The westernmost point of Africa is surprisingly unknown to English-speaking visitors. However, Senegal is a country where rich traditions and natural beauty combine beautifully. French travelers have enjoyed Senegal’s sandy beaches and textured landscapes since the 1970s.
Dakar is home to the trendy and the traditional, the old and the new of Senegal. It is a fascinating city for dance, antiquing and authentic culture. In the laid-back Mamelles district, La Calebasse is a good place to enjoy traditional African cuisine on an elegant covered roof.
Leaders in the travel and tourism industry in the West African country are enthusiastic and understand the bigger picture of African tourism. Over the past week, the window of a unique opportunity for Senegal to take leadership in Africa in contributing to the world’s biggest industry, travel and tourism, has come much closer.
Mr. Deme Mouhamed Faouzou, a senior adviser to the Minister of Tourism, an Ambassador for the African Tourism Board, a member of the Global Tourism Network and the only West Africa Tourism Hero nomination understands this.
As recently as Saturday, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) elected HE Macky SallPresident of the Republic of Senegal, as the new President of this key organization for African unity.
In his acceptance speech, President Macky Sall said he appreciated the honor coupled with the responsibility and trust invested in him, and the members of the new Bureau, to direct the destiny of the Organization for the ‘next year. “I thank you and assure you of our commitment to work with all the member countries in the exercise of our mandate” indicated the new president of the Union. “I pay tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization. Six decades later, their luminous vision continues to inspire our living together and illuminate our united march towards the ideal of African integration,” he added.
African integration is what the transport, travel and tourism industry needs in Africa. Dr Walter Mzembi, President of the Africa Chapter of the Global Tourism Network, just said yesterday in his address to the United Nations African Business Forum: “Clearly, tourism, like other economic sectors such as trade and trade, agriculture and mining, is important to the as it requires a stand-alone institutional presence in the AU to build continental solidarity, articulate common challenges and address challenges to ensure the sector’s competitiveness in the AU. continental level.
Sports, Tourism. and peace has always been a unifier.
President Macky Sall was among those to greet the Senegal football team at the airport this week after winning the Africa Nations Cub for the first time in the cub’s 60th anniversary.
Besides the president, tens of thousands of ecstatic revelers celebrated the players’ return to Dakar, sitting in cars and dancing in the streets of the capital.
Even in the French capital, Paris, home to a large Senegalese community, thousands of supporters celebrated by gathering at the Arc de Triomphe.
World Member of Tourism in Senegal Deme Mouhamed Faouzou, Dakar, who is also an adviser to the Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport of Senegal, an ambassador for the African Tourist Office, and a proud recipient of the World Tourism Heroes the nomination by World Tourism Network is doubly excited.
He told eTurboNews: “Every Senegalese, every family, every supporter, has invested money, effort, time and emotion for Senegal to win this cup. It comes at a decisive time for the revival of our economies, in particular tourism, which has been brutally and frontally affected by COVID 19.
“This victory, beyond the joy and the festivities, must be refocused on its main objective, which remains and remains the promotion of Senegal. We need to show what our destination has to offer and sell to the world.
“Strike the iron when it’s hot. It is time to unite around the momentum, with our talents and our know-how to promote Senegal as a whole. “
“Being the first Senegalese and West African to be awarded a Global Tourism Hero, I must combine these three elements to campaign for tourism for the benefit of people and our economies.”
Deme Mouhamed Faouzou added: “We can develop a communication plan and promotional offers for Senegal as a travel destination. Each footballer must be named ambassador of his region, to promote the cultural specificities of our territories.
A caravan should be organized, with the players to travel the country to highlight domestic tourism, to pay tribute to each Senegalese, for having contributed to the victory.
Finally, each player must become an ambassador of tourism and an ambassador of African sport to promote inter-state and inter-regional tourism at the African multi-nation level.
Supported by the Africa Tourism Board and the World Tourism Network, Mr. Deme concluded: “This is my contribution as a technical adviser to the Minister of Tourism.
Juergen Steinmetz, President of the World Tourism Network, said: “We fully agree and support our tourism hero, Mr. Deme, in his assessment of the importance of a united approach for tourism in Senegal and around the world. African continent. Currently, the opportunity to continue with an achievable plan and Senegal in a leadership chair is tremendous.