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Africa Travel Association (ATA) Announces New International Board of Directors Elected at 37th Annual World Congress in Zimbabwe

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NEW YORKThe Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced the election of its new board of directors. The board was elected on May 21 at ATA’s 37th Annual World Congress inVictoria Falls,Zimbabwe.

ATA government members elected Zimbabwe Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Eng. Walter Mzembi, as the new president of the association. Other governments elected to the board includeCentral African Republic,Egypt,Ethiopia,Ghana,Tanzania,Uganda,ZambiaandZimbabwe.

Minister Mzembi succeeds Honorable Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, The Gambia Minister of Tourism and Culture, who served as ATA’s president from May 2010 to May 2012. During Minister Jobe-Njie’s tenure, ATA country membership grew significantly, along with high-level government participation and industry attendance at ATA’s annual tourism events in theUnited States, particularly ATA Presidential Forum on Tourism inNew Yorkand the U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar inWashington,D.C.

ATA members once again nominated Karen Hoffman, President of The Bradford Group, as ATA’s First Vice President. Other ATA Executive Committee members include:

Honorable Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, UnitedRepublicofTanzania(Vice President)

Mr. Omar Carrera, Area Director, Sales & Marketing forEast Africa, Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Vice President)

Mr. Mohammed Zaki, RZ Travels (Vice President)

Andrea Papitto, Vice President, Thinking Forward Media (Vice President)

Dr. Gaynelle Henderson-Bailey, Henderson Travel (Secretary)

Charlie Gatt, Publisher, Travel World News (Treasurer)

The full list of the new board of directors, comprising governments, airlines, hotels, wholesalers, tour operators, PR firms, media and individuals is as follows:


      Central African Republic Honorable Sylvie Annick Mazoungou, Minister of Development of Tourism and Handicraft

      Arab Republic of Egypt Honorable Mounir Abdel Nour, Minister of Tourism

      Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia  Honorable Amin Abdulkadir Bereket, Minister of Culture and Tourism

      Republic of Ghana Honorable Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism

      United Republic of Tanzania (Vice President) Honorable Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism

      Republic of Uganda Honorable Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage

      Republic of Zambia Honorable Given Lubinda, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism

      Republic of ZimbabweHonorableEng.Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry


      Arik Air Mr. RobertBrunner,US Country Manager

      Delta Air Lines Mr. Chuck Imhof, Staff Vice President,New York Sales

      Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde G. Mariam.Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

      South African AirwaysMr. Gregg Truman, Vice President, Marketing


      Expedia Travel Mr. Diego J. Lofeudo, Senior Director of Market Management, EMAF, MEIO, GR & TK & CY, Expedia Travel

      Garden Group of Hotels – Zambia Mr. Gaudenzio Rossi, General Manager

      Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Vice President) Mr. Omar Carrera, Area Director, Sales & Marketing forEast Africa

      Southern Sun Tanzania Mr. Adam Fuller, General Manager

      Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Mr. Edward Kishe, Director General

Wholesalers / Tour Operators

      Africa Tour-Rific (USA) Ms.Doris Wooten

      Cameroon Travel Center Ms. Francoise Kameni Lele

      Group IST Mr. Gilad Goren

      Henderson Travel Services (USA) Dr. Gaynelle Henderson-Bailey (Secretary)

      Khanondo Safari & Tours (Zimbabwe) Mr. Forward Mutero

      Passport Health Ms. Tammy Broghammer

      Production Travel & Tours (USA) Mr. Ronald Mracky

      West Africa Tours (Mali & Senegal) Mrs. Mariama Ludovic de Lys


      The Bradford Group (First Vice President) Ms. Karen Hoffman, President

      Thinking Forward Media (Vice President) Ms.Andrea Papitto, Vice President

      Travel World News (Treasurer) Mr. Charlie Gatt Jr., Publisher


      Mr. Mohammed Zaki RZ Travels (Vice President)

      Mr. Ogo Sow  Ogo Sow Communications

      Mr. Lehlohonolo Moagi 4U2 Advertising Multi-Media Inc.

      Ms. Adele Black Affluent Hospitality Group

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