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Egypt to Host Africa Travel Association Congress

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) has announced it will hold its 34th Annual Congress

in Cairo in May 2009. The announcement was made recently by Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Garranah, and ATA executive director Edward Bergman. The event is being organized by the Egyptian Tourism Ministry in co-operation with the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) and will be held the capital city of Cairo from May 17-22, 2009. The minister said his country was proud to welcome the world to Egypt for the annual congress adding that his country was looking forward to engaging with the world's leading travel and tourism specialists in bringing the world to Africa. The event will bring together African tourism ministers, travel agents, tour operators, heads of national tourism boards among other members of the tourism sector who will address challenges related to global tourism promotion to Africa. The Egypt congress builds on the success of the nation's longstanding ties with ATA. In 1983 and 1991,the association held its eighth and sixteenth congress in Cairo. The country aggressively embarked on tourism promotion in 1983 and by 1991 tourist arrivals had more than doubled before reaching a record high of over 8.6 million in 2004.
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