The Africa Travel Association (ATA) recently hosted the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, August 28 – 31, 2017. The conference was developed to promote tourism as an engine for economic growth across Africa. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, delivered the keynote at this year’s event.

 left to right: Florizelle Lizer, President and CEO Corporate Council of Africa, Achma Asokan-Foster, President and CEO AirlinePros, Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao – the African Union’s Ambassador to the USA

left to right: Florizelle Lizer, President and CEO Corporate Council of Africa, Achma Asokan-Foster, President and CEO AirlinePros, Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao – the African Union’s Ambassador to the USA

The 41st Annual World Tourism Conference attracted a select group of more than 200 public and private stakeholders in the African tourism sector including, ministers of tourism, senior officials of national tourism boards from across the continent, airlines, hotels, travel agents and tour operators, as well digital platforms and service providers in the tourism industry such as TripAdvisor, Expedia, MasterCard, Tastemakers Africa, Facebook, Uber, Afro Tourism, and Marriott International.