Ministers and senior officials from African countries have been meeting in Nairobi to discuss the development of tourism.
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SHAKO: "The 1971 world travel statistics show that there were 181 million tourist arrivals, and of this Africa obtained a more 2.6 million arrivals. The represents about 1 1/2 per cent of the total world receipts. This is obviously a very small percentage, for which none of us on the continent should be content. The history of our tourist trade in Kenya indicates that a very small percentage of visitors to this country are from African countries. Excluding the visitors from Uganda and Tanzania with whom Kenya is very closely linked, we had only 13,000 visitors from the other African countries in 1971 as opposed to approximately 400,000 visitors from other countries in the same year."
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Background: 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.