The tiny country of Djibouti has been dubbed one of the world’s least visited nations – but now it wants to change that status by exhibiting at WTM London– the event where Ideas Arrive. Djibouti will also exhibit at WTM Africa 2019 and showcase their national treasures for the first time at Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel exhibition.
Last year it celebrated the 40th anniversary of its independence from
It is estimated that the country, bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia
However, its location also means it hosts several foreign military bases, and the British Foreign Office advises against all travel to the border with Eritrea.
Swimming with whale sharks is one of the highlights for tourists, while other activities include scuba diving, fishing, hiking
International airlines which serve Djibouti include Air France, Turkish Airlines and Kenya Airways, while the capital Djibouti City has hotels from chains such as Sheraton and Kempinksi.
Below Image: African Nation of Djibouti
A spokesperson from the National Tourism Office of Djibouti said: “We are very happy to exhibiting for the first time in WTM London 2018 because it is the leading global event for the travel industry. It is a great opportunity for us.”
The spokesperson highlighted how travel publisher Lonely Planet had rated Djibouti fourth in its rankings of the top ten countries to visit in 2018, thanks to its dramatic landscapes and
“Djibouti is what it always was, a trading post where different cultures and empires collide,” the spokesperson continued.
“A heady mix of African, Arabic and French influences give Djibouti City an exotic atmosphere and vibe.
“Djibouti might be small in terms of country size but everything about it is huge.”
WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “We’re delighted to welcome another debutant to WTM London this year. It’s great that the Djibouti government is looking to tourism as one of the key sectors to boost its economy.
Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio General Manager – Travel, Tourism & Sports at Reed Exhibitions, commented that tourism plays a vital role in boosting the economy globally and by welcoming Djibouti to the WTM Portfolio shows that exhibitions provide a dynamic platform for countries to connect with the world and ultimately facilitate business.
“WTM will help Djibouti with its aims, and ensure plenty of networking and business deals are facilitated during the event. WTM London now hosts 187 countries and regions and will facilitate more than £3 billion in industry deals
“Ideas Arrive at WTM London and we could soon see Djibouti as part of many tour operators’ programme.”
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