Africa Congress gets WTTC patronage

The African continent registered a 10 % tourist growth in 2005. As a tourist destination, Africa is currently in great expansion representing strong potential for development. A great number of African and international decision-makers from a number of diverse sectors including investment, tour-operating, hospitality, transport, engineering, construction, media and culture will meet in Geneva next September to network and explore further areas of cooperation.

On September 10 and 11, these professionals involved in the tourism sector in Africa will gather to analyse the key factors linked to the growth of this industry during the Congress. Under the presidency of Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten (WTTC president), qualified experts will lead debates on the following themes in six separate sessions: 

Design and realisation of tourist projects chaired by Mr Peter Boswell (General Manager, FIDIC)
Investment chaired by Mr David McMillan (CEO, IHRA)
Tourist promotion chaired by Mr Ousmane Ndiaye (Regional representative for Africa, UNWTO)
Training and Education in tourism chaired by Mr Ruud J. Reuland (CEO, Lausanne Hotel School)
Air Transport chaired by Mr Thomas Windmuller (Senior Vice President, IATA)
Image of Africa chaired by Mrs Elizabeth Wangari (Head of the Africa Unit, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO).

Those two days discussion will set the scene for a variety of activities taking place from September 12 to 15 ranging from investment, development, promotion and culture with regards to Africa’s tourism industry.