The Africa Travel Association (ATA), the leader in promoting tourism to Africa, will hold its 40th Annual World Congress in Nairobi, Kenya from November 9-14, 2015. The international tourism meeting will be hosted by the Kenya Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism under the auspices of Cabinet Secretary Hon. Phyllis Kandie at the Kenyatta International Convention Center.
The first ATA Congress in Africa was hosted in Kenya in 1976.The ATA Congresses provide a unique networking, learning, and agenda-shaping platform for Africa tourism stakeholders. The 2015 program will include a line-up of educational and professional development sessions; a Tourism Ministers’ Roundtable; sessions to Meet the Ministers, Meet the Media, and Africa Meets the World, where buyers and suppliers will meet; visits to Nairobi’s top sites; and a range of networking events, including a Kenya Culture Night and ATA Awards Ceremony, receptions, working lunches, and a gala dinner.
Known as Magical Kenya, Kenya offers an abundance of wildlife opportunities, as well as an astonishing diversity of landscapes and cultures. As the East African hub for business and technology, its known for its excellent domestic travel infrastructure and the wide range of tourism activities and services it provides for its visitors. From tropical forests and beaches to vast deserts and majestic mountains, tourists in Kenya can experience a different safari every day.
During congress, delegates will visit the magnificent Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake itself is known for attracting thousands of flamingos that feed on the algae formed on the lake bed. Not only does the lake attract flamingos, but as part of a National Park, both the black and white rhino can be sighted as well as large herds of zebra, impalas, waterbuck, and buffalos. As part of the Host Country Day and an ATA tradition, delegates will take part in a tree-planting ceremony at Lake Nakuru as a symbol of long-lasting relationships and as an initiative to achieve a better global environment.
ATA Congress delegates include African tourism ministers, industry professionals representing tourism boards, destination representatives, travel agents, tour operators, ground operators, airlines, hotels and accommodations, service providers, and travel media. Participants from the corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors are also expected to attend along with travel and hospitality students. Pre- and post-Congress tours will also be available to explore Magical Kenya beyond the Congress.