25 years. This makes him a talent, a creator of opportunities, an advisor who brings solutions and innovations.
Mouhamed Faouzou Dème is an expert in hotel management and tourism management, specialist in e-tourism issues. Former Special Advisor of the Cabinets of several Ministers of Tourism and the General Manager of the agency of promotion 11 years cumulated. A graduate in tourism, hospitality, air transport and airport management, he is very active 14 years in the national and international private sector of tourism. Member of the National Tourism Council, lecturer in the academic space, President of the National Observatory for the Development of Tourism, Special Advisor to the President of the UEMOA African Tourist Board. He is the author of a book by 312 pages "Lighting on Senegalese tourism: Périples et vicpéditions" to be published by Editions le Nègre International. Mouhamed Faouzou Dème shares here his passion for Senegal in order to make others discover all the richness of this destination.
In which hotel or type of accommodation in Senegal would you spend your holidays?
It depends on my type of stay, but I like the campsites and motel styles away from town in a lambda. The aparthotels and residences are also good. These receptives respond to an expatriation and a formula that allows to share and to be in reality in contact with people and not in the virtual.
What should we not miss when we come to Senegal?
The desert of Loumpoul, the falls of Dindifélo, the national park of the birds of Djoudj, the pink lake, the national park of Niokolo Koba.
Two places to discover?
Everything depends on our interests but Casamance and Tambacounda are wonderful areas. They are mythical and unique.
A book to recommend?
The Tales of Amadou and Coumba. They refer us to Senegalese culture and customs.
Your favorite dishes?
I love grilled chicken yassa, or grilled fish yassa.
In what kinds of restaurants would you eat?
Villagers restaurants and African restaurants. They are closer to the exoticism and culture.
A drink to recommend?
I recommend the hibiscus juice.
Senegalese artists to listen to?
Baba Maal and Waziz Diop. These two artists translate ambient sounds that mix several sounds drawing from our traditions.
Your favorite clothes?
I like the tradi-modern clothes and I am very particularly seduced by the new cut of our kaftan. It looks nice.
Your favorite beach?
The beach of Ngor which is the reflection of the Senegalese society in all these colors and practices.
Which heritage buildings do you prefer most in Senegal?
The house of Baron de Podor, and the station of Dakar. These buildings refer me to the history of my country.
A gift to offer?
A table under glass or fine sand. It shows the creativity and audacity of young Senegalese artists.
Your favorite Senegalese expression?
Sante Yalla (a Wolof expression which means Praise to God)
What would you advise a tourist who comes to discover Senegal?
Openness and Patience. Taking time to listen and observe is a unique experience.
Senegal in one sentence?
It is a lucky country.