Starting on 20 April, UNWTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli will visit Mauritania, Côte d'Ivoire and Kenya, underscoring the
organization’s support of their tourism potential. These countries are now back on track to relaunch their tourism offer and start receiving
international visitors under improved conditions.
Overall, Africa has sustained its above average tourism growth with international arrivals above 8% in 2007, representing 44 million
additional travellers, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism
“These figures prove that tourism has the potential to foster sustainable development and Africa as a whole is among the top growing
regions. But many countries who have experienced less favourable developments in the recent past have now the opportunity to regain
tourism strength,” said Francesco Frangialli.
After the events that led to the suspension of the Paris-Dakar Rally, conditions in Mauritania are returning to normality.
represents an opportunity for economic diversification for this country which relies heavily on agriculture, livestock and iron exports.
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is overcoming internal tensions, led by a new interim government of national unity. The announcement this week
that a Presidential election will be held by the end of November constitutes a positive signal sent to the international community. The
country seems ready to pick up again tourism growth and to work towards becoming the important destination it has been in the past. This
represents an opportunity for diversifying an economy employing the majority of its workforce in agriculture and related activities.
With the constitution of a new
government of national unity, Kenya is regaining stability after the unrest posted by the election process at
the end of 2007, which strongly affected tourism. The country has always been one of the main African destinations, with 1.6 million
international arrivals in 2006. International tourism has now the opportunity to experience a strong comeback, thanks to the famed wildlife
and costal attractions.
“In the same spirit as my recent participation at the National Tourism Conference in Algeria, after the terrorist attacks this country has
endured, our active support to countries like Mauritania, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya comes at a critical point in time, given the current global
economic outlook. These countries are starting to recover in many ways, and UNWTO underscores that tourism is a means to support this
positive development,” Mr. Frangialli said.
Francesco Frangialli will visit Côte d'Ivoire from 20 to 22 April, Mauritania from 22 to 24 April, and Kenya on 6 and 7 May.
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