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Addis Ababa: Africa's Meeting Place

Why did ATA choose Addis Ababa as the venue for its 32nd World Congress in May 2007? To begin with it's today's political capital of Africa, home of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA). More than 95 embassies from all over the world have their missions in Addis Ababa. This makes the capital of Ethiopia a city where one finds the highest concentration of embassies in the world after Washington DC, New York and London. Addis Ababa is easily accessible, having daily flights to and from cities in Europe. Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, Saudia and others serve Addis Ababa. Perhaps what makes Addis unique is that the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, serves many cities in Africa&emdash; making it the most accessible city on the continent.

United Nations Conference Centre: The UNCC is one of the most modern and sophisticated conference centres in the world, offering state-of-the-art facilities, including:
• Conference Room capable of seating 600 delegates plus 180 in the gallery.
• Conference Room accommodating 400 delegates plus 48 in the gallery.
• Four Conference Rooms, each with a seating capacity of 114. Simultaneous interpretation facilities.
• Small meeting rooms for 20 to 30 people; briefing rooms; office suites; a press centre with the most up-to-date electronic equipment to transmit audio and video reports

• Business Centre; cafeteria; lounges; delegates dining room; press bar and an exhibition area. Africa Hall: Also in the United Nations compound is the famous and historic Africa Hall where the Charter of the Organization of African Unity was signed in 1963. Many conferences are still being held there. It has a seating capacity for 272 delegates with 100 microphones and 335 seats in the gallery. It has simultaneous interpretation facilities.

Sheraton Addis: The Sheraton Addis offers modern conference facilities with simultaneous interpretation; big tv screens and executive boardrooms. Up to 500 participants can be seated in the main hall. The Sheraton Addis is set in beautiful grounds, overlooking the capital city.

Aside from the conference facilities, the hotel has 3 restaurants; a gazebo for light meals by the swimming pool; a musical fountain; cozy bars, and a health centre. This luxury collection hotel is ideal for those who wish to have their meetings and accommodations at the same place.

Hilton Addis Ababa: The Hilton Hotel offers a banquet hall for meetings of up to 500 participants. There are also two meeting rooms that can sit up to 20 people and another two for up to eight persons. Overhead projectors, flip charts, projection screens and video projectors are available. Simultaneous interpretation system is not available as of the present moment. Full details on a special page in this edition of Africa Travel Magazine.

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