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Africa Travel Association
7th Cultural & Ecotourism Symposium, Dec. 2-7, 2003


The Spice Island, Zanzibar is located in East Africa on the Indian Ocean. Visit Stone Town with its Famous Historical, Social and Cultural Landmarks and Music and Arts Festivals.

Visit the Exceptional Museum in the House of Wonders and Enjoy the Panoramic Harbor View from the Surrounding Balcony.


Hotel: http://www.zanzibarbeachresort.com/

The Africa Travel Association held its 7th Cultural and Ecotourism Symposium in Zanzibar, December 2-7, 2003. Mira Berman, ATA Executive Director, in making the announcement stated "this will be ATA's first ever event in Zanzibar. We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and support of the Zanzibar Commission of Tourism, represented by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Vuai Mohammed, in facilitating arrangements for this historic event." The symposium venue will be the lovely Zanzibar Beach Resort and Conference Center, facing the sea. The four star property is conveniently located close to the airport, seaport, city center (Stone Town) and its museums, galleries and handicraft shops.

Zanzibar, located on the Indian Ocean off the coast of mainland Tanzania, is a separate state within the United Republic of Tanzania. Popularly known as the "spice islands," Zanzibar consists of Unguja (known as Zanzibar Island), Pemba and some 50 smaller surrounding islands and islets.

The Hon. Mohammed Aboud Mohammed, Zanzibar's Minister of Trade, Industry, Marketing and Tourism, has extended his government's full support to ensure the success of the ATA event. "The timing of Africa Travel Association's 7th Cultural and Ecotourism Symposium for Zanzibar is excellent," said Hon. Mohammed. "We have just completed a Tourism Master Plan and are in the process of establishing a new brand for Zanzibar. World renowned as an exotic beach and water sports destination, Zanzibar's new focus will be on the archipelago's rich cultural history and festivals; as well as sustainable tourism and environmental development especially in Pemba. Zanzibar will launch its first public/private sector tourism campaign in partnership with the newly formed private sector organization, the Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI). Until now we have not yet tapped into the enormous potential market for cultural and sustainable tourism programs in North America. We look forward to hosting ATA and opening that door a little wider for American and Canadian tourists to Zanzibar."

Special host day cultural festivities and pre and post tours will be available for all ATA delegates. Special fares will be offered by South African Airways, which has inaugurated new nonstop service from Johannesburg to Zanzibar; as well as Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa to Dar es Salaam.

For membership and information about ATA visit www.africa-ata.org; or contact

Africa Travel Association, 347 fifth Ave., Suite 610, New York, New York

10016; Tel (212) 447-1826; email: africatravelasso@aol.com

Tourism News Briefs
British Airways (BA) Launches New Direct Service to Dar Es Salaam.
On April 3, BA launched direct service to Dar es Salaam with three weekly departures from London, Heathrow at 19:20 hrs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Dar es Salaam at 07:00 hrs the following morning. The flights depart from Dar es Salaam at 09:15 hrs on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays arriving at London Heathrow at 17:15 hrs that same day.
BA reservations (1-800-247-9297)

Photo: Serena Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania

Coastal Aviation Provides Direct Connection To BA Service To/From Zanzibar
Coastal Aviation has inaugurated special flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar that will offer convenient connections with the new direct BA service for those tourists who prefer not to overnight in Dar es Salaam either on arrival or departure in Tanzania. The net rate for this service is $55 USD each way including meet and greet airport services and transfers. (email contact: safari@coastal.cc)

Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam
Southern Sun recently inaugurated the new world-class 152-room property in Dar es Salaam, the business capital of Tanzania. The only international brand hotel in the city, Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam provides the business traveler with international standards and amenities. The Hotel, only 14 kms from Dar es Salaam International Airport, is situated next to the city's Botanical Gardens and within walking distance of the Central Business District and golf course. The hotel's neighbors include the diplomatic corps as well as numerous NGO's, government offices, and international corporations. The Aga Khan Hospital is also close by.
The Hotel offers nonsmoking rooms, ten executive rooms, two suites and a room specially equipped for guests with physical disabilities. Accommodation on the higher floors offers stunning views across the ocean and gardens.

All rooms include en-suite bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning, remote control TV with a variety of satellite channels, direct dial telephone with voice mail and wake up calls available, electric razor plug, hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Each room comes with its own mini safe. Catering to the business traveler, the rooms also have a comfortable work space, mobile phone charger and modem points. Also available, 18-hour room service, ice making machines, valet services, and parking.

The Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam serves breakfast in the Kivulini room overlooking the hotel's outdoor pool and the extensive Botanical Gardens. The Baraza Bar and Grill is also available for lunches and dinners. The sophisticated African décor with its unique Tanzanian feel and traditional Zanzibar doors makes the 'Baraza' - Swahili for meeting place, the exciting new venue for both residents and visitors to this exotic Indian Ocean port city.

Additional facilities for corporate travelers include essential business and travel services, a meeting room accommodating up to 40 people with standard meeting equipment available, a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. Holiday Inn reservations (800) 465-4329.

For more information on Tanzania, visit www.tanzania-web.com or contact the Bradford Group in New York at (212) 447-0027;

Email: Tanzania@bradfordmarketing.org