NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2013 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced today that new dates have been set for the 38th annual ATA World Congress in Cameroon. The event will be held from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, October 21, 2013.
After discussions between the Cameroonian Minister of Tourism and Leisure, the Local Organizing Congress Committee and ATAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s International Board of Directors, it was agreed to change the dates of the congress.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The key stakeholders decided that it would allow further time for the host country [Cameroon] to handle the logistics of the sizable event,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Edward Bergman, ATAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Executive Director. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shifting the annual congress away from its historical date in May to October would also be a more convenient time on the travel industry calendar to host such an important industry event.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Arik Air will be the official U.S. congress carrier and will offer discounted rates to Douala for delegates attending the 2013 ATA Congress in Cameroon.
Congress details will be posted at http://africatravelassociation.org/events/ac.html.Ã‚Â
Under the tagline, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cameroon: All Africa in One Country,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cameroon is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with a wide range of ethnicities (240 ethnic groups) and cultures, landscapes, fauna, flora, and wildlife, as well as world-renowned art and architecture. Major international airports and hotel chains are located in YaoundÃƒÂ© and Douala. To learn more about Cameroon, visit the Cameroon Tourism Board website at http://cameroon-tourism.webs.com/.Ã‚Â
About the Africa Travel Association (ATA)
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. Established in 1975, ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. ATA membership comprises African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators and travel agents, and affiliate industries. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AU) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual events bring together
industry leaders to shape AfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tourism agenda. For more information about ATA, visit Ã‚Â www.africatravelassociation.org/