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ACFIC Chamber of Commerce Leaders Speak at UNWTO Africa Tourism Forum


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                                                          ACFIC Chamber of Commerce Leaders

                                                         Speak at UNWTO Africa Tourism Forum

 

Africa Tourism Forum, sponsored by UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), took place from September 10 to 15, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. The forum aimed to reduce poverty of African Continent by helping African nations develop their tourism. Representatives from governments and international organizations as well as tourism experts from across the world discussed such themes as attracting tourism investment, enhancing market promotion and promoting cultural heritage conservation.

 

China is a potential large client for the market of Africa tourism and Chinese citizens are showing growing interest in traveling to African Continent. Chairman Mr. Wang Ping and Vice Chairman Mr. Mu Min from the Chamber of Tourism of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce were invited to attend the forum and delivered speeches at the forum workshop “Prospect of the World: Africa Tourism”. China is the only Asian country that participated in this forum.

 

This forum is UNWTO’s first international conference on Africa. UNWTO Secretary General Mr. Francesco Frangialli said UNWTO was committed to actions for increasing employment and reducing poverty in Africa. Many regions in the world have gained economic takeoff through tourism development. Africa is a tourism destination with great potential to be explored. It has rich tourism resources. Its beautiful natural landscapes, fascinating cultures, spectacular wildlife and adventurous tourism are all tourists from the rest of the world want to experience.

 

In order to facilitate the achievement of UN Millennium Development Goals, UNWTO has worked out Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Program (ST-EP), aiming to improve quality of Africa’s tourism products by helping least developed African countries with training and education programs in tourism. UNWTO signed an agreement last July to help African countries use information technologies in the field of tourism.

 

At the forum, UNWTO also organized a one-day meeting entitled “International Tourism: Opportunities for Least Developed Nations” where tourism ministers from seven African countries spoke. According to UNWTO’s estimate, international tourists to Africa will reach 77 million annually by 2010.

 

In his speech, Chairman Wang Ping reviewed friendly relations between China and Africa and explained principles for tourism cooperation between Chinese private businesses and African countries.  His speech was warmly acclaimed by African participants who expressed friendship to Wang Ping and Mu Min and asked for texts of their speeches. Representatives of many African countries even discussed concrete cooperation projects with Chinese delegation in the conference hall. In addition, CAFIC Chamber of Commerce and Africa Tourism Federation signed a working agreement on further cooperation between them. Vice Chairman Mr. Mu Min briefed on status quos and prospects of China’ private tourism economy and explained China’s policies on its cooperation with African countries.

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