By Ahlam Ben Saga
By Ahlam Ben Saga
Rabat- The Development and Solidarity Council (CDS) announced its decision to hold annual International Symposium of Tourism at Rabat’s La Tour Hassan Hotel on Wednesday, April 11.
With the participation of more than 40 selected groups of panelists, the conference will highlight the role of tourism in Morocco’s development and international influence, and address the strategic challenges of implementing the Vision 2020 goals to boost tourism in Morocco.
Organized by the current president of the CDS, Mohamed Benamour (also the former president of the National Federation of Tourism), the symposium will be held in the presence of Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy Mohammed Sajid; France’s former Minister of National Education, Luc Chatel; and former Minister of Finance and Economy and current Mayor of Rabat Fathallah Oualalou, among other senior officials and ambassadors.
The conference comes in line with the Moroccan Department of Tourism’s Vision 2020, which was introduced by King Mohammed VI in 2010 to “double the size of the tourist industry,” and make the country one of the 20 hottest global tourist destinations through improving the hotel ranking system, tourism guidance, transportation, and security to create unique, safe, and affordable experiences for tourists in Morocco.
The conference’s press release sheds light on the importance of dialogue between Morocco and other African regions, as well as other countries in the world, in promoting tourist destinations and strengthening geopolitical ties.
In a recent survey issued by an EU-based online market research firm, ResearchAndMarkets.com, Morocco was described as Africa’s leading tourist market.
The survey stated that Morocco garnered over 10 million foreign visitors in 2016.
In 2030, Morocco is expected to attract over 2 billion tourists, which will increase the country’s international competitiveness in the tourism industry.
The Development and Solidarity Council (CDS) is a Moroccan civic organization whose purpose is to pave the way for the expansion of Morocco’s economy through organizing activities such as debates, conferences and discussions under the supervision of Morocco’s highest decision makers.