The African Tourism Board’s Ambassador representing Benin Republic Mr. Dine Bouraima has joined other members of the West African Confederation of Private Tourism Industry Professionals (COPITOUR) on a one day courtesy visit to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, December 2021.
The coutersy visit came at a time when the tourism sector is facing daunting challenges which have impacted the sector negatively and the two organizations thought it wise to have a face engagement so as to deliberate on how to proffer solutions not just in West Africa, but within the continent and the world.
“Part of of the reasons for the courtesy call to the ECOWAS Commission was to find a way out of huge issues that tourism sector is facing in West Africa, Africa and the World at large. Many of us know that Covid-19 pandemic has done a terrible damage to our sector and Omicron variant is here again. Also, we have been facing issues of inter flight connectivity ever since. As you may observe, fewer countries are present here, others couldn’t make it here on time due to the issue of flights connectivity, so these are the challenges that we have to look into as well and the organization will make its communique known very soon on those matters”, Bouraima said.
Countries with representation at the visit included Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, The Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea and Liberia.
Mrs. Francine AISSI HOUANGNI from Benin is the President of the Commission on Development and Infrastructures of COPITUR CEDEAO while Mamadou Racine SY of Senegal is the President if COPITOUR and has been leading the organization which has its presence in all the other sixteen member countries that made up the West African sub-region.