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President Boakai praises Liberia’s Surfing potential

The surfing event will be held for five days, and it is expected to bring to Liberia more than 100 persons including 60 athletes.

Monrovia, April 14, 2024: President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has expressed excitement over Liberia’s rise to a place among the top 10 surfing destinations in the world and the choice to host the Africa Tour: Surf to Rise competition.

An Executive Mansion release says the event, which is scheduled to take place in West Africa for the first time, will be held in Robertsports, Grand Cape Mount County.

It will be a five-day event, bringing in more than 100 persons, including 60 athletes, all of whom will be staying in Robertsports for the duration of the event from May 23-28, 2024.

This initiative is a significant moment for Liberia’s tourism sector, which aims to rebrand the country and attract visitors worldwide. 

It also comes as the President prepares to submit the Tourism Bill to the Legislature as part of his legislative agenda. 

As part of the transformative agenda outlined in the Agriculture, Roads, Education, Sanitation, and Tourism (AREST) Agenda, President Boakai reaffirmed Liberia’s commitment to harnessing its natural assets for sustainable development. 

He emphasized the significance of this event in showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage and untapped potential in the realm of tourism. 

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He stated that this event presents an unparalleled opportunity for Liberia to be showcased internationally. 

Liberia can usher in a new era of prosperity by harnessing the power of the country’s coastline and embracing initiatives that promote adventure tourism. 

The Liberia Surfing Association is organizing the event under the leadership of its President, Ms. Naquetta Ricks, in collaboration with Hesta Baker, the CEO of tourism marketing company Unchain Africa, and Dr. Clarice Ford-Kulah, the CEO of Liberia’s historical preservation NGO, Providence Preservation Foundation. 

According to the Association’s President Naquetta Ricks, the African surfing industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and Liberia’s participation in this event will drive the development of the country’s surfers and sportsmanship and promote the spirit of healthy competition. 

President Boakai is extending a warm invitation to all Liberians to participate in and support this landmark event, emphasizing the pivotal role that businesses and communities play in driving Liberia’s economic growth. 

At the Africa Tour: Surf to Rise event, he calls upon all Liberians to celebrate the country’s natural beauty and cultural vibrancy. He also encouraged businesses to support the transformative power of tourism to create jobs, stimulate local economies, and showcase Liberia as a beacon of opportunity in West Africa. 

As Liberia prepares to host the inaugural leg of the Africa Tour: Surf to Rise event, President Boakai reaffirms his Administration’s unwavering commitment to realizing the full potential of Liberia’s tourism sector. Through strategic partnerships and proactive initiatives, Liberia is poised to emerge as a leading destination for adventure tourism and sustainable development.—Press release

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