Friendship Force World Conference 2016

Bienvenue au Maroc . مرحبا بكم في المغرب . Welcome to Morocco


Dear World Conference delegates:

It is my privilege to join you all this year in scenic and majestic Marrakesh for our 39th annual Friendship Force World Conference, our first on the African continent! Last year TripAdvisor released a list of the most popular travel destinations in the world, based on millions of user reviews, and Marrakesh took the No. 1 spot. "Pearl of the South", "Imperial City", "Ochre City"… Marrakesh is known by many names, but none truly summarize the magical atmosphere that prevails there. With its bustling souks, flavorful food, and famously welcoming hospitality, it's no wonder that tourists are starting to take note of Marrakesh. Soon you will see for yourselves what makes this intoxicating city so very special.

We have much to talk about this year at our world conference – and much to do. FFI's mission is an important one and is accomplished in a variety of ways, just one of which is home hospitality. Another is by bringing our annual conference to areas of the world where we have something to learn as well as something to share. By having this year's conference in Morocco, where more than 90% of the population are Muslim, we are privileged to have the unique opportunity to learn more about the people and the culture at a time when greater understanding and acceptance are critical to the world.

In the months leading up to the conference we will be looking at ways to pursue our mission through our activities in Marrakesh, in addition to celebrating our friendships and experiencing all the wonders Marrakesh has to offer. Thank you for joining us for this very special and very necessary endeavor. I look forward to meeting, learning and celebrating with you all during our inaugural event in this wonderful city.

In friendship and peace,

Jeremi Snook
President and CEO, Friendship Force International