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Addis Ababa: Africa's Meeting Place

Why did ATA choose Addis Ababa as the venue for its 25th Anniversary Jubilee Congress and 8th Cultural and Ecotourism Symposium? 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.

African lionUnited 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.

Shebelle Ethiopia Conference Services

Conference Organizer: Shebelle Conference Services is managed by Mr. Yohannes Kifle, who has over 20 years experience in conference organizing. From 1982 to 1988, as the Deputy and then General Manager of the National Tourism Organization, he was responsible for organizing the annual Heads of State and Government Summits, which were hosted by the Ethiopian Government. In 1988, he was appointed as Chief of Protocol of the OAU, a position he held until August 1999. In that position, he was responsible for the physical organization of the OAU Summits, the biannual Council of Ministers as well as many other meetings organized by the OAU during the course of each year. He has, inter-alia, organized the African Leaders meetings in Abuja, Nigeria; Algiers, Algeria; Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Tunis, Tunisia and in several other African capitals. Shebelle will organize all that is required for a smooth and successful meeting in Addis Ababa, including:

• Book and rent conference halls.
• Book hotel accommodation for participants and organizers.
• Arrange air travel and send PTS (Prepaid tickets) to any participant worldwide.
• Arrange local transportation by bus or vehicles of various standards.
• Meet and assist participants on arrival and departure.
• Arrange visas for participants coming from countries where there are no Ethiopian Embassies or Missions.
• Engage conference staff such as secretaries, ushers, clerks, etc.
• Duplicate and prepare documents to the specification of conference organizers.
• Arrange conference halls and committee rooms, as required.
• Provide protocol services.
• Employ interpreters and translators.
• Negotiate special group rates for air travel and hotel accommodation.
• Arrange payment of per diem and other expenses in foreign currency.

Please write or call: Mr. Yohannes Kifle,
Managing Director
Shebelle Ethiopia Conference Services
P.O. Box 29508, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: 251-1-510558, 251-1-533737
Fax: 251-1-501239
E-mail- yohannes.k@telecom.net.et

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