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Tanzania Story


Hon. Zakia Hamdani Meghji
Other ATA Jubilee Profiles

Immediate Past President of the Africa Travel Association is Hon. Mrs. Zakia Hamdani Meghji, 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, 2003.


Born 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 Tourism.

During 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.

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, 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.

How 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 markets.
Networking: Key contacts, Tourist Boards, hoteliers and ground operators.
Experiences: See more of Africa, local culture and customs first hand.
Education: Destination seminars on Africa's hugely diverse tourism products.
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 .
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