MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –SOMTEXT2020 Conference designed to focus on putting tourism industry back on track and creating prospective opportunities for youth continued for the second day in Mogadishu.
Organized by ExpoSomali, the meeting discusses ways of reviving the tourism industry which had once been a booming public sector in Somalia halcyon days between the 1970s and 1980s during the reign of Siad Barre.
Despite challenges and precarious security, government authorities and SOMTEX want to put the tourism industry back on track. Somalia has many glitzy tourism sites and suits to be toured around, however, one question remains to be answered: where would tourists tour around?
Large swathes of the country are still in the hands of Al-Shabaab and the parts of the country under the control of the government and its allied de facto authorities are significantly hurt by frequent attacks, serving as a testament opposing prospects for the tourism industry to be revived.
Nour Hassan Duale, the CEO of ExpoSomali speaking at the dais during the SOMTEXT2020 meeting was quoted as saying: “We stand day and night to restore the prestige and beauty of our country, and to show the world the other side of our beautiful country. During this event, two books will be displayed, which are Easy Travel and Tourism Guide.”
The minister of information, Mohamed Hayir Mareye also providing remarks before the guests said: “it is time to show the world that Somalia has beautiful places for tourists to see.”
Apart from the sound suggestions, fervent rhetoric of politicians and the vibrant, ostentatious footage displayed at the event keynote speakers put aside the most worrisome aspect of the process aimed to kick off the revitalization of Somalia’s tourism industry hollowed by the conflict and unraveling which its horrendous misery still lingers in the minds of the Somali society.
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