The African country’s president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, was also made an honorary member of European Academy of Tourism, ECCT’s academic, training and research arm.
Guelleh commented, “This award is proof that Djibouti has chosen the right path by making tourism a pillar of development.
“Djibouti has opted for niche tourism, tourism which unites individuals, cultures and civilisations. It is a tourism which plays an important role in cultural dialogue and in peaceful coexistence. It is a tourism which balances our development objectives with a requisite protection of our social, cultural and environmental heritage.”
Vision Djibouti 2035, the country’s long-term strategy, holds tourism as one of the key sectors for economic diversification. The plan has set the country a target of multiplying its number of visiting tourists by 10 within the next 10 years by playing to Djibouti’s unique strengths.
These include an array of geological treasures including salt lakes and extinct volcanoes. Djibouti also offers visitors outdoor activity choices, such as hiking, kite surfing, and diving where whale sharks can be spotted within the Gulf of Tadjourah.