27/09/2012

WTO and Casa África sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote a Spanish presence in the development of African tourism

Image of the MOU signing this afternoon at Casa África.

Image of the MOU signing this afternoon at Casa África.

The secretary of the World Tourism Organisation  (WTO), Taleb Rifai, this afternoon signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between his organisation and Casa África which guarantees and expands the collaboration between both institutions to facilitate the consolidation of a sustainable tourism sector in Africa and the synergies between African entrepreneurs and experts and their Spanish counterparts and investors. The signing took place as part of the celebrations for World Tourism Day and was attended, on behalf of Casa África, by the institution's general director, Santiago Martínez-Caro. At the event we also had authorities such as the mayor for Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, Juan José Cardona; the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, José Regidor; the president of the Port Authority, Luis Ibarra and the president of the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of the Canary Islands, Sebastián Grisaleña.  The signing was also attended by the ambassadors of Kenya and South Africa in Spain, Bramwel W. Kisuya and Fikile Mugabane respectively.

Taleb Rifai reminded us during this event that the importance of tourism lies in that it is "a marvellous development tool and powerful creator of jobs." "One out of nine jobs that are created in Africa are linked to tourism, and one and a half more are created in sectors that are dependent on it, such as the services sector," Rifai reminded us.

The WTO and  Casa África have collaborated for nearly four years, mainly through the initiative Investour, Forum for Tourism Investments  and  Business in Africa, which is held during an intensive session as part of  FITUR and brings together entrepreneurs from the tourism sector, investors and specialist media of Spain and those of African countries. The MOU that was signed today hopes to expand on the existing collaboration between both organisations, going into greater depth in planning and support to improve public policies to develop tourism and in the economic development and generation of employment through the promotion of strategic alliances as part of the investment and commercialisation of the African destinations.

More information on Casa África's Portal Kuwamba

 

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