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FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D'AFRIQUE BRINGS THE SAHARA TO MONTREAL

Things are getting balmy for this edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal! For its 27th edition, from July 9 to 21, the music festival is celebrating the Montreal sun with an homage to the Sahara, from Mauritania to the Sudan passing by Morocco and Chad. Our fair city will be welcoming over 500 artists from over 30 countries for 90 shows and events

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D'AFRIQUE DE MONTREAL
 

Come and experience the authentic global village at the 27th annual Festival International Nuits d’Afrique! From July 9 to 21, 2013, will be the edition of North America’s biggest world music event! Throughout 13 days, the festival will present more than 90 shows and activities, the greatest names of world music from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. This world-class music event with its authentic and festive character really brings people together! Don’t miss its outdoor activities for the entire family from July 18 to 21 at Parterre du Quartier des spectacles in the heart of downtown Montreal, for 4 days of FREE shows and activities... Where the festival is transformed into the Village des Nuits d'Afrique with special concert events, Open-Air Workshops, the famous Timbuktu Market, the restaurants and outdoor terraces with typical and original flavours. This one-of-a-kind experience offered by Nuits d’Afrique is a summertime must!

Place Émilie-Gamelin, Angle of Berri Street and Sainte-Catherine,Montréal (Quartier Latin), Québec

Phone: 514-499-9239?

For more information, www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com

MONTREAL SHINES AS A GATEWAY TO AFRICA!

The 21st edition of the Montreal International Travel and Tourism Show is now behind us and again this year, Africa took a good part of the exhibition. Several African nations were on site to promote their culture and landscapes. Most are regular visitors, like Tanzania which always comes to Montreal with a huge delegation. Members from the National Parks Authority and the Tourism Board exhibited with private businesses. South Africa was also a popular booth this year, the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held in the country, it is not surprising that the South African stand received lots of visitors. Kenya teamed up with Kenya Airways to showcase their national offer and Lesotho was present for the second year in a row, hoping to gain from the South African visibility. Senegal, exhibiting with the Maison de l'Afrique also presented their main attractions. Cameroon offered a good presentation of its eco-tourism offer and a newcomer to the show, Uganda was there to present the country for the first time to the Montreal market. Of course, regular visitors from the North, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt had very big presence at the show. This 2009 edition received a record number of 37 576 visitors, or whom 3000 were professionals. It is a 5 % increase over the 2008 edition.  It's a rendezvous in October 22nd to 24th 2010 for the next International Tourism and Travel Show in Montréal. Denis Dionne, ATA Canada Chapter

Text from the 2009 show (above) to come. Photos and comments below are from the previous event.
 Africa puts more presence on the Montréal market

Click for Photos from SITV 2008,
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Once again this year, the International Tourism and Travel Show in Montréal will showcase Africa and its beauties to the public, media and trade. For its 20th edition, held from October 24th to 26th 2008, the organizers of the show are proud to said that they registered a record number of African nations that will be exhibiting at the Show.

Northern African nations of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt will be present with big stands. Montréal is a natural market for them, they all have their physical offices located near Place Bonaventure, in downtown Montréal. The fact, that Montréal is a mainly french speaking market is a main source of interest for french speaking countries like Morocco and Tunisia.

Senegal will also benefit from this fact, their tourism office in New York will make its annual visit in the city by presenting its beaches and culture. Maison de l'Afrique, which represents a number of West African countries will exhibit in the name of Mali, Niger, Côte-D'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Maison de l'Afrique is the official representative for these four countries tourism offices in North America. Niger and Côte-D'Ivoire makes a return to the SITV after an absence of 20 years....

Tanzania, a long time partner in the SITV will make a bigger return this years with a 400 square feet booth. Staff directly coming from the country will be there to present the natural beauties of Tanzania. Kenya which had been very much visible in major tourism shows this years will make a return to Montréal after many years of absence, the High-Commission in Ottawa (Embassy) will be responsible for the stand, Kenya Airways should be there to teamed up with embassy staff to present the country.

Djibouti, a little nation located in the corner of Africa will be presented for the first time at the Show. Last year, the team from the National Tourism Office were in Montréal at the invitation of ATA to present their country in a special presentation to the medias and trade in September. The Democratic Republic of Congo will also make their very first debut at the Show. DRC which is not seen to much in travel shows will be present at the SITV with the staff of their newly opened office in Montréal, their first in the world.

Cameroon make a second visit, last year presence served to introduce the country to the market, this year serves to seduce....The Kingdom of Lesotho, with their Embassy in Canada will also be at their debut at the SITV. This little country, entirely enclaved within South Africa will benefit from the coming Mondial 2010 to be held in South Africa to market its particularities.

South Africa will be coming back this year with more visibility. The SA Tourism office in New York is now responsible of the Canadian market. Again the upcoming Mondial will be one of the numerous attractions that the staff from the Embassy in Ottawa will showcase. Interesting fact to note, SA Tourism will launched their newly printed magazine intented for the french speaking market in Canada.

For the second year in a row, Africa Travel Association will have a booth in Montréal to present the Association to the trade and media but also give greater visibility to the member states that are not present physically at the Show. Angola, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda and Zambia will all benefit from this ressource. This 20th edition of the SITV promise to be one of the most interesting ever held.

Denis Dionne, Africa Travel Association (Canada chapter)

1. Nathalie Phillipe (above left) and Denis Dionne, (right) at ATA Exhibit.. 2.Jay Vom Vadiiveloo (left) and Denis Dionne at Cameroon Exhibit.

Flashback: Africa Shines in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, A growing number of African countries are exhibiting at the Salon International Tourism Voyages in Montréal. Denis Dionne of ATA Canada Chapter provided Africa Travel Association membership information, plus forms to attendees from Canadian travel agencies. Nathalie Phillipe of ATA head office in New York was available to answer questions regarding opportunities for Canadian professionals and companies to get involved with ATA. At the show, hundreds of destinations were featured Travel consultants come from the four corners of the world to help you discover their countries, their cultures, their tourist attractions and their accommodations. You'll find sun destination packages, the latest in ecotourism and cultural excursions. Travelers' services, all in one convenient location: travel agencies, insurance, passports, customs. Friday has has become custom. The first day is reserved for industry professionals. In collaboration with ACTA-Québec, the show will tour the globe with its myriad of inviting destinations. Contact denisdionne1@videotron.ca . MORE - SITV - PHOTOS

Non-stop activities: Shows, dancing, singing and conferences at our Place d'animation, and captivating videos about your dream destinations at the Place du cinema.

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