Selçuk Meral, the Founder President of ATF giving the opening speech at the 2024 Africa Tourism Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Africa Tourism Forum Opens in Sharm El-Sheikh

The Africa Tourism Forum has officially opened in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The event brings together tourism professionals from over 20 countries.

Held at the Sharm El-Sheikh International Congress Center, the forum started with enthusiastic opening speeches. Selçuk Meral, the Founder President of ATF, expressed his delight in hosting the event in such a significant location.

Meral emphasized the importance of developing tourism in Africa. He stated that Egypt was chosen for its crucial role as a gateway to Africa and its prominent tourist destinations.

A huge crowd of audience following the forum

Meral noted that the forum aims to discuss and address the needs of Africa’s tourism industry. He believes this collaboration can unite Africa, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world in a new era of tourism.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, also spoke at the event. He highlighted Egypt’s achievements in tourism, including record tourist numbers in 2023.

Ahmed Issa speaking at the opening of ATF 2024
Ahmed Issa

Issa praised the efforts of Egypt’s government in improving infrastructure and security. He believes the forum will help unlock the tourism potential of both Egypt and Africa.

General Yasser Abbas, Vice President of GAFI (General Authority for Investment and Free Zones), discussed the investment opportunities in Egypt’s tourism sector. He emphasized the importance of creating a welcoming environment for international tourists and investors.

General Yasser Abbas speaking at Africa Tourism Forum
General Yasser Abbas

Abbas expressed confidence in Africa’s potential to become a leading global tourism destination. He invited participants to invest in Africa’s tourism future.

General Dr. Khaled Fouda Siddiq, Governor of South Sinai, highlighted the significance of the forum for Africa. He noted the historical success of Sharm El-Sheikh as a top tourist destination.

General Dr. Khaled Fouda Siddiq speaking at ATF 2024
General Dr. Khaled Fouda Siddiq

Siddiq emphasized the need for cooperation among African countries. He is hopeful that the forum will achieve positive outcomes for the tourism industry.

The Africa Tourism Forum marks the beginning of an exciting journey for Africa’s tourism sector. The event aims to foster partnerships and innovative solutions to boost tourism across the continent.

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