ATA Passport To Africa™ Your Source For News on ATA | Issue #5 | January 2014
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"The earth has music for those who listen."

– George Santayana

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE


Dear fellow ATA members and avid travelers:

Warm greetings from Passport Health!  Passport Health is very excited and honored to be collaborating with ATA in this issue of the Africa Travel Association's Passport to Africa e-newsletter.  Although we have been a part of this e-newsletter since the beginning, this is our first time working with the ATA in a guest editor capacity.

Be sure to register for the 7th Annual U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington, D.C. on February 21st. This is surely an event you don't want to miss.

As the largest and leading provider of travel medicine services in the United States, Passport Health sees hundreds of thousands of travelers heading to Africa every year.  Our clients come back with tales and photographs of adventure, stunning natural beauty, welcoming cultures, and historical sites that are simply dazzling.  The diverse destinations on this culturally rich continent provide once in a lifetime vacation opportunities of which an increasingly large number of global travelers are taking advantage.  Indeed, tourist arrivals to Africa have doubled over the past decade, and countries such as Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, and the Seychelles have experienced particularly marked growth.  Arrivals from the United States to the continent in general have declined over the past year, due largely to violence and unrest in traditionally popular destinations such as Egypt, but countries such as South Africa, Ghana, and Tanzania still remain popular American tourist destinations.

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UPCOMING ATA EVENT - REGISTER NOW

Posted 18 dec 2013 by Africa Travel Association

2014 ATA US-Africa Tourism Seminar Flyer

Africa Travel Association Opens Registration for its 7th Annual U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington, D.C.

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW "AFRICA TOURISM MONITOR"

Posted jan 2014 by Africa Travel Association

Africa Tourism Monitor

Stay up to date on the latest Africa Travel News with the new "Africa Tourism Monitor"

Highlights from the Fall 2013 report include:

  • Africa's international tourism arrivals grew from 37 million in 2003 to 63.6 million in 2012.
  • International tourism receipts in Africa totaled US $43.6 billion in 2012.
  • In 2012, Morocco, Egypt, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa and Egypt showed double-digit growth in arrivals.
  • Other destinations with strong growth in arrivals in 2012 were Cameroon (35%), Tanzania (24%), Sierra Leone (14%), Cape Verde (13%) and Seychelles (7%).
  • Direct travel and tourism employment in Africa totaled 8.2 million in 2012.

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ATA HOLDS 38th ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS IN BUEA, CAMEROON

Posted on 07 nov 2013 by Africa Travel Association

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  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: ATA members after the Opening Ceremony
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: The first host country day tour included a trip to the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon, a sanctuary for primates in need of rehabilitation.
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: Visit to Tole Tea Plantation
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: The second Host Country Day started off with planting trees outside the Medical School University of Buea to offset Congress's carbon footprint.
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: Participants from the Panel on "Discover Cameroon" in Buea, Cameroon: Elimbi Ebenezar, Former Director of Tourism Marketing at the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, Consultant, UNWTO; Adam Mahamat, Tour Operator, Cameroon/China; Elangwe Peter, Tourism Delegate, Southwest Region, Cameroon.
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: Panel on "Africa beyond Sea & Safari: Diversifying Tourism Products"
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: Visit to Bimbia Slave Port
  • 2013 ATA Awards in Buea, Cameroon: Outstanding Service to the Association -- Mon. Mukete Daniel Modika, Rapporteur, ATA Focal Point.
  • 2013 ATA Awards in Buea, Cameroon: Development of Responsible Tourism Within Africa -- Arik Air
  • 2013 ATA Awards in Buea, Cameroon: Outstanding Service to the Association -- Honorable Bello Bouba Maigari, Minister of State, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, Republic of Cameroon
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: CNN Hero, George Bwelle and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: ATA's Second Annual Media Exchange with Claudine Moore moderating the discussion on how to leverage international media to change global perceptions and increase African tourism. Panelists included journalists from The Atlantic, Newsone.com,Travel Weekly, and Chika Onyeani.
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: ATA Young Professionals Program delegates receive certificates from ATA Executive Director, Eddie Bergman.
  • 2013 Congress in Beau, Cameroon: National Museum of Art in Yaounde, Cameroon. Photo courtesy of Khalid Elachi.
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International event convenes delegates from business, government and the non-profit sectors to explore Cameroon's newest attractions in the Southwest Region.

Cameroon delegates emphasize importance of attracting U.S. tourist arrivals and investment.

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2013 – The Africa Travel Association, the leader in tourism promotion to Africa, held its 38th Annual Congress in Buea, Cameroon from October 16-20, 2013. Under the banner of "Re-Discovering Cameroon," nearly 200 international and local delegates, including tourism ministers from Cameroon, Uganda and Zimbabwe and representatives from the public and private sectors, gathered at the newly-opened Mountain Hotel to explore how tourism is one of the most promising industries across Africa and an evolving industry in Cameroon.

The Congress was hosted by the Cameroon Ministry of Tourism and Leisure under the auspices of Honorable Minister of State, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Bella Bouba Maigari. In his opening remarks, the Minister said, "The 38th edition of ATA's Congress in Buea is taking place at a time when tourism, a sector with a strong added value that cuts across sectors, is ranked as one of the biggest industries in the world. The important role it plays in Cameroon's economy contributes significantly to improving the trade balance."

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TOURISM TRENDS IN AFRICA AND ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS

Posted Jan 2014 by Passport Health

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An overview of tourism trends in Africa and health advice for travelers headed to Africa

By: Passport Health

Africa is a vast continent that is home to over 50 diverse countries. Although certain parts of the continent are frequently in the news due to civil war, disease, poverty and strife, negative generalizations should by no means be made about Africa as a whole. Indeed, there are so many reasons to visit Africa, from unique cultures, friendly people, landmarks, historical sites, and breathtaking scenery, all of which regularly attract a variety of visitors. Notably, there have been some shifts in popular tourist locations over the last few years.

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PRESIDENT OF UGANDA DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT ATA'S 8TH PRESIDENTIAL FORUM ON TOURISM IN NEW YORK

Posted 08 oct 2013 by Africa Travel Association

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  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, opened the eighth annual Presidential Forum on Tourism at New York University by delivering the keynote address. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: President of Uganda and the Permanent Secretary of Tourism and Culture from the Republic of The Gambia. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Photo by Isseu Diouf
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Hon. Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister for Natural Resources Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Hon. Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, who was joined by H.E. Liberata Mulamula, Tanzania Ambassador to the USA. African Travel Inc. received the Tour Operator Southern/Western Circuit award; Africa Adventure Consultants received the Tour Operator Product Development Award; and Elite Traveler Magazine received the Luxury Travel Media Award. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Hon. Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, who was joined by H.E. Liberata Mulamula, Tanzania Ambassador to the USA. African Travel Inc. received the Tour Operator Southern/Western Circuit award; Africa Adventure Consultants received the Tour Operator Product Development Award; and Elite Traveler Magazine received the Luxury Travel Media Award. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: Hon. Ambassador Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, who was joined by H.E. Liberata Mulamula, Tanzania Ambassador to the USA. African Travel Inc. received the Tour Operator Southern/Western Circuit award; Africa Adventure Consultants received the Tour Operator Product Development Award; and Elite Traveler Magazine received the Luxury Travel Media Award. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
  • 2013 Presidential Forum on Tourism: NYU Graduate Student from Uganda presents award for service to the President of Uganda. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaplan.
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More than 250 delegates participate in ATA's Tourism Day at New York University.
Program included spotlights on Tanzania and The Gambia and emphasis on diversifying Africa's travel products to include cultural tourism.

New York, NY, October 8, 2013His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, opened the Africa Travel Association's eighth annual Presidential Forum on Tourism at New York University by delivering the keynote address. In the President's remarks, he emphasized the role tourism plays in generating revenue for nations and the strong potential for investment across Africa.

"If you are talking about tourism, you're talking about wealth creation – in the modern sense you are talking about money and profitability," said President Museveni. "With our abundance of natural and wildlife resources, Africa is not getting the attention that it should; yet our potential is great. The time for investment is now."

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WORLD'S TWO FASTEST GROWING TOURISM REGIONS RENEW COOPERATION

Posted Jan 2014 by Africa Travel Association

ATA & PATA Renew Cooperation

The Pacific Asia Travel Association and the Africa Travel Association Enhance their Tourism Partnership

January 21, 2014, Bangkok, Thailand & New York, NY – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA) officially renewed their partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding strengthening cooperation in developing the visitor economies of the two fastest growing regions in the world.

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