ATA Delegates Visit TICAA in Dakar

8 Jun

ATA’s 36th Annual Congress featured something very special for ATA delegates this year; it overlapped with TICAA (The International Tourism, Cultural Industries and Artistic Crafts Fair) in Dakar. From May 27-29, 2011, TICAA was held along Dakar’s beautiful coastline where participants could feel the ocean breeze waft through the pavilion as they meandered through all the colorful and lively booths.

ATA delegates visited TICAA on Friday, May 27th, to attend the festive opening ceremony and go to the show after. TICAA kicked off with an opening ceremony with speeches from Honorable Minister Thierno Lo of the Republic of Senegal, other esteemed guests, and a musical performance featuring West African kora music, singing, and dancing.

TICAA was launched in 2010 by Senegal’s National Tourism Promotion Agency (ANPT) and is the premier international travel and tourism event of Senegal and the larger West Africa region. It brings together travel-trade professionals working in the Africa tourism industry to develop business opportunities, tourism products, and strengthen markets for tourism in Africa.

TICAA gives visitors the chance to learn about destinations across Africa, meet the tourism professionals servicing Africa, and discover the latest travel products in the continent. In addition to learning about the rich travel opportunities in Africa, participants can also visit the artisans market to see gorgeous African arts and crafts. From beautifully hand-woven baskets, colorful tapestries, wood-carved statues and masks, you can get lost in the range of African handicrafts on display at TICAA.

If you are visiting TICAA next year, give yourself a good amount of time to visit all booths and bring an extra suitcase for all the arts and crafts goodies you’ll want to take home!

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