What We Do

1. Policy Advocacy

  • Engagements with IATA

AESATA is at the forefront of advocating for the rights and interests of travel agents across Eastern and Southern Africa. We strategically engage with industry partners like the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure that the concerns and aspirations of travel agents are effectively represented and addressed.

As a proactive advocate, AESATA participates in policy discussions, offering evidence-based arguments and practical solutions that reflect the real-world needs of travel agents. We act as a conduit of information, relaying updates from IATA to our members, and empowering them to make informed decisions. Through joint initiatives, AESATA collaborates with IATA on projects that align with mutual goals, leveraging their combined expertise to catalyze positive change within the travel industry.

With a commitment to effective lobbying and representation, AESATA ensures that travel agents’ voices are heard in various industry forums and negotiations, ultimately fostering an environment where travel agents’ contributions are recognized, valued, and protected.

 

  • Advocating for Intra-Africa Travel: Engaging with AfCFTA

At AESATA we actively engage with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on matters that directly impact the travel industry and facilitate business opportunities for travel agents. With a focus on promoting intra-Africa travel, AESATA’s engagements with AfCFTA are multifaceted.

Enhancing Air Connectivity: AESATA champions the expansion of air connectivity across the African continent. By collaborating with AfCFTA, we advocate for policies and initiatives that facilitate seamless and efficient air travel between nations. Our goal is to have a robust network that links diverse destinations, enabling both business and leisure travel, and providing travel agents with a broader array of offerings.

 

Advocating for a Single Passport: AESATA actively supports the implementation of a single African passport. This visionary concept has the potential to revolutionize travel by eliminating many of the barriers that currently restrict movement. By championing this cause, we advocate for travel agents to benefit from simplified travel logistics and a more fluid exchange of visitors, promoting tourism growth and collaboration.

 

Developing Air Transport Infrastructure: AESATA recognizes that a strong travel industry hinges on well-developed air transport infrastructure. Through our engagements with AfCFTA, we advocate for investments in airports, aviation facilities, and related infrastructure that ensure efficient travel experiences for all. Improved infrastructure not only enhances travel agents’ offerings but also stimulates economic growth in the broader tourism sector.

 

Mitigating Visa Restrictions: AESATA advocates for streamlined visa procedures and reduced restrictions within the AfCFTA framework. By pushing for simplified visa processes, we aim to encourage travel agents to create diverse travel packages that span multiple destinations, enhancing intra-Africa travel options and driving business opportunities for agents.

 

  1. Education Programme

AESATA is dedicated to empowering its members with comprehensive education programs that equip travel agents with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the dynamic landscape of the travel industry. Our education initiatives are strategically designed to address key areas affecting travel agents, fostering professional growth and excellence. They include digital transformation, customer service excellence, industry regulations, sustainability, and responsible travel among others

AESATA employs a multifaceted approach in delivering its education programs, ensuring accessibility, engagement, and relevance to its members:

  1. Workshops and Webinars: AESATA organizes workshops and webinars on critical topics affecting travel agents. Through interactive sessions, industry experts share insights, best practices, and practical strategies that enable agents to stay ahead of industry trends.
  2. Training Seminars: Tailored training seminars cover a range of subjects, from digital marketing to customer service excellence. These seminars provide travel agents with actionable knowledge that directly impacts their business operations.

 

  1. Events
  • Annual AESATA Travel Agents Conference

The Annual AESATA Travel Agents Conference is an event that brings together travel industry professionals, stakeholders, and experts from across Eastern and Southern Africa. This conference serves as a platform for fostering collaboration, sharing insights, and addressing pertinent issues within the travel and tourism sector. The conference provides participants with an opportunity to learn, network, and exchange ideas and experiences, making it a pivotal event on the regional travel industry calendar.

 

  • Trade Fairs

The AESATA Trade Fair for travel agents is a vibrant and comprehensive event that serves as a dynamic marketplace for travel industry professionals across Eastern and Southern Africa. This trade fair offers a unique platform for travel agents, service providers, and stakeholders to showcase their offerings, engage in business-to-business interactions, explore innovative solutions, and forge valuable partnerships, all while staying abreast of the latest industry trends, fostering collaboration, and expanding their networks.