Salif Badiane gives listeners an overview of developing West Africa as a global tourism destination in this insightful discussion covering:
- Intra-Regional Tourism & ECOWAS Cooperation
- Tourism Policy & Infrastructure Development
- Peace & Political Stability in West Africa
- Plus reflections on the recent election of Senegal’s new President, H.E. Macky Sall, & the current political unrest in Mali
Mr. Salif Badiane, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of WATR, has dedicated his career to the sustainable development of tourism in West Africa, particularly Senegal. Fifteen years ago, he founded Africa Connection Tours (ACT), a leading tour agency based in Dakar. Under his leadership as CEO, ACT has grown to employ a staff of 18 full-time employees, who guide clients in English, French, German, Italian, and Wolof. Salif is active in the tourism community in Senegal, where he serves as the Chapter President of the Africa Travel Association. He has provided expert commentary on West Africa tourism for a number of international news outlets, most recently on the BBC. He holds a Master’s in Tourism from the Italian Universities of Perugia (Naples and Turin) and a postgraduate Diploma in Tourism from the International Tourism Studies Center of Turin. Salif is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, and Wolof.
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