AHTSA is an acronym for the Association of Hospitality & Tourism Schools in Africa. The association draws members from reputable hospitality and tourism institutions in the African region with an aim of facilitating cooperation and networking amongst member schools and the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
The Association is dedicated at fostering development of expertise in member schools though quality evaluation program, capacity building, close networking with related Associations (local and international) and the tourism industry at large.
Formed in 1994 following a joint initiative between Kenya Utalii College, Nairobi and Messrs Tourist consult of Basel, Switzerland, AHTSA has 33 member institution drawn from 16 different African Countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Namibia, Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The Association has four organs namely, the Annual General, Special General Meeting, the Executive Committee and the Secretariat. The Secretariat comprises of the Chairman, Secretary and the Treasurer and its activities are facilitated by a Coordinator. It’s Headquarter and legal seat is located in Nairobi, KENYA at Kenya Utalii College.
The association has several objectives namely:-
- Promote the exchange of experience and know how amongst the member schools
- Encourage exchange programmes for staff and students between member schools and promote
- Facilitate industrial attachments for staff and students of the member schools
- Promote the harmonization of course programs and curricula
- Establish common academic, disciplinary, organizational and professional standards and corresponding final awards.
- Assist member schools acquire AHTSA and or other international accreditation and recognition.
- Represent member schools at regional and international forums such as EUHOFA.
- Initiate and support joint research and development projects.
- Assist member schools organize and participate in national, regional and international hospitality and tourism competitions.
- Organize meetings, seminars, workshops, refresher courses in countries of member schools.
- Organize academic conferences on Hospitality & Tourism Research
- Establish a training centre for the training and development of teaching staff for the member
- Carry out such other activities as are reasonably necessary for the attainment of these objectives.