Africa Travel Association Announces Its Newly Elected Board of Directors

The 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 include Central African Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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 the United States, particularly ATA Presidential Forum on Tourism inNew Yorkand the U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington, 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

Africa Travel Association,