Obama, USA and Africa

David Saunders

Africa Overview

Morocco as a Tourism Investment

Ecotourism a Stimulus

Nepad Challenge

Investing in Africa


African American
Tourism Market

of Tourism to Ethiopia
Bunce Island


US President
African Visit

ATA Membership Reflects African American Interest in Cultural Tourism

Buying Power
According to The U.S. African American Market, a new research report published by Packaged Facts, the buying power of African Americans in the United States is expected to increase nearly 30% to $682 billion in the next 5 years. The report states that in the African American population there are 14.1% more women than men, and nearly half of the households within this demographic are headed by women, giving females a far more prominent role in consumer decisions than women in other ethnic population segments. In addition, there are 3.7 million affluent African Americans who are projected to have a combined buying power of $292.4 billion by 2006.
"Marketers have identified significant successes in targeting both the female and affluent segments of the African American population," said Meg Hargreaves, VP of Research Publishing for MarketResearch.com. "Luxury car makers and food and beverage manufacturers alike have focused their efforts on these market segments given the overwhelming influence they have in the market as a whole."


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Will Africa become the tourism destination of the future for African-American travelers and investors?
by David J. Saunders

The emergence of travel and tourism opportunities to the Continent of Africa is good news for the savvy African-American traveler. Recent trends indicate that today's African-American traveler wants a more enriching experience than what is typically offered by the conventional "sun and sea" vacation. African-Americans are becoming more aware of the fact that the Continent of Africa offers a wide diversity of people and environments which is unequaled by any other region on earth, from its fantastic wildlife and natural landscapes to its fascinating cultural and historical heritage. Unfortunately, the travel and tourism industry has not yet devoted a significant levels of interest and marketing effort to encourage the African-American traveler to consider all that the African Continent has to offer.
"According to recent travel and tourism industry trends a new traveler to the Continent of Africa is emerging as a more culturally focused tourist; one who uses a vacation to reflect upon the awareness of the environment, an interest in spiritual exploration and a commitment to social values through their participation in the African experience."

Poised for growth
According to 1998 world tourism figures, Africa attracted only four percent of the 626 million international tourist arrivals recorded, and received only 2.2 percent of the US $445 billion spent globally by tourists. Fortunately, that share of the international travel and tourism industry is expected to grow considerably within the first decade of this new millennium.

In fact, the travel and tourism industry is projected to become Africa's most attractive sector for foreign direct investment during the next five years, according to the 1999 World Investment Report issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and development. This forecast was based on the results of a survey of 44 African investment promotion agencies which showed that from 1996 to 1998 tourism was ranked third behind the telecommunications and agribusiness industries that received considerable foreign direct investments.
Encouraging facts in Tourism's favor
Moreover, it is a little known fact that the travel and tourism industry is the only major sector in international trade in services in which developing countries recorded surpluses. This positive balance in their travel and tourism account improved from an mount of US $6 billion in 1980 to US $62.2 billion in 1996, according to United Nations' statistics. The world Tourism Organization currently ranks the African Continent as one of the fastest growing destinations for international tourists. International tourist arrivals rose in Africa from 7.5 percent in 1998 to US $24.9 million (from $23.2 million), while receipts jumped 5.9 percent from US $9 billion to $9.6 billion. Tourism organizations, tour operators, governments, hotel groups, airlines and other service-related providers in Africa are now joining forces to ensure that the continent is put firmly on the map as one of the world's premiere travel and tourism destinations.
A pattern set by Caribbean Tourism
In fact, there is an international trend towards the establishment of tourism and marketing strategies much like what was done for African-Americans with regard to the travel and tourism industry of the Caribbean Islands. Interrelated travel and tourism indicators and trends strongly point towards a thriving business opportunity for investors in the travel and tourism industry on the continent of Africa. Consequently, many African tourism ministries are working with a number of international organizations and governments to develop their tourism research master plans. African countries are also cooperating on a regional level to attract international tourists and investors with a focus firmly on the more affluent foreign traveler rather than cheap charters and the potential for returns on their investments are very attractive. It is a strategic partnership that will stretch beyond Africa's borders but the question is how will African-Americans benefit from this increased investment opportunity?

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Leon H. Sullivan Summit in Arusha a Big Success

African Americans Invest in Ghana
While on a media tour, Africa Travel Magazine's editors saw some shining examples of African Investment in Ghana. One was a new lakeside resort south of Kumase that was ready for opening. Now here's an exciting new story devoted to that new trend. Time Magazine's feature article "Ghana's New Money" includes a section on ATA member Mona Boyd of Land Tours, Accra. Details

African Americans: Africa's Tourism Mega Market in North America and Caribbean
by Jerry W. Bird

The longer our magazine remains on the cutting edge of travel to Africa from the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, the more myself and colleagues appreciate how vital the African American Market is to our success as the Africa Travel Association's official magazine. David J. Saunders, ATA's membership Chairman based in Washington, DC expands on this timely topics, but first let me begin by getting personal. It's a real eye opener, heart warmer and soul lifter to visit Africa several times each year with my many African Americans friends. What joy to share the thrill as they discover their historic roots, explore exciting new tourism destinations and enter an ever-expanding world of business, investment and networking opportunities. The fact that most of our readers and web site visitors are Travel Agents and Tourism Professionals is a huge plus. This means that the more they get to know about Africa through our magazine and web site, annual congresses, ecotourism symposia, ATA chapter seminars and events, the greater Africa Travel Magazine's reach and influence will be. One active, effective travel agent can represent several thousand consumers -- that's what an influential readership means. A key indicator is the popularity of Africa Travel Magazine Online (www.africa-ata.org) with page views soaring every month. Combined with our print circulation, the mail boxes are overflowing. It's truly a win, win situation.
Did you know?
The African American population in the USA at last count was 34,658,190 representing over 12.3 % of the total.
Almost half (43%) are homeowners, and nearly one quarter (23%) hold Bachelor's degrees or higher from US. Universities. As consumers, African Americans spend over $500 billion annually, or an average per household of $23,442. Their purchases will include around $33 billion on new automobiles and close to $4 billion on consumer electronics.
African Americans are no longer rural; 85% live in urban centers, mostly the top 20 metro areas. The African American median age is 30, some 6 years younger than the total US population.
Source: US Census
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Marketing Travel in the New Millennium
The African American Mega Market
"Like a great book has many "chapters" -- some large, some small, local chapters are the heart and soul of ATA. African Americans are the backbone of our chapters in the USA." Jerry W. Bird, Editor
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Black or African-American Population for USA
United States 34,658,190 (12.3%)
Northeast 6,099,881 11.4%
Midwest 6,499,733 10.1%
South 18,981,692 18.9%
West 3,076,884 4.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000.

African Fashions attract and inspire African Americans ..Gallery 2 / Gallery 3

Farouque Abdela, Zanzibar designer

Jubilee: Emergence of African American Culture
Last year, while waiting between planes at a shopping mall near JFK International Airport in New York, the following book title caught my eye. The reason was obvious, since the next landmark event on our magazine's exciting agenda is ATA's 30th Jubilee. The topic deals with African Culture and its effect on North America. This attractive, well illustrated book proved to be a great read and will have a treasured spot in our library. Editor

African American Travel Conference
March 28-30, Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

An annual conference designed to give the travel industry accessibility to travel planners of African American organizations. African American travelers are twice as likely to travel with a group as the general population and spend $4. 6 billions annually on leisure travel. This is an important sector of the tourism industry and the AATC delivers it to you.

The African American Travel Conference features a blend of social functions, industry speakers, networking and an all important marketplace. Bringing together 35O African American travel planners from across the country, the Conference is the easiest avenue to target market this growing segment of the travel industry. You are invited to attend the African American Travel Conference to meet the travel planners, including tour companies bus operators, group leaders and travel agents who are the real movers an shakers of this market. Remember this market is twice as likely to travel with a group as the general population. Best of all, the African American Travel Conference is affordable. Your registration includes handbooks, marketplace, and social functions. It is marketing dollars ell spent! The African American Travel Conference is the newest most exciting travel industry event of the year and buyer delegates are waiting with open arms to meet you and book business with you. Register today and place the growing African American travel market on your first of successes in this new travel market
Teresa Burton
Sponsor: National Organization of
African American Travel Planners
Phone: 330-337-1116, Fax: 330-337-1118