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Africa Travel Association confirms new congress dates for Kigali / Rwanda

The Africa Travel Association, now part of the Corporate Council on Africa, has just announced the dates for the 2016/17 World Congress in Kigali / Rwanda, which had to be postponed last year.
August 28th to 31st has been set for this global event, ahead of the annual ‘Kwita Izina‘ Gorilla Naming Ceremony which is now taking place every first weekend in September outside the town of Musanze at the Kinigi national park headquarters.

The two events combined are bound to turn the spotlight on Rwanda once again, where conservation efforts have been exemplary to protect the endangered mountain gorillas found in the Virunga volcanoes range in the border triangle between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.

RwandAir, the national airline of Rwanda, has also indicated that they plan to launch direct flights from Kigali to New York later this year, and while the Africa Travel Association offices have move to Washington DC, where the Corporate Council on Africa is based, will the new route no doubt be a major catalyst to promote travel and trade between the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills‘ and the United States of America.

The programme details will be available here as soon as ATA has released particulars, including links to where interested parties can sign up, as participants but also as event sponsor.

The Conference will bring together African leaders, international investors and travel professionals to set the tone for how tourism can be utilized as an engine for economic growth and job creation across the continent, through innovative business models, new technologies and strategic partnerships. The Conference will also provide a platform to network and explore new tourism markets and products including the promotion and preservation of Africa’s rich cultural heritage and wildlife

African Tourism is a $44 billion (USD) industry according to Africa Tourism Monitor 2015: Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential, a joint report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), New York University’s Africa House and ATA, and it is growing quite rapidly. The continent’s travel and hospitality industry has quadrupled in size in less than 15 years, and according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations, second only to Southeast Asia. Travel and tourism’s impact on the economic and social development of African countries can be enormous.

CCA, the leading U.S. business association focused on African business and investment, acquired ATA in January 2016. The Africa Travel Association (ATA), a division of Corporate Council on Africa, 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

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa. CCA serves as a neutral, trusted intermediary connecting its member firms with the essential government and business leaders they need to do business and succeed in Africa.


Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa. CCA serves as a neutral, trusted intermediary connecting its member firms with the essential government and business leaders they need to do business and succeed in Africa.

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​On the eve of the international year of tourism, the Africa Travel Association (ATA) - now a division of Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) - is proud to present the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. In collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, this congress is designed to set the tone for how tourism can be utilized as an engine for economic growth and job creation through innovative business models, new technologies and strategic partnerships. The conference will also provide a platform to network and explore new tourism markets and products including the promotion and preservation of Africa’s rich cultural heritage and wildlife.

Location: 
Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village in Remarkable Rwanda
​Kigali, Rwanda

JOIN US TO:

  • Identify Potential Partners and strengthen existing relationships 

  • Market Your Brand and generate new business leads   

  • Meet Key Stakeholders from the continent’s travel and tourism industry 

  • Discover Innovative Models transforming African tourism 

  • Take Part in Discussions focused on Africa’s tourism market development 

  • Explore Opportunities for investment along the tourism and hospitality value chain

  • Experience different African destinations and grow your travel services and packages

  • Engage with government leaders and initiate Public-Private Partnership discussions ​

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • National, regional & City Tourist Offices (NTO's)

  • Hotels, Hoteliers and Lodging Establishments

  • Tour Operators and Travel Agents

  • Airlines and Logistics Managers

  • Investors and Financiers

  • Destination Management Companies (DMC's)

  • Tourist Attractions & Entertainment

  • Travel Technology

  • Travel Agencies

  • Government officials and Policy Makers

  • Other stakeholders along tourism supply chain 

  • Infrastructure Companies


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To increase tourism to Africa and to showcase “Destination Africa,” ATA partners with travel expos worldwide. ATA members are invited to display promotional materials at the ATA booth. 

 

THE 2017 TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW LINEUP

Washington D.C.: January 14-15,2017
Chicago: January 21-22,2017
San Francisco/Bay Area: Feb.11-12,2017
Los Angeles: February 18-19,2017
San Diego: March 4-5,2017
Denver: March 18-19,2017
Philadelphia: March 25-26,2017
Dallas: April 1-3,2017