New York, NY - March 2, 2006: A Ghana Tourism delegation led by Hon. Stephan K. Asmoah Boateng, MP, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City is on s US Promotional Tour beginning in New York City on March 7, and continuing to Los Angeles, March 9 and Atlanta, March 10. The purpose of the visit is to promote ATA's 31st Annual International Congress, Marketing Conference, and Convocation of African Tourism Ministers, in Accra, Ghana, April 30 to May 5, 2006. Accompanying the Deputy Minister will be Ms. Jennifer Zuleika, personal assistant and Edward E. Komla, Director of Tourism.

The ATA Congress will be hosted by Hon. Jake Obetsebi- Lamptey, MP,Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City and the official opening will take place in the presence of His Excellency John Agyekum Kuffuor, President of the Republic of Ghana. The Congress Chair will be Deputy Minister, Hon. Stephan K Asmoah Boateng,  ATA President, Hon. Kabinga J. Pande, MP, Minister of Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources of the Republic of Zambia, will be leading the opening day program. The Conference theme is "Ghana - A Golden Experience, Unique Culture and Unforgettable Adventure." The conference hotels will be La Palm Royal Beach Hotel (Conference Headquarters) and Labadi Beach Hotel.

Congress Highlights

Program highlights and special events include Host Country Day on Monday May 1, on which delegates will be taken on a full day tour including colorful and unique cultural presentations. Other conference activities include "Doing Business Together," featuring Roundtable Meetings between North American and Ghana Tour Operators, Organizers and Ground Operators; an ATA Chapter Presidents Forum will be held on Sunday, April 30 and the ATA Annual Meeting and Election for the ATA Board of Directors and Executive Committee will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2006.

Special Congress Air Rates

North American Airlines is the Official Flagship Carrier for the Congress with direct flights to Accra from JFK International Airport in New York City. Special rates for qualified ATA delegates are also available on British Airways, Northwest/KLM, Lufthansa and Emirates Airlines (via Dubai).

Ghana and the Golden Experience

Situated on Africa's Atlantic Coast, the Republic of Ghana shares borders with Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. English is the language of commerce and ethnic dialects are spoken in the regions. Gold was the first magnet for Europeans, who call
ed it the Gold Coast. In time, the lure of gold gave way to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, many relics of which still exist. Thanks to a greater awareness by government, aided by the Africa Travel Association and partner associations such as WTO, tourism is gaining ground as a revenue producer and employment generator that today rivals agriculture and mining.

Ghana has a rich treasury of visitor attractions, from Cape Coast castles and dungeons and ecological sites, such as the forested Kakum National Park with its swinging bridges, Aburi Botanical Gardens and Volta Lake, which is the world's largest man made lake. Balmy beaches and coral reefs abound. Ghana is known for its festivals which happen year round and the  PANAFEST cultural festival to be held in summer 2007. People make a difference - and Ghana is known as the "Smile on the Face of Africa." For a golden experience, Ghana is a "must see tourism destination."

About ATA

Africa Travel Association (ATA) is an international, nonprofit, nonpolitical, professional travel industry association whose objective is to promote tourism to Africa. Its membership is comprised of National Government Tourist Offices, hotels, airlines, ground and tour operators, travel agents, group tour leaders, independent travel agents and consultants, marketing and media executives, universities and community colleges. ATA has chapters throughout Africa and North America; is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), WTO  (World Tourism Organization), an industry partner with ARTA (Association of Retail Travel Agents), a founding member of the Coalition of Partners for IIPT, International Institute for Peace through Tourism; and a "Green Globe" member. ATA organizes an annual international marketing congress in Africa; an annual symposium on environmental and cultural preservation; and publishes the Africa Travel Magazine and web site

For more information regarding ATA membership and Congress Registration:
ATA Head Office in New York:;
Tel: 212-447-1926; Fax 212-725-8253. 



New York

Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Time: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Place:The Yale Club

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New York NY, 10017


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Date:Thursday, March 09, 2006

Time: 5:00 PM Press Meeting

          6:00 PM Cocktails & Networking

          7:00 PM Dinner Served

          8:00 PM Presentation

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