Zakia Hamdani Meghji
Past President of the Africa Travel
Association is Hon. Mrs.
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism
for the Republic of Tanzania. Since
hosting the ATA 23rd Congress in Arusha,
Tanzania in 1998, she has introduced
several highly important and timely
initiatives in terms of developing the
tourism sector, sponsored promotional
tours of the USA, and introduced a Tourism
Awards program. Thanks to her leadership
qualities, Tanzania will again be hosting
a major ATA event, this time it will be
the Africa Travel Association's 7th
Ecotourism Symposium, December,
in Zanzibar the Minister is a teacher by
profession. Her political career, which
began in 1985, included district and
regional high posts, Head of Economic and
Social Affairs Department and the
Secretariat of CCM, the country's ruling
party. She has held two key positions in
the government -- Minister for Health and
Minister for Natural Resources and
the Cham cha Mapinduzi Annual Congress in
1997, Mrs. Zakia Hamdani Meghji was
elected Member of the National Executive
Council and Central Committee of the
ruling party (CCM). Above photo shows the
Minister holding Tourism Award presented
at the 1998 Congress in Ghana.
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, marketing and media executives.
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 Peace Through
Tourism; and a "Green Globe" member.
ATA organizes an annual international
marketing conference in Africa; a
bi-annual symposium on environmental and
cultural preservation; and publishes the
Africa Travel Magazine.
does ATA benefit Travel Agents?
Profitability: Learn how
to profit from higher commissions of
long-hauls and longer stays.
Professional Seminars on
selling Africa to special interest
Networking: Key contacts,
Tourist Boards, hoteliers and ground
Experiences: See more of
Africa, local culture and customs first
seminars on Africa's hugely diverse
Marketing: More products,
niche markets, seniors, youth,
African-American cultural based heritage
tours and top level sports events.
Social: Attend congresses
andsSymposia of world Importance; learn
from regional chapter meetings .