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AfCFTA Endorsed the Africa Tourism Private Sector Alliance ATPSA

AfCFTA Endorsed the Africa Tourism Private Sector Alliance ATPSA - TOURISMAFRICA.orgJohannesburg, South Africa, November 8, 2023 / TRAVELNEWSHUB / The Africa Free Continental Trade Area (AfCFTA) has endorsed the Africa Tourism Private Sector Alliance (ATPSA). This took place during the 6th ATLF hosted by the Government of Botswana in October 2023 in Gaborone, Botswana. The endorsement was witnessed by over 600 industry stakeholders, policy-makers, private sector executives, academics and investors who had gathered in Gaborone Botswana for the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum & Awards 2023 that was held from 03 to 06 October.

AfCFTA’s endorsement now affirms the Africa Tourism Private Sector Alliance (ATPSA) as the only Pan-African apex body and platform for national tourism private sector associations and organisations for African Union Member states. Birthed on the margins of ATLF 2022 in Botswana, the ATPSA will serve as a single voice and platform for positioning Tourism as priority sector across all African countries. The primary role of the body is to advocate for the removal of barriers to intra-Africa travel such as visa-free travel for Africans within Africa, improved connectivity within African countries, reduced cost of air travel across Africa, promotion of Africa under the “Brand Africa” banner in collaboration with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Other key priority focus areas of the Alliance are research, creation of market access for SMEs through destination marketing, capacity building and learning, best practice and knowledge sharing, Thought-leadership development, sustainable tourism development more.

Championed by AfCFTA, ATPSA is positioned to promote sustainable tourism development, improved intra-Africa travel facilitation, strengthen sector competitiveness and youth and women inclusivity.

The interim Secretariat of the alliance is hosted by Society for Aids in Africa (SAA), Accra Ghana and supported by Kenya Tourism Federation Offices in Nairobi, Kenya. The ATPSA secretariat therefore takes this opportunity to invite all tourism and related industries’ private sector organisations across Africa to join the ATPSA. The Alliance’s work plan and programme of action for 2024 is being developed to be validated by AfCFTA, members and African tourism industry stakeholders and related international partners in early 2024.
For more information, kindly contact Rejoice Chishamba on +27 (0)81 303 7030 or or Ms. Marie-Noelle Atta on +233 30 291 3739

About Africa Tourism Partners
African Tourism Partners (ATP) – is a UNWTO- affiliated award-winning Pan-African tourism development and strategic destination marketing advisory firm. The firm specializes in tourism and MICE strategy formulation, investment facilitation and promotion, research, master planning and destination market development and capacity building across Africa’s travel, tourism, hospitality, aviation and golf sub-industries.

Our clients and partners include but are not limited to UNWTO, World Bank, Mastercard Foundation, NEPAD, AfCFTA, South African Tourism, Ghana Tourism Authority, Tourism KwaZulu- Natal, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Rwanda Chamber of Commerce, SAACI, RwandAir, SAA, Ethiopia Airlines, Tanzania Tourism Board, Kenya Tourism Board, Uganda Tourism Board, Gauteng Tourism Authority, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Nigeria and more.

About Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO)
The Botswana Tourism Organisation was set up by the government to market tourist products and to grade and classify tourist accommodation as well as to promote investment in the tourism sector. The organisation has successfully focused its efforts on achieving high standards and developing tourism strategies that exceed customer expectations as well as building customer confidence around the world.

Its stated aim is to develop Botswana into a unique preferred tourism destination of choice, in order to increase the sector’s contribution to the economic growth of the nation. As part of its efforts to reach this goal, the organisation is constantly expanding and promoting the international image of Botswana. Dedicated to preserving the heritage and environment of Botswana, the organisation has laid down conservation policies and ecotourism strategies to ensure that tourism is sustainable for its inhabitants and future generations while still contributing meaningfully to the national economy.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

About AfCFTA
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area encompassing most of Africa. It was established in 2018 by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which has 43 parties and another 11 signatories, making it the largest free-trade area by number of member states, after the World Trade Organization, and the largest in population and geographic size, spanning 1.3 billion people across the world’s second largest continent.

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