In collaboration with HEPH-Condorcet (Belgium) and within the framework of the development of partnerships with the European academic networks GIS InREnT, Lab-network ULYSSE, CENTRALITY OF TERRITORIES and ESTHUA, The Agency of Tourism Application (ATA) of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (FASHS) of the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), is organizing from 27 to 29 January 2021 an international multidisciplinary symposium "Tourism, Environment, Society and Sustainable Development".
Background and issues
Since the process of democratization of the regime, and like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Benin has relied on tourism to participate in the country's development. During the 1990s, although international tourist flows doubled, the sector's activity remained minor due to the lack of a real promotional strategy, professionalism, computer equipment and training in the hotel and tourism sectors (Principaud, 2004). The recent strategic plan for tourism development (2017-2027), the creation of higher-level training in the fields of tourism and hotels and the new sustainability options adopted by the Government suggest the development of better quality tourism based on the enhancement of the undeniable assets of the territory (original history and culture, landscapes, crafts, gastronomy, etc.) and a much better mastery of this sector by the indigenous people. It is in this context that the idea was born of the joint organisation of an international multidisciplinary symposium on "Tourism, Environment, Society and Sustainable Development" between the University of Abomey-Calavi and the Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet (Belgium). However, given the highly competitive environment of African destinations (Senegal, Kenya, South Africa...), tourism can only develop under certain conditions, such as the search for sustainable solutions to the economic, environmental and societal problems of tropical West Africa. Thus, based on the cross-cutting theme of tourism, the symposium explores various disciplines such as agronomy, social and economic sciences, human and physical geography, the potential of the environment and North-South and South-North dialogues, the use of digital technologies and training in sustainable development. The results of this colloquium will constitute a tool for decision-making and the drafting of public policies in line with UN SD goals.