Some stakeholders in the Tourism and Travel sector have called for maximum exploitation of Africa’s tourism potential to grow the continent’s economy.
They made the call during a presentation tagged” African Diaspora Tourism Conference: at the 15th AKWAABA, African Travel and Tourism Market at Lagos.
According to some stakeholders in the tourism industry, harnessing African tourism potential could liberate most of the countries from poverty.
A Former Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, Mr Alain St. Ange, urged Africans to stay united while they collectively tap into their tourism potential.
He said Africans have unique tourism selling points which remained hidden treasures that needed to be showcased for Africa’s growth.
According to him, tourism is the only industry that can put money directly into the pocket of citizens, urging Africans to open their borders to other African countries.
The Deputy Tourism Minister of Ghana, Dr Iddi Ziblim, encouraged Africans to travel within Africa as the continent was endowed with numerous and unique tourists’ destination capable of boosting its economy.
Dr Ziblim urged Africans to create more platforms through which Africans in the Diaspora could retrace their roots just like Ghana declared this year as a ” The Year Of Return”
The Caribbean Tourism Director of Marketing to the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa, Carol Hay said that Africans were not doing enough to protect historical heritage for the future generation, pointing out that proper protection of Africa’s historical heritage would boost tourism.
Mrs Ida Jeng Njie, Director of Tourism from the Gambia Tourism Board, said it was high time Africans come together as a nation and not as individual countries.
She said Africa lost the United Nations Secretary-General position during the recent election due to lack of co-operation by Africans.