mracky served as the Academy moderator, together with Sylvia Frommer-Mracky, both only days after concluding their nine-day inspection tour of the Tanzania southern camps and lodges and almost directly after the Academy departing for the ASTA Destination meetings in Morocco.

The Academy was opened by Michael Madison; President of the Southern California Africa Travel Association and at end of the eight hours closed the event with a special prize provided by SAA of two airline tickets to South Africa.

The Academy was well received and the post-Academy responses provided an insight into the qualitative nature of the event all the attendees volunteered that they learned how to and what to sell and most important how to book travel to Africa.