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Africa Travel Association (ATA), a Division of Corporate Council on Africa, is excited to be partnering with the Rwanda Development Board to present the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference at the Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village in Remarkable Rwanda! 
 The conference 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.

We have partnered with several airlines and hotels to bring you the best rates possible. Please be sure to visit the conference website for updates. We are also happy to bring you some exciting pre and post conference tour opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact a team member at conference@africatravelassociation.org.

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Discount Airfares
We have partnered with several airlines to offer discounted airfares to Kigali from global destinations.

RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa Group, South African Airways.

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Special Hotel Rates
​ATA has arranged for guest rooms at seven hotels near the Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village. Special hotel rates have been negotiated on your behalf for the conference.

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Rwandan government getting ready to host the Africa Travel Association

ATA IS COMING TO KIGALI FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

29th September 2016

The Africa Travel Association (ATA), a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), is proud to announce its 41st Annual World Tourism Conference will take place November 14th – 17th this year in Kigali, Rwanda. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is collaborating on the event.

The Government of Rwanda is privileged to host the Africa Travel Association’s 41st Annual World Tourism Congress delegates in Kigali, Rwanda‘ said Francis Gatare, RBD CEO, ‘Rwanda has excellent infrastructure and an array of iconic tourism attractions that suits ATA’s event, and Kigali city has special fascination to visitors. The Government of Rwanda is committed to working with Corporate Council on Africa to ensure that the event is successfully hosted in the country‘.

This year’s Conference comes on the eve of 2017, which the United Nations designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The U.N. designation highlights the importance of sustainable tourism, and promotes business and investment opportunities related to tourism as well as intersecting sectors such as infrastructure, information and communications technology, health, real estate development, capacity building and finance.

The 41st Annual World Tourism Conference will be the first time ATA’s flagship conference is hosted under CCA leadership. CCA is bringing a new emphasis on creating year-long strategic partnerships with attendees and members. Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the CCA said, ‘This year’s conference will be a learning and networking opportunity, as well as a launching pad for the exciting work we will be doing with our members throughout the year. We have had great success in creating events that generate ongoing benefits and opportunities and we are pleased to be applying our expertise to the tourism industry‘.

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.

The Africa we want going forward into the next 50 years as envisioned by the African Union Agenda 2063, will start with a visit, in the trade and investment value chain‘ said Hon Dr Walter Mzembi (MP), the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe, who is also the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa Chairperson and Africa’s candidate for the position of UNWTO Secretary general in 2017. ‘To get there we must guarantee barrier free, safe and secure travel that starts with Africa visiting itself, and charming the World with its pristine biodiversity and proliferating marine life secured in its "blue" bowels. The 2.4 billion population boom by 2050, and a fast emerging middle class combined with an ICT driven youth dividend makes Africa the most attractive source market beginning now, and will be mutually enjoyed by partners today that invest in its future. Take a position now‘.

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.

To learn more about ATA’s upcoming World Tourism Conference, please visit the event page.

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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