Tourism Industry Should Respect Local Specificities- Minister
Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad called, on Wednesday in Rabat, for developing a tourism industry that is respectful of "local specificities" and environmental charters.
Haddad made the call at the opening of the 2015 Atlantic Initiative for Tourism co-held by Morocco’s tourism ministry in partnership with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.
In this respect, Haddad stressed the need for preserving fragile eco-systems and biodiversity and implementing tourism projects in rural areas that aim at promoting responsible tourism respectful of local culture and sustainable development.
He also deemed it necessary to curb real-estate lobbies that use tourism as a pretext to monopolize the Atlantic coastline.
The Moroccan Minister also elaborated on the concept of "cultural tourism" citing, in this regard, the example of the Moroccan explorer Estevanico who travelled throughout North America in the 16th Century.
On this occasion, Haddad called for making the Atlantic a space for tourism, trade and intercultural communication through increasing maritime and air links between the different shores of the Ocean.
The conference was held on the theme: "Tourism as a vehicle for closer relations between the peoples and civilizations on both shores of the Atlantic Ocean." It brought together tourism professionals as well as 20 ministers and senior officials from 45 Atlantic countries.
MAP 11 March 2015