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Official World Tourism Day 2021 celebrated in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire

🕔 October 7, 2021
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The official World Tourism Day 2021 was celebrated in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire with the participation of tourism ministers from 12 countries. The day featured 1,500 participants, including representatives of international organizations and the private sector.  

Patrick Achi, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, said: 

“Cote d’Ivoire is proud to host a World Tourism Day like no other. Tourism is a key sector for Cote d’Ivoire’s growth and development. And the right path for Cote d’Ivoire is also the right path for all of Africa, using tourism as a locomotion to drive our economies forward and create jobs for women and youth.”

During the celebration day, ministers and experts explored how the pledge to drive inclusive growth can be achieved. The importance of innovation, targeted investments and strengthened collaboration between public and private sectors was made clear. The speakers also underscored the need for inclusive policymaking as tourism slowly returns and looks to the future. In addition to addressing the challenges of the present, World Tourism Day also looked to the future. In Abidjan, “The Future of Africa” focused on the potential of the continent’s youth as well as its innovators and entrepreneurs.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed two Memorandums of Understanding, reflecting the broad scope of tourism’s reach and relevance. The Didier Drogba Foundation agreed to actively commit to UNWTO’s goals and values, above all to providing opportunities for African youth and those living in rural communities. Channels TV of Nigeria joined as a new UNWTO media partner and will incorporate the theme of tourism for development within its editorial commitments.


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