Confederation private (sectoral) tourism organizations in ECOWAS (COPITOUR) is a welcome response to the problems of cooperation between West African countries.
Let’s take the population of these countries, some of which are English-speaking and others French-speaking, with different regional, socio-economic and political alliances and allegiances, but with the same black face and blood. Some experts say language differences within the same regional bloc are slowing down the recovery of the tourism economy and cooperation.
Let’s first count how we, I mean the ECOWAS states involved in tourism. Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Togo, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Benin, Liberia, Ghana, Chad, Gambia and Burkina Faso.
Well, did you count? So, a simple aspect of the protocols that perhaps many people in the industry appreciate is the freedom of movement tied to 90 days without a visa, yet the industry’s huge needs and presence suffer from neglect and confusion due to interpretation at various border posts. almighty customs and immigration authorities of all countries.
COPITOUR now states that the industry needs a proper assessment of the market within the framework and in accordance with the agreement between the member countries signed on May 28, 1975.
Of course, you don’t need to be a diplomat to know that the deal is shaky on many fronts, especially on the culture and tourism components, with regard to technology, logistics, taxes, fees and investment in the hospitality industry and ownership of arts and crafts, galleries and transportation.
Success stories in the industry tend to be boxed in and disappointed among related members.
Mamadou Raschin, a frontline hotelier (hoteliers have always led the way), the mayor of Senegal, is leading the West Coast Confederation campaign for francophones and all, while Ghana has chosen an anglophone niche in the absence of Nigeria. two years ago when hippo private the movement reared its head.
At a post-COVID meeting held in Côte d’Ivoire last week, attended by reformed and recalibrated The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), ably represented by its President Mr. Nkereweum Onung, felt Onung’s presence, remarkable brilliance and broader perspective.
Since he came on board nearly a year ago, Onung has brought new narratives to tourism, repositioned the sector even though there are still miles to go, and left tourism battles to little people.
Marked at the meeting in Abidjan by the strategic portfolio as…