Atta CEO: Borderless nations a win-win for tourists

From Nigel Vere Nicoll's recent article for Tourism Update:

“A nation without borders is not a nation,” said Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States. Yet around the same time as Reagan made this comment, almost 30 years ago, a treaty was signed on board the Princess Marie Astrid on the Moselle River, close to a small town, Schengen, in a very small country, Luxembourg.  A small town whose name would become the byword for nations without borders. That original treaty included just nine European countries and proposed the abolition of borders, allowing vehicles and residents to cross their common borders without stopping, as and where they wished. Nearly 15 years later the same treaty was expanded to include 22 EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland but excluding the UK and Ireland. Thus physical borders were removed across Europe to allow freedom of movement for 400 million residents of 28 European countries allowing free travel throughout this vast area.

Hurrah for Schengen! A role model for all to witness and copy, and one that I have been widely quoting in efforts to encourage similar cross-border relaxation across East and Southern Africa, not just for tourists right now, but for business as well in the future. Schengen was indeed the bright star for borderless partnerships in Africa to follow.

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“A nation without borders is not a nation,” said Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States. Yet around the same time as Reagan made this comment, almost 30 years ago, a treaty was signed on board the Princess Marie Astrid on the Moselle River, close to a small town, Schengen, in a very small country, Luxembourg.  A small town whose name would become the byword for nations without borders. That original treaty included just nine European countries and proposed the abolition of borders, allowing vehicles and residents to cross their common borders without stopping, as and where they wished. Nearly 15 years later the same treaty was expanded to include 22 EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland but excluding the UK and Ireland. Thus physical borders were removed across Europe to allow freedom of movement for 400 million residents of 28 European countries allowing free travel throughout this vast area.

Hurrah for Schengen! A role model for all to witness and copy, and one that I have been widely quoting in efforts to encourage similar cross-border relaxation across East and Southern Africa, not just for tourists right now, but for business as well in the future. Schengen was indeed the bright star for borderless partnerships in Africa to follow.

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