The Autumn 2018 Meeting of European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade and the official celebrations for WORLD TOURISM DAY 2018 had taken place at the headquarters of global tourism institution.
The events had taken place under the leadership of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President and a string of key decisions for tourism and culture future in 2019 had being taken.
The main issues debated by the world tourism and culture institutions where the selection of the 2019 host cities for World Tourism Day, and the announcement of official theme of the next year tourism celebration for European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade.
This theme will be instrumental also in the selection of new candidates for hosting world tourism awards ceremonies in 2019.
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Main world tourism and culture awards ceremonies slated for 2019:
World Capital of Culture and Tourism
World`s Best Tourist Destination Award
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Phnom Penh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia and Djibouti city, the capital of The Republic of Djibouti were selected as the official model cities for World Tourism Day celebrations and official hosts of global tourism events.
Both Djibouti and Phnom Penh where in previous years selected as World`s Capital of Culture and Tourism and globally recognized as centers of heritage, tourism and culture.
The city of Phnom Penh has also obtained WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status in 2016 and hosted the World Tourism Awards ceremonies the same year establishing himself as a powerful tourism and cultural center of Indochina.
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Phnom Penh-the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. Read more:
♦ THE GUIDE AROUND PHNOM PENH
♦ PHNOM PENH: THE CITY OF WATERS!
♦ A VISIT TO PHNOM PENH! HIGHLIGHT OF A PERFECT CITY!
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Cambodia and Djibouti have won the honor to be global examples in the tourism and cultural world for 2019.
On the venue of the same event the WORLD TOURISM DAY 2019 theme was decided to be History and Tourism: A symbiotic relation!
The theme is destined not only to enliven tourism during 2019, but also to emphasize that tourism is inextricably linked with historical legacy.
History is the main attraction that is creating tourism demand and visitors expectation is linked with the existence of historical and cultural heritage.
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More information on Djibouti tourism potential and strategy can be extracted from these sources:
DJIBOUTI: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
SIX ARGUMENTS THAT BODE WELL FOR DJIBOUTI`S TOURISM FUTURE
WHAT YOU DIDN`T KNOW ABOUT DJIBOUTI
AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE
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Tourism must also be organized in such a manner to not impede conservation efforts, to support raising awareness on historical monuments and to help to acquire the financial support necessary for historical preservation activities.
Tourism and history are inseparable, are growing from the same tree: the sapling of culture and civilization.
History is the root of tourism development and tourism must feed and nurture historical preservation as leaves are feeding the tree said Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-global tourism president.
The next year celebration for World Tourism Day will take place in 27 September 2019, placing under the spotlight the culture and civilization as an integral part of tourism growth and role in the sustainable development goals agenda.
The European Council on Tourism and Trade was established as the voice of global tourism and culture for European nationsand has gradually evolved since 2005 in the main driver of world tourism development.
It is focused on member countries’ politics and statal agenda in terms of tourism and trade and produces strategies, research and studies on tourism and cultural development implemented worldwide.
Its membership includes state actors, private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
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 ACADEMY RECOGNIZES THE PRESIDENT OF DJIBOUTI H.E. ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH AS HIS NEW ACADEMICIAN
European Council On Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presents the activities of the new academician: H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.President of Romania (1996-2000) Academician Emil Constantinescu attends the ceremony (photo left).
According to the motto: KNOWLEDGE TO LEAD THE WORLD! The EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY has accepted in his midst a new global leader in development and tourism ready to bring his contribution to the universal agenda for sustainable development. The name of the new personality recognized as world leaders : Ismail Omar Guelleh-The President of Djibouti.
As it is the academic tradition, The Letter destined for World Leaders of Tourism and Development will be presented to H.E. President Ismail Guelleh on the opening day of World Capital of Culture and Tourismfestivity by European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
The European Tourism Academy encompass world leaders who proven themselves as creators of outstanding initiatives related to world development, tourism growth, tourism diplomatic initiatives and in fostering sustainable tourism and developing programs that give back to local and global communities.
President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh has been named member of European Tourism Academy in recognition of his visionary leadership.
World Bank has placed Djibouti on no.5 on world level on the rate of economic growth.
More can be observed here:
LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT
PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA NAMED WORLD LEADER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM
GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTION APPOINTS WORLD LEADERS FOR DEVELOPMENT
PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA RECEIVES THE LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS
According to the international media, President Ismail Omar Guelleh is being honored for “his developmental policies which lifted Djibouti out of poverty and raised it according to World Bank on no.5 on the top of world fastest growing economies in 2018.
President Ismail Omar Guelleh is to be commended for a visionary leadership that enacted on national level policies of reconciliation and inter-community dialogue, encouraged sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation, and economic development attracting major hotel investment, resulting in the remarkable turnaround that has led to Djibouti’s rise as one of the leading growing tourism destinations in Africa today (European Council on Tourism and Trade).”
The Press Dossier of an intensive diplomatic activity of a world leader: Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh President of the Republic of Djibouti.
Among other recent recipients of the Letter destined for World Leaders of Tourism and Development and academician title, an eminent place is held by H. E. Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia Hun Sen who enacted policies that made Cambodia to be the first country in tourism development in 2016 and 2017 at world level.
Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Tourism Academy Director declared “Growth in this industry has proven to be a driver of shared prosperity because H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has ensured that Djibouti-ans benefit directly.
This is one of the reasons that we salute in him a world leader and a development example.”
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