Ministers and senior officials from African countries have been meeting in Nairobi to discuss the development of tourism.
Ministers and senior officials from African countries have been meeting in Nairobi to discuss the development of tourism. They heard papers on many different aspects of tourism, presented by experts from countries such as Spain and Tunisia, which have thriving tourist industries.
The conference was sponsored by the International Union of Official Travel Organisations in cooperation with the International Labour Office, and dealt specifically with vocational training in the tourist industry.
In his welcoming address, Mr. J.L.M. Shako, Kenya's Minister for Tourism called on Africans to visit each other's countries more. He said that last year Kenya had only 13-thousand visitors from African states, compared with 400,000 from other countries.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from all over Africa have been attending a conference in Nairobi to discuss vocational training for tourism. They heard experts from countries with thriving tourist industries - and also heard criticism from Kenya's tourism minister, Mr Shako.
The conference was declared officially open by Mr Atigbi, from Nigeria, who is chairman of the African travel commission. He said the purpose of the seminar was to find practical solutions to the shortage of trained personnel which was one of the plaguing problems facing the tourism industry in Africa. Although not confined to Africa, the problem had greater damaging effect on African countries struggling for a place in the world tourism market.