World Tourism Day 2021

World Tourism Day 2021

World Tourism Day 2021: Tourism for Inclusive Growth

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Provisional Programme

Cote d´Ivoire (26 September 2021) (GMT)


Welcome evening reception

Cote d´Ivoire (27 September 2021) (GMT)

10:00 – 10:45


  • Musical show
  • UNWTO launch of WTD Video: Tourism and Inclusive recovery

Master of Ceremony (TBC, Ivorian speaker)

Welcome remarks:

  • Mr. Jean-Marc YACE, Mayor of Cocody
  • H.E.Mr. Siandou FOFANA, Minister of Tourism and Leisure of Cote d´Ivoire followed by a video of Côte d’Ivoire
  • H.E.Mr. Zurab POLOLIKASHVILI, UNWTO Secretary General
  • H.E.Mr Patrick ACHI, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire

Group photo

10:45 - 11:00

Visit of the exhibition hall with country booths followed by Press Point (Coffee break)

11:00 – 11:10

Keynote address - Salle des Fêtes

Mr. Gustave DIASSO, Resident Representive, UEMOA (TBC)

11 :10 – 12 :10

1Ministerial Panel Discussion on "Tourism for inclusive growth" - Salle des Fêtes

Moderator: Elcia Grandcourt, UNWTO Regional Director for Africa


  • H.E.Mr. Siandou Fofana, Minister of Tourism and Leisure of Côte d’Ivoire
  • H.E.Mr. Modero Nsimba Matondo, Minister of tourism of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal , Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana
  • H.E.Mrs. María Reyes Maroto Illera, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Athif, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism of Maldives
12:10 – 13:10

Expert Panel discussion:  “How can tourism live up to the inclusive growth opportunity?” - Salle des Fêtes

Moderator: Channels TV

  • Mr Donald AKA, Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Azalai Hotel - Confirmed
  • Mrs. Antonia Sodonon, Country representative, UN Women- Confirmed
  • Mr. Kwakye Donkor, CEO, Africa Tourism Partners - Confirmed
  • Mr. Mark Kaigwa, founder of 254- Confirmed
  • Local Expert – TBC from Côte d’Ivoire
13:10 – 14:30

WTD Lunch (UNWTO videos playing in loop and WTD Video) – Ancienne patinoire

14:30 – 15:00

2The Future of Africa Speaks – TBC - Salle des Fêtes

  • Tourism and innovation towards inclusive recovery

Award Start up competition

15:00 – 16:30

B to B meetings for pre-registered project leaders and investors (22nd floor, Tower)

15 :00 – 16 :00

UNWTO Affiliate Membership and tourism private sector development in Africa - Salle des Fêtes


Gala dinner offered by Côte d’Ivoire – Palais des Congrès (at Sofitel)

1 Introduction video before the session (testimonies + CNN restart tourism + alula framework)
2 Introduction video before the session (testimonies + CNN restart tourism + alula framework)

Cote d´Ivoire (28 September 2021) (GMT)


Visit of the lagoon followed by an Ivorian gastronomic and cultural brunch

Culinary and artistic discovery
Prize presentation for the various competitions
Organization of games
Live orchestra


Departure of the delegations

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