AHTSA stands for the Association of Hospitality & Tourism Schools in Africa. The association draws members from reputable hospitality institutions in the African region with an aim of facilitating cooperation and networking amongst member schools and the Hospitality and Tourism industry
The association’s aims to attain the highest standards in Tourism and Hospitality training within the African region, for the benefit of the hotel and tourism industry in the region through networking within and without member schools. It also supports liaison of member schools with other schools outside Africa for obvious mutual benefits.
Formed in 1994 following a joint initiative between Kenya Utalii College, Nairobi and Messrs Tourist consult of Basel, Switzerland, the association has 31 active members drawn from 15 different African countries namely, Kenya Uganda, Tanzania, Namibia, Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zimbabwe
The association also aims 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.
Our vision of the association is to be the leading professional organization in tourism and hospitality education, training and development in Africa, whilst our mission is to be an internationally recognized Association of Hospitality Schools, which reflects products and services of the highest standards through the commitment of its member schools.
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.