Andorra To Host 9th World Congress On Snow And Mountain Tourism
Even as Nigeria fails to maximally explore the opportunities of the Mountain tourism that nature throws at her; other countries of the world are set to have discussions on the challenges and opportunities in snow and mountain tourism as well as evaluating new business models and the need to incorporate innovative and sustainable practices.
Salient issues and important factors on how to further develop the Mountain Tourism will be discussed by more than thirty experts from Europe, the Americans and Asia at the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism.
The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Andorra, will take place in Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, on 2-4 March. Andorra, a leading mountain destination, represents an ideal setting to address these topics, particularly the possibilities to combine sport and adventure.
According to UNWTO Secretary –General, Taleb Rifai at the presentation of the Congress held at the Headquarters of the Organization, “Snow and mountain tourism constitutes an added value to destinations and an opportunity for the development of local communities; nevertheless, we should never forget the importance of promoting the sustainable management of the natural resources considering that this type of tourism takes place in direct contact with nature”
Rifai in statement says the current importance of snow and mountain tourism makes this Congress more relevant than ever. This joint initiative was launched two decades ago as a common working platform between UNWTO and the Principality of Andorra.
This 9th edition of the World Congress, on the theme “Mountainlikers, Sport and Adventure: A Promising Combination”, will provide an opportunity for both the public and the private sectors to share experiences and examples of innovative tools that can drive the management and promotion of mountain destinations.
Andorra is in the European continent and the latitude and longitude for the country are 42.31° N and 01.32° E. The neighboring countries of Andorra are France and Spain. Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andora with a population of 85,458 (2014 Est.)
The irony is that while other countries of the world are already thinking of maximizing the potentials of Mountain Tourism, Nigeria, which is blessed with many natural and human resources, is yet to explore the goldmine.