The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Responsible Tourism Ambassador Didier Drogba is calling for global support for young people in tourism, stating that young people are poised to achieve great things for themselves.
Speaking to VoyagesAfriq on the sidelines of the ongoing maiden Global Youth Tourism Summit in Sorrento, Italy, where he addressed hundreds of young people from across the world, the ex-Chelsea FC star said, young people, continue to demonstrate strong desires to make something of themselves.
“I feel happy with them, and the questions they ask are really powerful. So I think it is important for us – people like me – to show them support because they want to do well, you can tell that they are starving for greatness,” he emphasized.
The Ivorian football legend said that beyond football, he wants to leave footprints in other spheres and tourism provides a good opportunity to do that.
Drogba posited, “Football is just a job but most important is to be a man with values, with respect, with ambition and we can find it any other thing and sports than football so it’s important to find the basics and the education that can help you to find your way.”
Since hanging his boots as a player, the Chelsea legend has been playing an active role in promoting social and economic programmes in Cote d’Ivoire in the health, tourism, and others sectors. He said he is motivated to do so because “It’s just my contribution to the world and just the desire to give back to the community and to live in a healthy world.”