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March 2019 updates and highlights

April update including TRAVEL AGENT FORUM in Las Vegas and new planes for Uganda Airways.

In March, AFRICA TRAVEL ALLIANCE participated in the TRAVEL AGENT FORUM in Las Vegas - a travel agent conference which included educational sessions, one-on-one meetings, roundtables and an exhibit floor.

We represented FKLM ETHIOPIA TOURS, a tour operator based in Addis Ababa and specializing in a variety of tour offerings - faith, student, historical and adventure - which saw great success as we were able to educate many travel agents to the destination.

By offering a FAM Trip next February, FKLM sparked the interest of these agents eager to learn a new destination. We will continue to promote their FAM throughout the year and are positive this FAM will have the same success as the FAM we helped organize for REDROAD TOURS (Uganda) in January 2019.

If you'd like to get your company name known in the US market, please review our updated schedule of marketing opportunities for the remainder of 2019. We offer shows/conference in several markets including Retail, Wholesale, Faith, and Student and are offering special rates for Africa Travel Alliance members.


Membership is FREE! Contact Kevin for details how to become a member.

Kevin E. Streit, CSTP, CTC, CTIS
[email protected]
Mobile / WhatsApp +1.702.883.6710


World map showing air route from Newark to Capetown

Beginning in December 2019, United Airlines will offer direct service from Newark to Capetown three days a week. The flight will be operated in a 787-9 Dreamliner with 48 seats in Business Class, 88 seats in Economy Plus, and 116 seats in Coach. As the only non-stop service from the US, this flight will save travelers nearly 8 hours round trip from current flights offered.

Complete article.


Bombardier CRJ900 delivery to Ugandan Airlines

The new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets fitted with the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for its upcoming debut, making it the first operator in Africa with this enhanced cabin experience.

Complete article.

Kevin at Travel Agent Forum

Kevin Streit presenting at ravel Agent Forum

The numbers were very strong at ITB Berlin this year with an increase in attendance and strong interest in Africa (as the 2 articles above describe). I met with a few current and potential members including Joseph Muya, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya.


Following is a list of trade shows and sales missions where we can represent your company under the Africa Travel Alliance umbrella. There are some opportunities where you can be present as well (where indicated).

Note: this list is current and not necessarily related to the date this newsletter was published.

9 June - 12 June 2019

Southern Baptist Convention - Birmingham, Alabama

This convention brings in anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000+ members for a conference style meeting with educational sessions, prayer meetings and exhibit hall featuring companies offering products and services that would benefit this community.

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

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9 August - 13 August 2019

SYTA - Birmingham, Alabama

Annual conference of the Student Youth Travel Association - all student group travel planners attend this conference.

One-on-one appointments.

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

24 August - 28 August 2019

ASTA Global Conference - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Annual convention of American Society of Travel Agents, the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.

Trade show format.

Limited availability.

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4 September - 6 September 2019

Going on Faith - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Annual conference with on-on-one appointments with group leaders who handle travel for churches and travel agents who have churches for clients.

One-on-one appointments.

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

26 October - 28 October 2019

Boomers in Groups - Franklin, Tennessee (outside of Nashville)

This is an appointment driver show - similar to Going on Faith. Suppliers are matched with organizers of group travel of "Baby Boomer" age - a burgeoning market.

One-on-one appointments.

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

1 December - 7 December 2019

USTOA - Orlando, Florida

United States Tour Operator Association - one-on-one appointments with tour operators offering tours within the USA and abroad (for both FIT and groups).

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

8 December - 12 December 2019

National Tour Association (NTA) - Ft. Worth, Texas

Over 1,500 buyer members (receptive operators and wholesalers) make up this organization of companies buying and selling travel to/from the US.

Appointment driven show.

One-on-one appointments.

Africa Travel Alliance represents clients.

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