discovering tourism potential in the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mono with students from Togo and Benin

Date

24 September 2016 - 27 September 2016

Grand Popo
Benin

The Mono river delta on the southern border between Benin and Togo is home to many different animals, some of which are under serious threat. The diverse landscape includes rivers, lakes, wetlands, savannahs, gallery forests, mangroves and beaches. Among the animals that live here are hippopotamuses, manatees, red-bellied monkeys (which are endemic to the south of Nigeria, Benin and Togo), antelope, buffalo and many varieties of waterfowl.

As the area offers some unique biodiversity, tourism development is a way to gain income which should lead to a more economic and sustainable development of the region. These tourism developments should primarily benefit the local population.

The area is rarely known by any one, so it’s important that people in the tourism industry get to know the area so they would be able to capitalize it.
Building on existing local initiatives, the first step involves identifying the tourism potential in the Mono delta areas with students from Togolese and Beninese tourism Universities.

During the celebration of World Tourism Day in total 20 students from Togo and Benin will be discovering and visiting the area of Grand Popo.

Objective

The idea is that the students will gain knowledge about what is actually on offer (= destination) and what could be interesting for future tourists (= demand). In a later stage the students, together with local stakeholders and tourism experts, will be working on sustainable product development and the commercialization of these products.

Programme (only in french);

Samedi 24 Septembre Cours de préparations au CET-AAT (Cotonou)
8.30 Repartition des groupes et hébergement
9.00 RBT / Grand Popo
10.00 SWOT
11.30 Produit touristique
12.30 Segmentation du marché
13.30 Pause déjeuner
14.30 Promotion et vente
16.00 Programme JMT
17.00 Fin

Lundi 26 Septembre Sortie Grand-Popo
7.30 Rassemblement Agence AAT St. Michel
8.00 Départ
10.00 Installation dans les hotels divers
11.30 Transfert vers Saveurs d'Afrique
12.00 Mots de bienvenue de OT Grand Popo Saveurs d'Afrique
12.30 Présentation de DG de Saveurs d'Afrique
13.00 Pause déjeuner + animation Saveurs d'Afrique
14.00 Transfert vers EcoLodge de EcoBénin Avlo
14.45 Excursion sur le RBT; mangroves et bouche de Roi
18.30 Transfert vers Awale Plage
18.45 Présentation de DG Awale Plage Awale Plage
19.30 Diner et soirée Awale Plage
22.30 Transfert vers les hotels

Mardi 27 Septembre
Célébration Journée Mondial du Tourisme
7.30 transfert vers Coco Beach
8.00 Présentation de DG Coco Beach Coco Beach
8.30 Petit déjeuner Coco Beach
9.15 Marche vers Villa Karo
9.45 Visite de la Villa Karo et le Musée Villa Karo
10.30 Visite de la veille ville Heve
11.00 Travaux en atélier Auberge de Grand Popo
12.00 Mots de JMT 2016
12.05 Présentation de DG Auberge Auberge de Grand Popo
12.20 Mots de Maire du Grand Popo
12.30 Présentations de chaque groupe en 5 min.
13.00 Déjeuner Auberge de Grand Popo
14.00 Célebration de la JMT 2016 Auberge de Grand Popo
16.00 Cloture de la JMT 2016 Auberge de Grand Popo
16.30 Départ pour Cotonou
18.00 Arrivé à l'agence AAT St. Michel

The Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in the Mono Delta
is commissioned by:

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Countries: Benin, Togo

Lead executing agencies:

Benin: Ministère du cadre de vie et du développement durable (MCVDD), Centre National de Gestion des Réserves de Faune (CENAGREF)

Togo: Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières (MERF), Direction des Ressources Forestières (DRF)