|May 3, 1999, Accra, Ghana. Inter-Continental Hotels (IHG)
Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, presented their Eighth Annual Inter-Continental
Hotels Cote d'Ivoire Award to Helen Broadus Muldrow, President, Venue
International, Washington D.C. at a gala reception hosted by the
Hotel Group at the historic first joint meeting of the Africa Travel Association
(ATA) Congress and the World Tourism Organization's Commission on Africa
(WTO-CAF) in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, May 3. The evening ceremony, attended
by ATA and WTO delegates from the U.S. Canada and African nations, was
a highlight of the Congress' opening day festivities.
Roger A. Kacou, IHG's Regional Vice President Operations West &
Central Africa, bestowed this prestigious award, inaugurated at the ATA
congress in Abidjan, 1992, to recognize signal contributions in furthering
tourism to the continent of Africa.
Peter Janssen, Inter*Continental Hotels
- Cote d'Ivoire
Helen Broadus, Venue International
Hon. Anney Kablan Norbert, Minister
of Tourim - Cote d'Ivoire
|Peter Janssen, Director of Sales & Marketing
for Inter-Continental Hotels Cote d'Ivoire in announcing the 1999 Honoree,
stated that "We are privileged to recognize Helen Broadus Muldrow's contributions
to ATA both as Past President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter and now
as an officer on the International Board of Directors. The growth of the
Mid-Atlantic Chapter is due in large part to her tireless efforts on behalf
of Africa. She has also successfully launched a Tour Company
specializing in bringing groups to Africa.
The throphy was given by the Minister of Tourism of Cote d'IvoireHon.
Anney Kablan Norbert.
Previous winners include Henderson Travel, Alken Tour, Carib News, ATA,
ASTA and last year the Animal Kingdom theme park in Disney World. .
Inter Continental Hotels - Cote d'Ivoire, is operating 5 exciting properties
including Hotel Ivoire Inter Continental, which features 750 rooms,
a Congress & Convention Complex, 5 Restaurants, a Casino, a Leisure
Complex including 11 Tennis Courts, Bowling and Ice Skating (Only one in
On a 10 minutes distance from Hotel Ivoire is located the 250
rooms Golf Hotel Inter Continental bordering a 9 and 18 hole International
The Hotel President in Yamoussoukro is a 285 room prop-erty located
250 km from Abidjan with nearby Golf Course and Wild Park. Hotel de la
Paix in Daoukro is the latest addition to the groups portfolio in Cote
Since March 1998, the Inter*Continental group of hotels is part of
Bass Hotels & Resorts, which operates other world famous brands,
including Crowne Plaza Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday
Inn Express and Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn.Bass Hotels & Resorts
owns, operates or franchises more than 2700 hotels in 95 countries.
About The Africa Travel
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) is an international,
nonprofit, nonpolitical and educational organization established in 1975
to promote tourism to the continent of Africa. Its membership includesAfrican
Government Tourist Offices, international airlines, hoteliers, cruise lines,
tour operators, travel agents, tourism educators and public relations/marketing
firms. ATA is an active member of the World Tourism Organization (WTO)
and is an industry partner in the "Green Globe" program of the World Travel
and Tourism Council.
primary objective of the organization is to promote the tourist attractions
of the Continent of Africa and educate all interested travel agents, planners
and operators about the products and services offered by the travel and
tourism industry in Africa. The ATA works very closely with individual
African countries, tour and ground operators, incentive, meeting and convention
planners, travel agents, airlines, hoteliers and all other branches of
the travel and leisure industry. In recognition of the role the tourism
industry plays in the development of its member countries, ATA has broadened
its programs to encourage business, economic and financial development.
About The World Tourism
The World Tourism Organization had its beginnings as the
International Union of Official Tourist Publicity Organizations set up
in 1925 in The Hague. It was renamed the International Union for Official
Tourism Organizations (IUOTO) after World War II and moved to Geneva.
IUOTO was a technical, non-governmental organization,
whose membership at its peak included 109 National Tourism Organizations
and 88 Associate Members, among them private and public groups.
As tourism grew and became an integral part of the fabric
of modern life, its international dimension increased and national governments
started to play an increasingly important role—their activities covering
the whole spectrum from infrastructure to regulations.
By the mid-1960s, it became clear that there was a need
for more effective tools to keep developments under review and to provide
tourism with inter-governmental machinery especially equipped to deal with
the movement of persons and holidaymakers.
In 1967, IUOTO members approved a resolution transforming
it into inter-governmental organization empowered to deal on a worldwide
basis with all matters concerning tourism and to cooperate with other competent
organizations, particularly those of the United Nations' system, such as
the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, and the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO).
A recommendation to the same effect was passed in December
1969 by the UN General Assembly, which recognized the "decisive and central
role" the transformed IUOTO should play in the field of world tourism "in
cooperation with the existing machinery within the UN".
The resolution was ratified in 1974 by 51 of the nations
whose official tourism organizations were members of IUOTO.
IUOTO was renamed the World Tourism Organization (WTO)
and its first General Assembly was held in Madrid in May 1975. The Secretariat
was installed in Madrid early the following year at the invitation of the
Spanish government, which provides a building for the headquarters.
In 1976, WTO became an executing agency of the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in 1977, a formal cooperation
agreement was signed with the United Nations itself.
Since its early years, WTO’s membership and influence
in world tourism has continued to grow. By 1997 its membership included
138 countries and territories and more than 350 Affiliate Members, representing
local government, the private sector, tourism associations and educational