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 Eighth Annual Inter-Continental Hotels Cote D'Ivoire Award Presented to Helen Broadus, President, Venue International at Joint Meeting of Africa Travel Association and World Tourism Organization
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 Professionals 
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 West Africa) 

On a 10 minutes distance from Hotel Ivoire is located the  250 rooms  Golf Hotel Inter Continental bordering a 9 and 18 hole International Golf Course. 

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 d'Ivoire.

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 Association
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. 
The 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 Organization
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 institutions.
Ivoire Inter*Continental Hotels 
Cote d'Ivoire 
Tel 225 441045 Fax 225 440049 
Also See: Roger Kacou - VP of Operations Inter*Continental Hotels West & Central Africa - Receives Royal Decoration from the King of Morocco / Feb 1999 

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