TV show ‘You and I with Monalisa’ partners Goge Africa to promote tourism in West Africa

The multiple award-winning show on DSTV, You and I with Monalisa is currently partnering with Goje Africa and others to revamp and revitalise tourism in West Africa.

Tagged: Destination West Africa Project, initiative is to encourage Africans to travel within Africa.

Nollywood star and TV talk show host, Monalisa Chinda-Coker disclosed that they will be visiting tourist attractions to shine the light on destinations with the aim of promoting trade, culture and business.

“Also, we will be exploring further opportunities in West African and Nigerian tourisms.

“We also look forward to sharing the beauty of our common heritage, cultural similarities among others.

“Most importantly, we look forward to engaging the youths in these areas to further consolidate on the gains and importance of tourism.

“And since I have a platform and a huge following, we intend to bring these places to the front burner in the scheme of global markets and visitations.

“Also, as the host of You and I with Monalisa, the pan African TV talk show since 2015, our sixth season focuses primarily on tourism and its huge potentials especially on the African continent.”

 The organisers also gave more insight in the detailed statement as: “Intra Africa travel and tourism has had its challenges bordering from lack of awareness of its destinations, to barriers that impede air travel. This has further been exacerbated in a post pandemic era.

“Having identified the gaps in domesticating Intra-Africa tourism, Goge Africa and its partners have come together to launch the *Destination West Africa project*.

“This project is to encourage Africans to travel Africa but the campaign kicks off with the West coast of Africa.”

 The organisers also stated that “the first leg will see them touring four West African countries namely Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast starting from Nigeria.

 “While the second leg, will take them to Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Conakry, respectively.

 “As travel and tourism rebounds, the organizers are advocating for the lowering of barriers and cost of intra- Africa travel especially on the west coast to enable tourists explore the gems it has to offer rather than making Dubai, America or Europe their first choice as what comes to mind of a tourist is affordability and accessibility not forgetting the visa-free opportunity that the ECOWAS sub region provides for West African travellers.

 “Interestingly, the laudable project will see the organizers engage with government, policy makers, tourism boards and stakeholders in host countries, to further expand the frontiers of tourism in Nigeria.

 “The team will visit tourist attractions to shine the light on destinations with the aim to promote trade and economic activities within the region.

“Tourism, culture and business opportunities in West Africa will be hugely explored.

“The project will also attract Nigerian travelling population to visit West African countries.

“Draw the attention of world travellers to West Africa.

“Share the beauty of our common heritage, cultural similarities and diversity with one another and the global community.”

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