The National Tourism Board has met in its 16th session on the 13th July 2017 with the so-called Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang presiding over the meeting. Deliberations for the day unfolded under the theme, “The security and protection of the tourists; making Cameroon a preferred tourist destination.”
The forum was summoned at a time when the tourism locality of Waza in the Far North Region was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists leaving 15 people dead and 43 others injured. Following such an attack, the stakeholders agreed that the security of tourists visiting the country is of prime importance and resources must be allocated to guarantee their safety.
For his part, Tourism and Leisure Minister, Bello Bouba Maigari, reiterated the need to ensure that tourists can be safe and enjoy their stay in Cameroon. To buttress the board’s voice, public authorities were encouraged to ease visa procedures and also build basic infrastructure for tourists.
Private operators were not left out of the picture as they were also cautioned to ensure that the food and drinks the tourists consume were of national and international standards. The training of staff on how to treat tourists was another point highlighted. At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Philemon Yang appealed to all in the sector to work hand-in-gloves towards the emergence of a better tourism industry in Cameroon.