This week, more than 200 professionals in the travel industry are set to converge in Naivasha for the 2019 Annual KATA Convention.
Hosted by Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA), the industry captains discussing the changing and emerging trends in the travel sector. The convention will be held on September 27 and 28, 2019 at the Enishapai Resort and Spa.
The two-day event will bring together experts in the travel industry including the Vice President of the Universal Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA) who is also the CEO of the Israeli Incoming Tour Operators Association Mr. Yossi Fatael.
Also expected at the convention is the IATA Special Envoy on Aero-political affairs Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, President of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA) Mr. Bernard Bankole and the Rwanda Association of Travel Agents (RATA) President Ms. Uwizeye Louise as well as local industry players including government officials.
The forum comes at a time when the travel industry is keen on integrating the emerging technology trends in its trade, therefore, promoting growth. The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Travel in transition: Re-imagining Kenya’s future travel industry’.
“Discussions at the convention will focus on how industry players are dealing with the new changes happening in the industry which include but are not limited to technological, economic and structural disruptions, said KATA Chief Executive Officer Nicanor Sabula.
He further said that delegates will get a chance to engage top players in the travel industry and participate in conversations that will revolutionize the travel business. “The forum will further offer a perfect networking platform for delegates,” Mr. Sabula added.
The two-day event will be capped by the KATA at 40 celebrations to commemorate the association’s 40 years of existence.
The event has been put together through the concerted efforts of Travelport, the national carrier Kenya Airways and Amadeus. Other sponsors include Heritage Insurance, I&M Bank and Mastercard.
The KATA Convention is an annual forum that brings together travel professionals from the travel ecosystem which include travel agents, airlines, travel technology companies, regulators, financial institutions, insurance companies, training institutions among others to caucus on matters related to the industry and share knowledge and experiences.