The final document will be adopted at a UNWTO Commission meeting for Africa, scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from June 04 – 06.
A recent UNWTO announcement noted international tourist arrivals to Africa expanded eight percent, outgrowing the world average increase. It also noted that tourism was gaining weight as a development opportunity for the whole African continent, with the vast diversity of its nature, culture and wildlife its greatest vehicle for development.
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO, stressed, “Tourism has huge potential to generate lasting development opportunities in Africa if we manage it in the right way, which is economic, social and environmental sustainability.”
Issues on the UNWTO Agenda for Africa include, among other things, connectivity, the image and brand of Africa, poverty alleviation, climate change, education, skills development, and financing.