Africa Travel Association [ATA], a US based body promoting travel and tourism traffic to Africa has announced the postponement of its 2016 41st World Tourism Conference scheduled to hold in Kigali, Rwanda from November 14th -17th.
In a press statement signed by Stephen Hayes, President/CEO of Corporate Council on Africa [CCA] said “You may have already heard that we have decided to postpone the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference to the first half of the year in 2017 as our registrants and participants were previously notified”
The press statement noted further that “While we are pleased with the very high caliber of the conference and the participation, circumstances have come about that present a far greater opportunity to expand the importance and reach of this event by combining our efforts with others in such a way that can have significant impact on US-Africa cooperation in tourism and the sectors that make tourism an important sector on the Continent”.
According to Stephens, “the decision to postpone was a joint decision by our partner, the Rwanda Development Board. Though we are not at liberty to announce details at this time, we remain committed to Rwanda and we will send an announcement of the new dates very soon”.
“We are confident that our decision is the right one and that it will prove to be in the best interests of all concerned. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a successful conference in Rwanda in 2017, said Stephens.