By Fred Simiyu
DISCOVER MAGICAL KENYA
DURING ATA'S 40TH ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS IN NOVEMBER 2015
We invite you to join us for ATA's 40th Annual World Congress in Nairobi, Kenya from November 9-14, 2015, where we will be hosted by the Kenya Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism and the Kenya Tourism Board.
During the congress as part of the program, ATA delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive offsite visits to:
November 9th, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the DSWT is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Learn more..
November 11th, Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center. The museum was once a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city center, the farmhouse gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s autobiography. Learn more.
November 13th, Congress Host Country Day (delegates may select one):
Lake Nakuru National Park. On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru, surrounding escarpment, and picturesque ridges.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Today Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees in a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market.
Extend Your Visit with Pre- & Post-Congress Tours
Arrive early or stay beyond the congress program to further explore Magical Kenya with special pre- and post-congress tours offered by ATA members.
Find more information on ATA's 40th Annual World Congress here:
Join us in discovering Magical Kenya,
Africa Travel Association
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April 14, 2015
THE AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION RETURNS TO KENYA FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS
Experience Magical Kenya November 9-14, 2015
NEW YORK, NY, April 14, 2015 – The Africa Travel Association (ATA), the leader in promoting tourism to Africa, will hold its 40th Annual World Congress in Nairobi, Kenya from November 9- 14, 2015. The international tourism meeting will be hosted by the Kenya Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism under the auspices of Cabinet Secretary Hon. Phyllis Kandie.
Known as Magical Kenya, the country offers an abundance of wildlife opportunities, as well as an astonishing diversity of landscapes and cultures. As the East African hub for business and technology, the country is known for its excellent domestic travel infrastructure and the wide range of tourism activities and services it provides for its visitors. From tropical forests and beaches to vast deserts and majestic mountains, tourists in Kenya can experience a different safari every day.
ATA Congresses provide a unique networking, learning, and agenda-shaping platform for Africa tourism stakeholders. The 2015 program will include a line-up of educational and professional development sessions; a Tourism Ministers’ Roundtable; sessions to Meet the Ministers, Meet the Media, and Africa Meets the World, where buyers and suppliers will meet; visits to Nairobi’s top sites; and a range of networking events, including a Kenya Culture Night and ATA Awards Ceremony, receptions, working lunches, and a gala dinner.
As the early founding members of the association, the Kenyan government shares a special connection with ATA. The first ATA Congress in Africa was hosted in Kenya in 1976 and the Kenyan Government has fostered a tradition of hosting the ATA Congress every ten years. “Our partnership with ATA is very important as the U.S. remains a significant source market for Kenya. The Kenya tourism industry is looking forward to welcoming ATA delegates for a successful conference in November to highlight all the country has to offer,” said Kandie.
ATA Executive Director Edward Bergman said, “On the occasion of ATA’s 40th anniversary, we are eager to return to Kenya for this milestone in ATA’s history. We are delighted to bring together the public and private sectors, travel industry, and media to participate in the Congress. This also comes at an important time to showcase Kenyan tourism to show that Kenya is an incredible destination, is open for business, and deserves our attention. We encourage the travel industry to stand with Kenya and support tourism.”
During the Kenya Host Country Day, delegates will visit the magnificent Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake itself is known for attracting thousands of flamingos that feed on the algae formed on the lake bed. Not only does the lake attract flamingos, but as part of a National Park, both the black and white rhino can be sighted as well as large herds of zebra, impalas, waterbuck, and buffalos. As part of the Host Country Day and an ATA tradition, delegates will take part in a tree-planting ceremony at Lake Nakuru as a symbol of long-lasting relationships and as an initiative to achieve a better global environment.
ATA Congress delegates include African tourism ministers, industry professionals representing tourism boards, destination representatives, travel agents, tour operators, ground operators, airlines, hotels and accommodations, service providers, and travel media. Participants from the corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors are also expected to attend along with travel and hospitality students. Pre- and post-Congress tours will also be available to explore Magical Kenya beyond the Congress.
More information on the program, hotel accommodations, and special airfares will be posted on ATA’s website at: www.africatravelassociation.org/worldcongress.
For photos of Kenya, visit ATA’s Destination Africa profiles on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5eGpu5.
For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Congress, contact ATA at +1.212.447.1357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Kenya, visit the Magical Kenya website: http://www.magicalkenya.com.
About the Africa Travel Association
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. Established in 1975, ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. ATA membership comprises African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators and travel agents, and affiliate industries. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AU) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATA’s annual events in the USA and across Africa bring together industry leaders to shape Africa’s tourism agenda and to stay up-to-date on Africa’s latest tourism trends, issues and products. For more information about ATA, visit http://www.africatravelassociation.org. Tel: +1.212.447.1357
THE AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (ATA) ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEW YORK, NY, April 6, 2015 – The Africa Travel
Association (ATA) announced the election of its new International
Board of Directors and International Advisory Council. The
International Advisory Council was elected during ATA's 39th Annual
World Congress in Kampala, Uganda and subsequently elected the new
International Board of Directors.
Chair of the Executive Board
The ATA community continues to grow!
Have a look at who has joined and renewed in 2015.