OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH ON HIS ADMISSION IN EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY
OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF
H.E. ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS ELEVATION TO THE HONOUR OF ACADEMICIAN
Mr. President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea,
It is with great joy and pride that I welcome this distinction.
Through me, it is Djibouti and its population that you just honor. Therefore, first of all, Mr. President, on behalf of the people of Djibouti, I thank you personally as well as the academy that you are leading for this mark of trust and esteem that you show us.
This distinction, Mr. President, as meritorious as it may be, we take it neither as a consecration nor as a reward. But as an encouragement. An encouragement to persevere on the path that we have traced in the development of tourism.
It is always rewarding to be supported in its efforts, especially by an institution like yours that has always defended a vision of tourism and culture centered on the human.
Ladies and gentlemen
There are different ways to define and perceive Djibouti and its people.
Some speak of us as a pebble in the middle of the desert. Others, no doubt nostalgic of a colonial era yet gone, we reduce to a sign on which is written "Territory of the Afars and Issas".
The most innovative identify us with a geostrategic basis for the military powers.
But fortunately for us, ladies and gentlemen, there are still many people around the world who do not reduce us to these anachronistic clichés and labels.
For us and for all those citizens of the world who have had the opportunity to stay in our country, Djibouti, it is this land of meetings and exchanges at the confluence of all roads, maritime, land and air.
For us and for all these citizens of the world, Djibouti is a story and even a prehistory that geology, geography and archeology keep telling through times and ages.
Those who marveled at the pristine beauty of the Lac Abbé, those who accompanied a caravan on the ice floe of Lake Assal, those there have the feeling of what is Djibouti. And it is probably because they felt the magic of a captivating space that Tazief and Rimbaud spoke in their time of "a book of open geology" and "a lunar landscape".
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen
We are therefore looking forward today to this international recognition of our country as "World Capital of Culture and Tourism".
Our country contains sites that are well worth detours. I mentioned Lake Assal and Lac Abbé earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric frescoes of Abourma or the primary Forest du Day.
I could also mention the extraordinary biodiversity of our flora and fauna which includes endemic species such as Djibouti Francolin or Beira gazelle.
I could also mention the extraordinary cultural richness of our communities. These nomads rooted in their territories. But also these citizens who are the fruits of a historic melting pot, and which makes Djibouti a haven of tolerance and living together.
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,
In our development strategy for our country, we are very sensitive to the benefits of tourism, its impact on growth, and its role in the fight against poverty. In a decade and thanks to all the efforts made to increase its attractiveness, our country has more than quadrupled the proportion of tourists.
Naturally, the Government is encouraging this job-creating dynamic for our youth and generating foreign currency for our economy. So much so that we have not hesitated to build the tourism industry as one of the economic pillars of the 2035 vision.
In the frenzied global competition that drives the tourism sector, we want to remain lucid to avoid falling into certain pitfalls.
We do not want to sacrifice to all-tourism territories and ecosystems that we know as fragile.
We do not want to build this still burgeoning sector on an economic model that plunders and torpedoes the ecological balance of territories and populations.
Faced with the short-term and consumerist promises of a tourism industry that often degrades, pollutes and destroys, we want to get out of the Manichean trap of all-tourism or its opposite, for a responsible solution that integrates the tourism industry into a development plan sustainable.
Djibouti has chosen a niche tourism that connects individuals, cultures and civilizations.
The choice of a tourism that has an important role to play in the dialogue of cultures and in living together.
The choice of balance between our development objectives and the indispensable protection of our social, cultural and environmental heritages.
It is a difficult choice whose dividends, although promising, are still meager.
But a choice that my country assumes for the sake of fairness and justice for future generations of our country.
Thank you for your attention!
European Tourism and Academy and World Tourism Institute - European Council on Tourism and Trade are proudly announcing the hosting in Europe of the Congress on Ethics and Tourism.
This gathering is aiming at highlighting the necessity to foster an ethic and development oriented tourism is more relevant as this year we are marking The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated throughout 2017.
The main target of the event will focus on the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector.
The tourism and ethics experts gathering will discuss the global sustainability agenda, particularly issues of governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible tourism consumption patterns, universal accessibility and effective management models for natural and cultural resources in line with tourism ethic manual.
On the agenda of the conclave must be also included tourism practices that contribute to socio-economic empowerment of local communities and individuals and spread the benefits of tourism development, notably to women, youth, indigenous people and persons with disabilities.
The assembly will further highlight the competitive advantages of investing in a more inclusive and diverse tourism sector.
The meeting is more important as it is ascribed to the necessity of creating a large current of opinion in respecting the value of travel advisories, in creating a safe environment for tourism and placing the safety and well being of tourism always at the fore, stated European Council on Tourism and Trade President.
The instructions to amalgamate in this year European Tourism Academy decision regarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM the issues of ethics and safeness with even more scrutiny than usual will be carried out to the fullest stated Academician Ionut Costea.
The GLOBAL TOURISM ETHIC COVENANT can be read out here.
EUROPEAN GUIDE FOR TOURISM PRACTICES can be assessed via this link.
PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SDG WILL UPHOLD WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DECISIONS
European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) had announced 2017 as the Year of SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT.
The decision of World Tourism Institute-ECTT comes in the following of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution proclaiming 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
United Nations had recognized “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among people’s everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea declared on the public ceremony marking the signing of the Executive Order on 2017 as the Year of SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT “Tourism had become now one of the most important world tool for economic development, in combating economic crisis and supporting the fight against un-employment and poverty world-wide.
Under the European Council on Tourism and Trade, as the flag-ship of international tourism I`am sure that 2017 will mark a year of raising awareness of the significance of tourism in the fields of economy, culture and environmental protection ” emphasized Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President.
“We are supported in our drive for tourism by European Tourism Academy as leading international academic and research institution and specially The Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals gathering world parliaments, Governments, other international and regional organizations and all other relevant stakeholders”, this is unprecedented, noted in his allocution President Dr. Anton Caragea.
The decision to adopt 2017 as the Year of SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT comes in the center of The Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals activity marking an important moment as the international community embraces the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year’s European Council on Tourism and Trade Academy celebrates World Tourism Day 2015 by highlighting the powerful role of tourism in creating causeways of international understanding and mutual respect.
European Tourism Academy considers that there is no better way to learn about a new culture than to experience the magic of tourism.
Traveling outside your comfort areas offers wonderful occasions to discover new cultures and communities.
This interaction is destined to promote dialogue and interaction.
This personal meetings mediated by traveling experiences between people of different backgrounds is the very foundation for tolerance and dialogue.
In a world building yet a peaceful coexistence, tourism can build bridges and contribute decisively to peace.
Tourism’s contributions to economic development are a part of building a new common market and a new global solidarity.
Today in the times of economic crisis, tourism is proving his steadfast ability to generate socio-economic occasions and help reduce the gap between rich and poor nations, and this result is becoming more significant than ever.
European Tourism Academy is tacking this global opportunity to encourage all the stakeholders involved in tourism to embrace the key principles of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.
These guidelines for sustainable, ethic and global tourism development, approved by the European Council on Tourism and Trade President, are based on the scientific and cultural analyses made in our academy and are based on the connections between tourism and peace, human rights and inter-cultural/ inter-religious dialogue.
World Tourism Day 2015 is an opportunity for tourism community under the leadership of European Council on Tourism and Trade to reflect on the importance of tourism to global development and environment protection.
We encourage you to travel, to discover the charm of engagement with other cultures, religions and civilization and celebrate human accomplishment`s during history.
President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, EDA
European Tourism Academy Director-Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu
EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY
The European Tourism Academy is charged with proposing an European tourism strategy up to 2020.