Other than annual congresses, ATA held a number of tourism symposia in campaigning for African tourism marketing across the continent and the world. ATA ecotourism symposia have been held since 1992 in Senegal, South Africa (1994), Morocco (1996), Nigeria (2000), Cameroon (2001), Morocco (2002), Zanzibar (2003), Uganda (2004), Angola (2005), and in 2006 was held in Calabar, Nigeria.
ATA has also organized annual African presidential conferences in New York, which brought together African heads of state to discuss the continent’s common interests in tourism. The ATA Presidential Forum on Tourism is the organization’s (ATA) highest profile event in the USA taking place in New York every September in parallel to the United Nations General Assembly meetings.
Hosted by New York University’s Africa House, this one-day event offers Africa’s leaders an important opportunity to speak about how tourism contributes to a country’s economy and growth, said Bergman. This year’s ATA 41st annual Congress will be the first with the new face of CCA/ATA. Apart from Rwanda, best known by its mountain gorilla communities, other competitive African destinations rich with wildlife resources, cultural heritage, and geographical features are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and South Africa. South Africa is leading among other African countries with the highest number of tourists, with a recorded number of 9.2 million tourists visited its tourist attractions last year (2012).
By eTurbo News