The national tourist office has initiated an exchange tour with its umbrella organizations since Tuesday, January 2, 2021. This tour aims to find mechanisms to boost domestic tourism by avoiding deporting cases of Covid-19 .
For the first step of this series of exchanges, Nassénéba Touré, General Director of Côte d’Ivoire Tourism, met with the Network of Tourism Professionals of Côte d’Ivoire (REPTCI). It was for her to listen to them, to identify their difficulties in order to redefine together the mechanisms of revival of the local tourism industry.
Donald Djobo, president of REPTCI, in his speech, expressed his thanks to the General Management for this initiative and all the others from which the members of his roster have benefited. Without really dwelling on the difficulties, for him, it is important to unite around local opportunities: “We need real support for the Popo carnival in Bonoua, the Fotamana festival in Korhogo, the Paquinou in the V Baoulé etc. These festivals will allow us to bring local tourism to life and, by extension, allow the various links in the tourist chain to function ”. Did he declare
As for the first official of the national tourist office to present the contribution of tourism in the economy before the world health crisis. Tourism accounted for 16% of world GDP and 300 thousand dollars. Since the advent of Covid-19, which hit the various players hard, the national tourist office has been fighting for the survival of this sector, which is very important for the economy and for the well-being of the players. He also recalled the mission of supporting public and private structures in the tourism promotion link (hoteliers, restaurateurs, travel agencies, guides, etc.), the role assigned to his structure, Nassénéba Touré, said he was ready to support the various players in the proposals made. But all this, after a deep planning reflection and taking certain measures.
“We agree to support you in these different initiatives. But together we must manage to interest the Ivorian. Manage to move that of Bassam to discover the cultural riches of Korhogo, that of Katiola to discover that of Man, Odienné etc. It will have to be instilled in their habits as a fad. This is how we will succeed in stimulating the domestic tourist flow for the happiness of all. », Wished the general manager.
This meeting was also an opportunity to congratulate certain players involved in the promotion of the destination. This is how Alain Tailly, Cyriac Gbogou, Ms. Guiraud and Mr. Bini, promoter of the Bini estates, received prizes.