1st US – Africa Tourism and Sports Seminar

Published on 12th February 2008

The inaugural Africa Tourism and Sports seminar will be held in New York from Feb 21. The more than 200 private and public sector leaders from the U.S.A, Africa and beyond will meet in New York to discuss investment opportunities in the fast-growing tourism industry in Africa. The event co-sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and Africa Travel Association (ATA) will be held under the title “Making Africa the World’s Next Premiere Travel Destination”. Behind this initiative is a forecast that Africa is expected to continue to grow at a high level in international tourism.


Flower Farmers Avert Fears


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Reliance Financial Services Boosts Gambia


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Cup of Nations Does us Proud


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