World tourism experts to assemble in Ghana

Hafsa Obeng/Gideon Ahenkorah, GNA  

Accra, July 23, GNA –
Hundreds of tourism enthusiasts and experts the world over would attend the
World Tourism Forum Africa Summit in Ghana, on October 10, to celebrate the
country’s rich tourism and contribute to the growth of the sector.

Ghana is the first
African country to host the world’s biggest tourism forum since its inception
in 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey’s most popular culture-oriented city.     

The four-day event
would consist of food test fair, dialogues and visitation of some selected
tourist sites.     

Mrs Catherine Afeku,
the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said the event formed part
of the robust plans being executed by the Ministry and the Ghana Tourism
Authority (GTA) to develop the sector.  

She said the event,
which would take place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, would bring more than
80 international bloggers and tourism experts to join efforts with the GTA and
the Ministry to harness the tourism potentials of Ghana.    

“The bloggers will get
to know our rich tourist sites and showcase them to the world. This will create
more markets for our country,” Mrs Afeku said.  

The event had the full
support of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and would be attended by hundreds
of big shots in the World’s tourism industry, she said, adding that; “this will
complement the country’s efforts to attract more investors.”     

She called on the
public to rally support for the event as it would promote the country’s tourism
and hospitality sector on a global scale and generate income for local
hoteliers, artisans, tour operators and travel agencies.    

“Policy makers,
politicians and international celebrities will be here to sample the rich
culture and tourist sites our country has,” Mrs Afeku said and urged Ghanaians
to take advantage of the event to build on “our rich culture and arts.”              

Mr Emre Caliskan, a
Board Member of the World Tourism Forum, who led a delegation from Turkey for
the launch, said Ghana had brighter tourism potentials and it was prudent for
the programme to be held in the country.

Mr Caliskan expressed
confidence that the October 10 event would give the country the needed support
to inform the whole world about her rich culture, arts and tourism which would
pave way for economic growth.     

“Ghana’s efforts in
promoting tourism on a global scale are not enough. We believe that events like
this would add to the efforts. We are bringing great personalities to witness
the finest country called Ghana,” he said.        

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, the
Chief Executive Officer of GTA, commended the media for continuously supporting
the tourism sector, saying; “The media have been giving us good feedback about
the standards of our hospitality services. We use the information in taking
prudent actions for the growth of the sector.”  

Mr Agyeman charged the
media to assist the international bloggers and tourists with the needed
information concerning tourism, when the event is held.    

“Local journalists and
bloggers will join the international media personnel during the event to
provide them with the needed support,” he said.   

Mr Agyeman said plans
were underway to select the tourist sites that would be visited during the
event and that the GTA was advocating for the inception of a coordinating
committee at the ministerial level to ensure the successful execution of the

“I believe the paper
is in Cabinet. When considered and the Committee is set up, all institutions
whose work impact tourism, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work
together to ensure the smooth execution of the event,” he said.   

Mr Mustapha
Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, who supported the Tourism Minister
and the GTA for the launch, pledged the commitment of his Ministry towards
promoting the forum on government news portals through the Information Services

“My Ministry is about
information and so when it comes to events promotion, especially those that
sell Ghana, we play a critical role. We will continue to contribute to the
growth of our economy through information sharing,” Mr Addul-Hamid said.     

The World Tourism
Forum, which is under the umbrella of the Young Tourism Leaders Association, is
organised four times every year at global centres around the world to chart
plans to develop global tourism.


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