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ATA Mid Atlantic Chapter

President: Wendy Johnson
Pyramid Event Management, Inc., Age of Awareness, Inc.
Bowie, MD . tel. 301-661-9111

Vice President: Larry Wilson
Vice President: Rosemary Reed-Miller
Secretary: Toni Hillman
Treasurer: Louise Werlin

About Wendy Johnson

Ms. Johnson joined the Mid Atlantic Africa Travel Association Chapter in 1997. She has attended the Congresses in Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia. She has also visited Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, and Cote d'Ivoire.

The founder and president of both Pyramid Event Management, Inc. and Age of Awareness, Inc., Ms. Johnson's professional background and experience is in the sales and marketing area. She has worked for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company as a Sales Representative. At PolyGram Records, she was an Artist Development Representative marketing musical artists and selling music product.

In 1996 she developed Pyramid Event Management, Inc., a special event planning company. In 1997 she formed Age of Awareness, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides educational and cultural assistance to African and African American children. She has secured sponsor donations and provided assistance to schools and orphanages in Ghana and Ethiopia. In March 2001, Ms. Johnson will be taking a tour group to Ghana. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park (Journalism). She is currenty a meeting, conference and event planner. She also handles public relations for People To People, a non profit organization dealing with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa, especially Ethiopia. She was elected the President of the Mid Atlantic Africa Travel Association Chapter in December, 2000.

About ATA Mid Atlantic Chapter
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is Comprised of a wide diversity of members and works very closely with the African Embassies and the Diplomatic Corps personnel assigned in the Nation's Capital; Federal Agencies, major Corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations that are involved with African issues, Institutions of Higher Education, as well as tour and ground operators, incentive, meeting and convention planners, travel and tourism agents, airlines, hoteliers, and all branches of travel and leisure services industry focusing on the Continent of Africa.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter meets as least once a month and conducts several special interest activities and events throughout the year. In fact, on an annual basis, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter are invited and/or participate in African National Independence Days, Embassy Receptions and Press Conferences, African Travel and Tourism Marketing and Sales Blitz

Campaigns, International Travel, Tourism and Trade Conferences, Symposium and Forums, Museum and University Study Missions, African Cultural Heritage Festivals, and Visits of African Dignitaries. In addition, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter also cosponsors various annual African Awareness Programs such as: the International Tourism and Leisure Exhibition of Abidjan (SITLA 98), Best of Africa Trade Show, African Fashion Show and Fund-raiser, and Tours to North, East and West Africa including Black History Tours to West Africa.

Recent accomplishments include: Coordinating the First Annual Pilgrimage to Benin, West Africa; Hosting the Kick-Off Reception and Press Conference for the African Travel Association's 23rd Annual International Congress, which was held in Arusha, Tanzania; and conducting the 1998 African Town Meeting at the 20th Annual National Training Conference (NTC) of Blacks in Government (BIG). In addition, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter participate in various travel and tourism conferences such as the American Travel Market (AMTM), the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Annual Conference and the Annual Washington Post Travel Show.

To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, contact us and ask for a copy of our quarterly newsletter entitled the Africa Traveler's Journal. This award-winning publication was created to provide news and information for members of the Africa Travel Association who are interested in and/or engaged in the promotion of the travel and tourism industry on the Continent of Africa. Many more reports to come. They should be sent via ATA Head Office in New York.


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SoCal sponsors pavilion in African Marketplace
As part of the chapter's commitment to identify marketing opportunities for our members in Africa, ATA SoCAl participated in the Travel Pavilion at the African Marketplace that ran for three weekends last fall in Los Angeles , California.
The Kenya Tourist Office, Tourisme Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana Airways, Air Afrique, Air Madagascar, Cortez Travel and ATA SoCal were represented at this event listed in the top 100 events to attend in USA. There were more than 30,000.00 visitors.

The displays were for the most part set-up and manned by ATA SoCal Board members. Representatives for Kenya, Ghana and Air Afrique were also present.
The Marketplace enabled the chapter to compile a list of over three hundred individuals who are interested in ATA SoCal and Africa. This list is available to members.


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