Tanzania as a brand is acquiring wide and respected recognition in the past few years, so it comes as no surprise that America is now the leading source of visitors to Tanzania’s Game Parks. In October 2006, Serengeti National Park was named the Seventh New Wonder of the World by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America and USA Today. Zanzibar was on the New York Times Travel Section’s “Places to Go” in 2007. Kilimanjaro made the same list for 2008 as well as the USA Today 2008 List of “must see” destinations. Even the popular American movie, The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, included a “Safari in Tanzania” as one of the 10 “must do’s” before one “kicks the bucket.”
Now, the country is preparing to host two high profile American conferences in Arusha: the 33rd Annual Congress of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), from May 19-23, 2008 and the Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII from June 2-6, 2008.
The 33rd ATA Congress in Arusha is expecting 500 delegates including tour operators, dignitaries, Ministers and Executives from Africa, Europe and North America. His Excellency Jakaya-Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, will officially open the Congress, which will be held at the Arusha International Conference Centre.
The Congress will provide a forum for African tourism stakeholders to meet and deliberate on issues concerning tourism development, establish and strengthen existing contacts, plans and programmes that will boost tourism within member states and raise public awareness around the world on Africa’s rich and diverse tourism opportunities and products. (www.africatravelassociation.org)
The Sullivan Summits are organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation to highlight key issues and best practices, stimulate discussion and define opportunities, promote private enterprise and foster high-level strategic partnerships. Creative and innovative initiatives emerge out of discussions and negotiations at the Summits, and new relationships are brokered in order to make those initiatives a reality. The Sullivan Summits are bridge between America and Africa, serving as a forum for economic and cultural cooperation. The Summit is expecting to draw more than 2000 delegates from the US. (www.thesullivansummit.go.tz)
Since we just have few space left on the dates of the conferences, we welcome Tour Operators at Onsea House for a guided tour around our country inn & guest cottage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.