A delegation led by Josue Esono EdA� Corredor, Director General for Tourism Regulation and Statistics, attended the meeting of experts from the AU for the “Validation of the Continental Tourism Strategy and the African Tourism Organisation”, which took place on 21st and 22nd March this year.
During the meeting, the delegation had the opportunity to exchange views with the 37 delegates, from all parts of the continent, in order to begin work within the framework of the validation workshop for the continental strategy regarding tourism, which is the guiding document with which all States will coordinate the tourism strategy on a continental level, and the proposal of Statutes for the African Tourism Organisation (ATO).
The workshop is part of the preparations for the upcoming meeting of Tourism Ministers in Cairo, in April, and thus the work is key to preparing the final proposal for the ultimate decision.making body of the AU, after prior analysis at a technical level by the Committee of Experts meeting in Addis Abeba.
Tourism, under the guidelines of Agenda 2063, aims to double its current account income. It particularly included inter-African tourism, which is expected to double by 2023. Thus the experts, based on the Lome Declaration, estimate that the decision to create bodies and tourism strategies is essential for the correct coordination of the sector at a continental level.
Although the ATO project has been studied for ten years, it was not until last year that the Council of Ministers from the various member States of the AU decided to take the final step and create this important management body, which without doubt aims to guarantee sustainable lasting growth.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office