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    President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast officially opened the first ice-skating rink in the African continent on Monday (7 September) by attending an ice-show featuring the Vienna ice-ballet, a prominent Austrian troupe.

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    President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast officially opened the first ice-skating rink in the African continent on Monday (7 September) by attending an ice-show featuring the Vienna ice-ballet, a prominent Austrian troupe.

    Earlier, the public had already had a chance of general skating on the new rink, part of a tourist and sport complex for Abidjan's hotel Ivoire.

    At the Gala opening the President was joined by several leading Ivory Coast personalities, and foreign financiers such as Monsieur Moshe Mayer, backer of the Hotel Ivoire's tourist complex, and President of the Mafit Trust Corporation of Geneva which is investing heavily in other Ivory Coast Tourist developments.

    Also presented were Mr. Schaefer, current Director-General of the Union of Swiss Banks, representatives of French, German and British banks, and Ministers Kol, Hillel and Dinstein of the Israeli Government.

    There was no official ceremony at the opening of the ice-rink, but a beautiful skater from the Austrian troupe performing presented flowers to President Houphouet-Boigny.

    The followed the performance by the Vienna Ice-ballet. There was disciplined ice-dancing by a highly trained and colourfully dressed corps de ballet, and a featured individual performer was the athletic Marian Filc.

    There were also a number of glamorous girl solo performers.

    On the day after the opening of the ice-rink, President Houphouet-Boigny laid the foundation stone of another impressive Abidjan tourist development, the African Riviera, which includes a yacht basin, two hotels, and an 18-hole golf course.

    This coastal development is to be built by the Geneva Mafit Trust Corporation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4AQDMG4GDWFLDIOEBITI142L9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4AQDMG4GDWFLDIOEBITI142L9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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