Batoufam named among top 20 world fair, responsible tourist destinations

By Morine Tanyi in Yaounde

The Eco-touristic and Solidary Complex of the Kingdom of Batoufam, CESRB, a village located in the Koung-Khi Division of the West region has been named among the twenty world best fair and responsible tourist destinations.

The tourist attraction was recognised recently by the International Social Tourism Organisation.

It is within the framework of the organisation’s programme on the publication of a reference booklet on the twenty best world practices in fair tourism.

The booklet is titled: “Tourism as a development tool, 20 examples of responsible and fair tourism around the world”.

After the recognition, the Batoufam Tourism and Leisure Association in a release issued January 30, 2020 stated that the tourist attraction was honoured during the International Forum on Fair Tourism that held from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Ouarzazat, Morocco.

Justifying why Batoufam was recognised, the release further indicated it was after a project on the Batoufam Eco-touristic Complex was forwarded to the International Social Tourism Organisation, OITS in February 2019.

His Majesty Inocent Nayang Toukam, Batoufam King, President of the Batoufam Tourism and Leisure Association BTL is said to be the brain behind the project.

The release went on to indicate that His Majesty Inocent Nayang Toukam, Batoufam King, benefited from the expertise of Thierry Njomgang, Technical Adviser of BTL and International Consultant in Tourism in collaboration with Paule-Clisthène Dassi, BTL Secretary General.

The people of Batoufam, Cameroonians in general and foreign travellers are currently benefiting from the project which gained international recognition.

The publication of the reference booklet, according to a statement from the International Social Tourism Organisation, aims at showcasing how tourism can contribute in building up a more durable society if only basic principles are respected to the fullest.

It should be recalled that the Eco-touristic and Solidary Complex of the Kingdom of Batoufam was launched since 2010 with the objective to valorise and promote the culture and traditions of the people of Batoufam.

It should be said that in a bid to boost the tourism sector, government at the end of the 20th session of the National Tourism Board, emphasised on the need to urgently create a National Tourism Centre.

This centre, experts say, is intended to foster Cameroon’s image within and without.