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An African ministerial working meeting in Berlin

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Berlin, 12.03.2018, 16:58 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 6517x gelesen

Rome/Berlin [ENA] An African ministerial working meeting with Angola, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe conveyed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during this year’s Berlin International Tourism Fair ITB (8 March) came to an agreement to move ahead with a new ten-point UNWTO Agenda for Africa.

The final document, a detailed, four-year UNWTO Agenda for Africa will be approved at the upcoming 61st Regional Commission for Africa – UNWTO’s annual gathering of all its member countries of the continent –in the Nigerian capital of Abuja (4-6 June).The scenery of international tourist arrivals expanding 8% in Africa in 2017, thus outnumbering the world average increase in arrivals, means that tourism is gaining weight as a development opportunity for the whole continent, with its vast diversity of nature, culture and wildlife its greatest vehicle for development. These strong results show the potential of tourism in Africa but also the prioritizing of the sector in the development agenda in the continent.

It is binding to continue working on conservation and protection measures and to engage stakeholders of different nature such as governments, local communities, private sector recipients and the media with a consolidated platform for sharing ideas and projects around the tourism sector in Africa. Wildlife represents the true added value of African biodiversity as a strong component of the tourism sector in the continent. Wildlife, reserves and geographic treasures make Africa unique with regard to its tourism offer.

The participants from 17 countries, including 14 ministers, supported a coordinated approach to seizing the continent’s potential for tourism, a sector that last year attracted more than 62 million international visitors. Issues on the UNWTO Agenda for Africa comprise, among others, connectivity, the image and brand of Africa, poverty alleviation, climate change, education and skills development, and financing. Delegates gave emphasis to the importance of educating other economic sectors on the wide-ranging impact of tourism for the benefit of societies and its people, and promoting tourism as a priority in national agendas.

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