THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATES CAMBODIA`S CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS

THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATES CAMBODIA`S CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS

The worldwide community of museums is to celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2018.

In order to better mark this international day, the global tourism and cultural institution: European Council on Tourism and Trade decided to award the title of World`s Favorite Museum to The National Museum of Cambodia.

The presence of PHNOM PENH based NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA to top the list of the most wanted museums in the world is a confirmation of the status of the kingdom as a top-notch cultural destination in the world.

It is also a vindication of the country incredible cultural heritage and legacy stretching for more than two millenniums.

Cambodia succeeds one more time to shine on world cultural stage as the National Museum based in Phnom Penh gets on the list of World`s Favorite Museums.

 

National Museum of Cambodia is named for the second year as World`s Favourite Museum.

 

With over 1 million visitors per year and over 14.000 objects and artifacts, the museum takes a leading role in the world of culture and has received a host of world dignitaries in the last years when the Museum has become a symbol of Cambodia’s recent renaissance and a tourism center after the country was named WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 

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The history of the National Museum of Cambodia goes back to the early 20th century.

 It was inaugurated on 13 April 1920, under the patronage of King Sisowath and is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Khmer cultural artifacts including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.

 

King Sisowath statue adorns the center of Phnom Penh.

He was the creator of National Museum of Cambodia.

  The Museum promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of Cambodia‘s heritage through the presentation, conservation, safekeeping, interpretation and acquisition of Cambodian cultural material.

 

It aims to educate and inspire its visitors with a humongous collection of huge Buddhas, Vishnu`s, and Shiva’s, cryptic and poetic inscription fragments, intimidating weaponry, and elegant vases.

The museum carries a remarkably thorough vision of Cambodia’s art, from the pre-history to the post-Angkor periods.

 

Angkor period statues: the main highlight of the National Museum of Cambodia.

 

Not only the large art collections or the valuable patrimony had made the museum to top the list of world`s museums, but also the educational trail offered to visitors was taken into consideration as is offering the opportunity to delve into history, to be affordable and effortless and helping visitors to understand, contemplate and relax at the same time.

The Kingdom of Cambodia is hosting a plethora of significant museums like: SIEM REAP based Angkor National Museum, the incredible SAMBOR PREI KUKarchaeological site and the more recent addition to the cultural landscape of the Kingdom: PREY NOKOR KNUNG, a generous religious and historical  cultural center dedicated to SDECH KHAN, one of the most famous rulers of Cambodia.

The renaissance of Cambodia`s cultural patrimony is result of a luminary policy enacted by the government of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom who realized that the country can only be rebuilt based on the wealth of culture and historic greatness.

 

On May 20, 2018, on the function of INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade,  Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will present the global role and significance of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA and will officially recognized the cultural establishment as a WORLD`S FAVORITE MUSEUM for his priceless artifacts and outstanding contribution to the human civilization understanding.

In 2016 and 2017 the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF  CAMBODIA received the visits of ASEAN delegates, European Union delegates, who praised the outstanding humanity’s legacy of  Kingdom of Cambodia and of the European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates led by President Anton Caragea.

 

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 2016 Visit to NATIONAL MUSEUM OF  CAMBODIA

2017 Visit to NATIONAL MUSEUM OF  CAMBODIA

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More information about INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY can be accessed here:

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries.

2015 – WORLD FAVORITE MUSEUM LIST

WORLD`S TOP MUSEUMS LIST

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ACROSS EUROPE CELEBRATION START TO MARK SAINTS EPICTETUS-PRESBYTER AND ASTION-HOLY MONK

ACROSS EUROPE CELEBRATION START TO MARK SAINTS EPICTETUS-PRESBYTER AND ASTION-HOLY MONK

2018/2019 will be a year dedicated to the celebration of the Christian heritage of the Europe and also of the unity of the continent and will also mark the Latin continuity and the two millennia of Christian life on Dobruja and Balkans and Asia Minor (today`s Turkey) by presenting  the sacred heritage of Holy Martyrs Epictetus and Astion, has decided the Academic Council of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT).

Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion are perfectly representing the values of today Europe as their life and sacrifice is creating a pilgrimage of faith that is uniting Turkey with Balkans and  Eastern Europe.

During their life and priesthood they spread the Christian light from Asia Minor (nowadays Turkey) through Balkans and obtained their crown of immortality in today Romania-Dubruja/Dobrogea. 

 

By their life work and sacrifice they united Asia and Europe , East and West.

 

They also united Orthodox Christian and Catholic Church as they are celebrated in both rites and are speaking about the unity of Christianity in the world of today, they are the bridge that can and will unite the two Christian Churches.

They are also a perfect example of sacrifice and life offered in the service of Our Savior Jesus Christ, has highlighted their significance Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – ECTT President.

Europe of our days needs to be remembered his Latin/Roman and Christian roots and we must not overlook that we are the beneficiaries of two millennia of Christian legacy this are fundamental dates of the historical evolution of European culture.

Murighiol Cathedral dedicated to Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion.

The center of European Cultural Pilgrimage Year 2018/2019.

 

In this perspective, the  Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion role is a fundamental one as we are speaking of the oldest historically proven martyrs of the Church on the territory of Eastern Europe, they are not only teaching us on the uninterrupted continuity of civilization on the banks of Danube, but also are offering us a lesson on the love for Christ of our people, even more resounding as we are having here saints registered in the Catholic and Orthodox pantheon  so truly universal saints testifying for the Holy Church in his wholeness, saints that are making Europe proud of her  legacy, concluded the historical presentation of the moment President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The Halmyris-Murighiol fortification today. A central point of the map of cultural and historical treasures of Dobrogea (Dobruja).

 

The focal point of the celebrations for 2018/2019 THE YEAR OF SAINTS MARTYRS EPICTETUS AND ASTION will take place on July 8, 2018 and on July 8, 2019 (dates marking the beginning and the end of the celebrations) on Murighiol (former roman city of Halmyris) in the cathedral of Saints Epictetus and Astion with a special mass taking place in the honor of the holy martyrs of Christian faith and of European Christian legacy and heritage: Saints EPICTETUS and ASTION.

 

The celebrations will be lead by European cultural, religious and political personalities and by representatives of all Christian faith denominations leaders and will also have European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in attendance.

 

The proposal for an European wide celebration of  Saints EPICTETUS and ASTION was made by Romania and unanimously approved by European Council on Tourism and Trade as an European Cultural Pilgrimage Program dedicated to highlight the cultural richness and potential of heritage to unite peoples and traditions.

 

 

The excavated ruins of the Roman Cathedral built on VIII century on the spot where Saints Epictetus and Astion  suffered martyrdom for their faith in Jesus Christ in  290 after Chr.

ON SAINTS MARTYRS EPICTETUS AND ASTION.

It is the celebration of the oldest holy martyrs known as the territory of Dobrogea, Epictetus and Astion, the Orthodox Church commemorates on 8 July.

Description of life and their passion was kept in the Acts of the Martyrs with large details.

They are known as saints Halmyris, the ancient Christian city located on the banks of the Danube that was called in ancient times “Almyra”. They suffered a martyr’s death during fierce persecution against the Christian church triggered by Emperor Diocletian (244-311) on 8 July 290. Surely they are the martyrs old Dobrogea certified undoubtedly springs hagiographic.

The terrible proof of martyrdom: the beheaded sacred bodies of the saints discovered after an 1700 years hiatus. 

Life and their passion has being given large coverage in the Acts of the Martyrs, and their holy martyr act were kept only in a later century copy. XV, located in the Church of the Saviour in Utrecht and was published in 1615 by Jesuit scholar Herbert Rosweyde († 1629).

In 1921, Benedictine Dom Germain Morin discovered in remembrance of martyrology Ieronimian St. Epictetus and Astion on May 23 in “The S.S. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monachu martyribus Almiridensibus in Scythia “, confirming the veracity of statements he Acta Sanctorum, edited by H. Rosweyde, mentioned above.

 

Acta Sanctorum took passages from a study of its impact on the two saints and martyrs renowned researcher and historian Netzhammer Raymund (1862-1945), Catholic archbishop arrived in Bucharest and left posterity work Epiktet und Astion, diokletianische Martyrer I Danaudelta, Zug. 1937.

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS.

 

Saints Epictetus and Astion from Halmyris.

 

Saint Epictetus, priest, and Saint Astion, originals from Asia Minor, were martyrs for Christ in the 3rd century in Scytia Minor (the today Romanian region Dobruja-Dobrogea, situated between Danube and the Black Sea).

They were originally from Little Asia.

Information about their lives is known only from a copy of a 15th century manuscript kept in the archive of the Savior Church in Utrecht, published in 1615 by the Jesuit monk Herbert Rosweyde, the initiator of the hagiographic collections Acta Sanctorum, under the title “SS. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monacho, martirybus Almiridiensibus in Scythia “.

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WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS HOSTED BY DJIBOUTI. THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS HOSTED BY DJIBOUTI. THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

In a strikingly rich and impressive paraphernalia, displaying for the benefit of the world the incredibly diverse cultural landscape of the country, Djibouti has welcomed the who`s who of international culture and tourism on the felicitous occasion of the country being named WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

       Djibouti played host for a week (16 to 22 April 2018) to global tourism celebrations marking the inscription of the capital city on the list of WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

Attending the ceremonies was a high ranking delegation of global tourism institutions European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academylead by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

President of The Republic of Djibouti: Academician ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH in the center of global tourism institutions delegates presenting DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

The world tourism delegates where welcomed with a colorful ceremony on the Djibouti Airport tarmac and received lush flowers bouquets in a sign of peaceful arrival.

On April 18, 2018, a working session with representatives of Presidency of Djibouti chaired by Secretary General Mohamed Abdillahi Wais, Ministry of Economy (with tourism as mandate), Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and with the delegates of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy chaired by President Dr. Anton Caragea has taken place.

During the day a series of dialogues where held between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation-Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Culture, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Moumin Hassan Barreh, Ministry of Tourism and The President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mr.Mohamed Ali Houmed.

 

                        

The main event of the week of celebrations was the official inscription of DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in a powerful, music and rhythm driven ceremony destined to showcase the cultural endowment of people of Djibouti.

 

On display where ceremonial weaponry, costumes, dances, ceremonies of Issas, Afars, Yemenis constituting the matrix of today`s Djibouti.

Actors, poets, dancers and musicians from far and wide contributed to a glittering performance and crafted a vivid portrait of a young and yet cultured nation.

Congratulatory remarks were addressed for the delegates attending DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM festivities by Ministers of culture and Islamic Foundations, Ministry of Tourism and a presentation of the country new tourism strategy was unveiled for the benefit of those present.

 

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More about President of Djibouti agenda for development can be accessed here:

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The core of the festivity came at the moment of announcing H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh as the new ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY with a powerful presentation speech by Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Academy Director.

 

Hand in hand for African tourism future: President of Djibouti-Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh and President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took to the rostrum to announce officially that from April 19, 2018, DJIBOUTI is THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of a splendid array of natural and historical monuments encapsulated in a rapidly developing country and powered by a dynamic people.

H.E. Ismail Omar Gulleh, The President of Djibouti come to the fore to a rapturous welcome by his people and was surrounded with huge manifestations of love and respect and ululations of admiration for his crowning as a new ACADEMICIAN and for the country assuming the new mantle as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

In a prominent and poignant allocution President Omar Gulleh, now Academician Ismail Omar Gulleh charted the new directions for his country and promised to further endeavor to make Djibouti recognized and to etch the name of his nation on the global stage.

Djibouti as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM has become a center of beaming culture, a beacon of development on the banks of the Red Sea and a tourism center for the Horn of Africa showing to all the region that another destiny free from fear and poverty is possible.

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea and President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh announcing to the world: DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

Global tourism delegates lead by President Dr. Anton Caragea had immersed afterwards in a discovery trip among the natural beauties and man-made carved civilizations of Djibouti.

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More information on Djibouti tourism potential and strategy can be extracted from these sources:

DJIBOUTI: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

SIX ARGUMENTS THAT BODE WELL FOR DJIBOUTI`S TOURISM FUTURE

WHAT YOU DIDN`T KNOW ABOUT DJIBOUTI

AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE

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The trip encompassed discovery of the Gulf of Tadjoura with the island of Moucha at his heart, old center of slaves and coffee trade and a symbolic place for the birth of Djibouti in the XIX century.

 

The fabled city of Tadjoura, the center of commerce of hides, oysters, coffee and ivory, rich and powerful dominating the south of Red Sea and portrayed as the white city or the city of seven mosques was a main point of interest.

The astonishing collection of natural monuments spanning from The Great African rift to Bab el Mandeb, to the volcano of  Ardoukôba, the impressive Goubet Al Kharab, the island of Devil and the gates of Inferno where all magnificent sights to see.

The opportunities for leisure tourism, balmy sun and sea tourism wherein length explained during the visit to the incredible Sable blanc-White sands.

Finally a visit to the lowest place on the African continent: Lake Assal put the delegates in awe of the country tourism potential.

 Concluding the visit to Djibouti-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM President Dr. Anton Caragearemarked that: Djibouti is this unique spot:  a place of magic!

 

The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.

May Djibouti succeed in tourism on the level of his potential.

ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH DISCOURSE FOR DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH DISCOURSE FOR DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

On the occasion of the proclamation of Djibouti as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has took the rostrum to announce the country new tourism strategy, to proclaim tourism as a pillar of the national economic development and to express his gratitude to President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his support in the inscribing Djibouti cultural and natural patrimony on the list of  WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. This is  a recognition that will endure for ages for the benefit of all people of Djibouti remarked the President.

 

 

WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

DJIBOUTI

 

OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF

H.E. ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH 

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI

It is with great joy and pride that I welcome this high distinction.

Through me, it is Djibouti and its population that you justly honor.

Therefore, first of all, Mr. President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, on behalf of the people of Djibouti, I thank you personally as well as the academy that you are leading for this mark of trust and esteem that you show us.

This distinction, Mr. President, as meritorious as it may be, we take it neither as a consecration nor as a reward.

But as an encouragement.

An encouragement to persevere on the path that we have traced in the development of tourism.

It is always rewarding to be supported in its efforts, especially by an institution like yours that has always defended a vision of tourism and culture centered on the human.

Ladies and gentlemen,

There are different ways to define and perceive Djibouti and its people.

 

Some speak of us as a pebble in the middle of the desert.

Others, no doubt nostalgic of a colonial era yet gone, we reduce to a sign on which is written “Territory of the Afars and Issas”.

The most innovative ones identify us with a geostrategic basis for the military powers.

But fortunately for us, ladies and gentlemen, there are still many people around the world who do not reduce us to these anachronistic clichés and labels.

For us and for all those citizens of the world who have had the opportunity to stay in our country, Djibouti, it is this land of meetings and exchanges at the confluence of all roads: maritime, land and air.

For us and for all these citizens of the world, Djibouti is a story and even a prehistory that geology, geography and archeology keep telling through times and ages.

Those who marveled at the pristine beauty of the Lac Abbé, those who accompanied a caravan on the salt shores of Lake Assal, those are having the feeling of what is Djibouti.

It is probably because they felt the magic of a captivating space that Tazief and Rimbaud spoke in their time of “a book of open geology” and “a lunar landscape”.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

We are therefore looking forward today to this international recognition of our country as “World Capital of Culture and Tourism”.

Our country contains sites that are well worth detours.

I mentioned Lake Assal and Lac Abbé earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric frescoes of Abourma or the primary Foret du Day.

I could also mention the extraordinary biodiversity of our flora and fauna which includes endemic species such as Djibouti Francolin or Beira gazelle.

I could also mention the extraordinary cultural richness of our communities.

These nomads rooted in their territories.

But also these citizens who are the fruits of a historic melting pot, and which makes Djibouti a haven of tolerance and living together.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

In our development strategy for our country, we are very aware to the benefits of tourism, its impact on growth, and its role in the fight against poverty.

In a decade and thanks to all the efforts made to increase its attractiveness, our country has more than quadrupled the proportion of tourists.

Naturally, the Government is encouraging this job-creating dynamic for our youth and generating foreign currency for our economy.

So much so that we have not hesitated to build the tourism industry as one of the economic pillars of the 2035 vision.

In the frenzied global competition that drives the tourism sector, we want to remain lucid to avoid falling into certain pitfalls.

We do not want to sacrifice to mass-tourism territories and ecosystems that we know as fragile.

We do not want to build this still burgeoning sector on an economic model that plunders and torpedoes the ecological balance of territories and populations.

Faced with the short-term and consumerist promises of a tourism industry that often degrades, pollutes and destroys, we want to get out of the Manichean trap of all-tourism or its opposite, for a responsible solution that integrates the tourism industry into a development plan sustainable.

Djibouti has chosen a niche tourism that connects individuals, cultures and

civilizations.

The choice of a tourism that has an important role to play in the dialogue of cultures and in living together.

The choice of balance between our development objectives and the indispensable protection of our social, cultural and environmental heritage.

It is a difficult choice whose dividends, although promising, are still meager.

But a choice that my country assumes for the sake of fairness and justice for future generations of our country.

Thank you for your attention!

 

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, HENRY DE MONFREID AND HAROUN TAZIEFF MAKE DJIBOUTI A WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, HENRY DE MONFREID AND HAROUN TAZIEFF MAKE DJIBOUTI A WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM: DJIBOUTI

 

OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF

H.E. PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA

 

PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti

Your Excellency Mr.  Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Republic of Djibouti

Your Excellency, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Djibouti

Esteemed members of Government of Djibouti, members of Parliament of Djibouti, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps

Dear guests,

All protocol observed,

Official ceremony for DJIBOUTI registered as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM(l-r) Mr. Mihai Prundianu (ECTT), President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea(ECTT), President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Academician Mircea Constantinescu (ECTT), Mr. Pavel Avramoiu (ECTT)  

It is today a historic moment for global tourism and for Africa, as we have come here to mark the recognition of DJIBOUTI as a member of WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM list.

Djibouti becomes the first city in Africa to be recognized by the global tourism institutions as a center for tourism, an example for culture and a model for development in XXI century.

Since his inception WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program was build around the decision taken by global tourism institutions: EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY to offer to the world examples of tourism development that are harmonious and are protecting historical potential and natural patrimony and are offering opportunities for growth for all.

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM it is today a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY and universally recognized as an ambitious effort destined to establish a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.

 

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade President.

 

Today there is no other global effort with the magnitude and scope of THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program.

To date this is now a part of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, integral part of Parliamentary Assembly for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals actions and part and parcel of the global efforts destined to eradicate inequalities, ensure growth, develop education and cultural opportunities for all and supporting investment and development and integration policies where there are more needed.

On this note I must salute the exertions of the administration lead by Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti and his commitment to fulfilling the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and for ensuring that DJIBOUTI it is and continues to be a placed for development, creativity, encouragement of free enterprise and initiative and inclusiveness for all who come to this beautiful capital city.

 

H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti hailed as a world leader in development.

I also must express my gratitude to the efficient and wise team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef energetically represented by the Embassy in Paris Ayed Mousseid Yahya they had created the powerful diplomatic and tourism promotion exertions that led to this moment when we crown Djibouti as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

They had proven their dedication to the proud people of Djibouti and their commitment to the policies and vision of H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti.

 

 

We have now to answer the fundamental question: Why is DJIBOUTI consecrated today as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

What are travelers, visitors and mere passersby going to find here?

What is the legacy pertaining to humanity ascribable to the people of Djibouti?

 First of all Djibouti is the most impressive place on the world to watch the creation of the planet earth.

Since the beginning of humanity people where attracted and interested to find the access point, the door that leads to unleashing the secrets of the creation of Earth.

Djibouti undoubtedly holds this key: here geology and nature had created the open air museum of the creation of the world: from unfinished volcanoes around Abbe Lake and the incredible structures of East African Rift visible around Lake Assal.

If you want to understand how our planet was created, is functioning and is evolving after millions of years you have to come to Djibouti: where the world was created.

The famous French geologist Haroun Tazieff, had here, in Djibouti, the honor of discovering the world newest volcano:  Ardoukôba reactivated after a 3.000 years sleep.

Djibouti: land of exception and country of exceptional, the only place where we can witness the geological history of our planet.

Only for this incredible potential of a country that is standing as witness to our planet birth and destiny and by virtue of this alone Djibouti will well deserve the title of world capital.

Djibouti is on equal footing a place of destiny and a receptacle of culture, a unique place that carves destinies like no other.

I will recollect the adventures and poetic influence that Djibouti held over Arthur Rimbaud who decided that all that is having significance in life is to wander between the Red Sea, Tadjourah, Djibouti, Lake Assal in a mystical journey for which he sacrificed family, poetic glory and all his prospects.

 

All of life glory just for a breath of Djibouti air.

It was not the only one: Henry de Monfreid has made his fortune and his literary name on the marvelous rocks of Obock, on the shores of Djibouti.

The spell and sway cam about personalities like: Albert Londres, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Hugo Pratt and many others.

What does have Djibouti so magic, so powerful, so un-equal that attracts to his sandy shores poets, adventurers, painters, novelists and all mans who have a soul and a passion and soles of wind?

It is the magical door to the creation of the Earth?

It the incredible power of the desert?

It is the clarion call of the caravans that are making everybody to want to come to Djibouti, to share this city fame, glory and all-powerful sun?

Djibouti is not only the portal to world creation as Haroun Tazieff was seeing it, nor the mystery place where life is finding his meaning as Rimbaud claim it or simply the only place on the planet to call home as Henry de Monfreid consider it.

 

Djibouti is foremost a world example of cohabitation, of peaceful harmony of peoples and languages, all creating a perfect home, an abode where everybody is building and uniting costumes, traditions and legacies.

Where if not in Djibouti you can see in the same city the rich cultural landscape the beautiful mosque Hamoudi , the crowded markets of Menelik Square or African quarter, churches, coffee, hides and tobacco?

All united in a perfect melting pot that speaks of faith, history, rich traditions and patrimony.

Djibouti it is also all about water in the same proportions as is all about desert.

No wonder Djibouti was placed to stay guard to the Red Sea and Bab El Mandeb as here everything is valued in water: water of the tears of happiness for travelers who reached Djibouti after perilous journeys, of sweat from the caravans coming from far and wide, even the decision of Leonce Lagarde  to build a city on Ras al Djibouti was taken pondering the wealth of water of the region.

The first President of Djibouti, Hassan Gouled Aptidon explain most clearly this unique role of melting pot of culture and costumes of Djibouti at the crossroads of the world.

Djibouti is that unique place, he said, where we met the creeds of the peoples of herds and milk and those of the peoples of grain and grapes.

Here is the place where the traveler can meet, in the same space of time and place, the creations specific to the nomadic civilization and to the urban and settlers way of life.

If the political figure penned such a clear vision of Djibouti as the place of communion of different cultures and garbs and creeds the poet has also a similar vision: Djibouti is not at the shores of the ocean, it is at the fringes of the desert. This is the secret of his sweet magnet: the city is build by the sea but his people are belonging to the desert.

What other place on this planet can boost being the place where man`s of sand and land are living in a city of water and salt.

 

Djibouti is this unique spot:  a place of magic!

The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.

The magic of nature: the all-powerful desert, the lowest place on African continent: Lake Assal, the still creating miracle of earth creation along the shores of Lake Abbe, the place where whales are coming to give the miracle of life and birth.

In a way maybe this is the magic of Djibouti: is the place where always life is finding a way, is recreating and creating for millions of years.

We could highlight the wonders of Tadjoura, the famed city of the seven mosques, the fabled places of Obock, end of the road of coffee and start of the journeys on sea for hundreds of years or the perfect place that Djibouti city is offering for visitors: melting pot, center of cultures, traditions or creeds coming together to build a model, to build a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

All these are world treasures of cultural and historical value and significance that are part of the miracle that is Djibouti: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

We hope and trust that the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM together with the continuous exertions of the government of President Ismail Omar Gulleh will make the city not only the center of tourism, of culture but a place where the future and past are intertwined together.

Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti

It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the highest representative leader of people and tourism of REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI the award and regalia’s for DJIBOUTI – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has publicly signed the official decision naming DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM on April 10, 2018, in the presence of the diplomatic corps accredited to the global tourism institutions: European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy.

 

 

The induction of Djibouti as World Capital of Culture and Tourism will take place on April 19, 2018, on the occasion of the official handover ceremony to be held at Presidential Palace in Djibouti.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President (center image) announces DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM (on the left Acad. Emil Constantinescu-President of Romania).

The Spring 2018 meeting of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has taken place offering new opportunities for global cooperation and tourism development.

The meeting enjoyed the presence of the president of Romania. Academician Emil Constantinescu.

Among the decisions taken during Spring Council Meeting was the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has stated: among the recently inscribed candidates for the world top cultural award Djibouti is standing out as a luminary example.

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu (European Tourism Academy) presented to Cuban Ambassador by ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea. 

In the second line(l-r): Mr. Mihai Prundianu-ECTT Chairman, Mr. Gabriel Rasvan-Presidential Adviser.

 

The country encompasses ten tentative world heritage sites on tentative list ranging from natural treasures and natural protected areas such as: Lake Assal and Lake Abbe, National Park Foret du day to the tumulus of Awellos, cave paintings of Abourma.

The capital city, Djibouti is home to a treasure trove of architectural marvels from the historical Haji Hamoudi Mosque, European Quarter (Malik Square) and African Quarter, Djibouti Cathedral and Ethiopian Church Saint Gabriel of the Sun and the cultural blending space of Les Caisses etc.

Taking under consideration the large array of traditions blending in the country from Issa and Afar cultural heritage to the French inspirations, the incredibly rich and fascinating natural landscape offered for tourists to discover and evaluating the government decisions inscribed in DJIBOUTI VISION 2035 to make tourism a pillar of development we have taken the decision to validate DJIBOUTI candidature for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation.

 

 

Ambassadors from Cuba, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Armenia on European Council on Tourism and Trade ceremony for DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

In the presence of the diplomatic corps and registered members of the Executive Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proceeded to the public signing of the decree to that effect.

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More about WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is accessible here:

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM-official website

AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE

ARGUMENTS FOR DJIBOUTI AS A TOURISM CENTER

DJIBOUTI: NO.5 ECONOMY IN THE WORLD(World Bank)

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European Tourism Academy Director, Academician Mircea Constantinescu presented for the diplomatic corps present for the occasion the LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT that will be addressed to H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh marking his selection as the new Academician member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY.

 

 

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President announces the decision: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is DJIBOUTI.

 

President Ismail Omar Guelleh has succeeded in carving out on Djibouti a space for international peace and security and in making Djibouti a key to African continent peace and security.

Today Djibouti is ensuring security along the Red Sea, is opening African continent to trade and riches and commercial exchanges and has succeeded in making Djibouti in a pole of economic growth.

 

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More about WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT can be observed here:

PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH NAMED WORLD LEADER IN DEVELOPMENT

LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT 

PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA NAMED WORLD LEADER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM

GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTION APPOINTS WORLD LEADERS FOR DEVELOPMENT

PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA RECEIVES THE LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS

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Djibouti has supported the building of Addis Ababa –Djibouti railroad, has constructed Africa`s bigger deepwater seaport, has garnered top-notch investments and rise up on being number five economy in the world in term of annual growth.

These are the achievements of an adroit, powerful and visionary leader that is creating growth where it was only poverty and opportunities where there was only despair and a miracle where it was only desert, outlined the merits of the new academician Professor Mircea Constantinescu.

 

Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000) mentioned that recognizing Djibouti as a world center of culture and tourism and electing President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the highest academic rank are perfect connection supporting Europe and Africa cooperation and future relations.

 

Signing the official decrees for DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and for H.E. President ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH as ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY concluded the ceremonies and then a vin d’honneur was served for diplomats in attendance.

 

Other decisions taken by European Council on Tourism and Trade where: the selection of a new diplomatic partner, the celebration of European Tourism Day on December 1st, 2018 and the closing of World Best Tourist Destination candidature list on May 15th, 2018.

Photo-Album of European Council on Tourism and Trade Spring 2018 Assembly

PRESIDENT PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA CONGRATULATES THE NEW ETHIOPIAN PREMIER DR. ABIY AHMED

President of Global Tourism Institution ECTT, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has sent a congratulatory cable to the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his election to the premiership office.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announcing Ethiopia as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015.

 

The President’s message reads as follows:

 

I want to start by congratulating you on the occasion of  the election as Prime Minister of Federal Republic of Ethiopia and as Chairman of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front and take this opportunity to wish you joy, happiness and successes for all your loved ones and a perfect year for ETHIOPIA and his people(…)

I want to avail to this opportunity to wish you a perfect mandate, on personal level with health and happiness, and on government level, a mandate of accomplishments in your exertions for a better future and for development of people of Ethiopia.

European Council on Tourism and Trade and the Government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia share a long history of cooperation in building tourism, cultural and developmental cooperation between Europe and Ethiopia and we express our goodwill and desire for a continuous cooperation with Your Excellency Government.

 


More about Europe-Ethiopia relations can be accessed here:

ETHIOPIA: WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA OFFICIAL VISIT TO ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA: AMONG THE LEADING NATIONS OF AFRICA

ETHIOPIAN TOURISM POTENTIAL


On behalf of European Council on Tourism and Trade, I express our desire to work closely with Your Excellency towards the achievement of the objectives set in the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, including the promotion of tourism, development projects and the advancement of bilateral cooperation.  

 

Full details are available at the link below:

Source URL: The President’s Office