Women in Tourism Summit launched with Weizor Fair

By
Hafsa Obeng, /Dorothy Arhin-Dofo, GNA

Accra, June 13, GNA – The Ghana Tourism
Authority (GTA) together with its stakeholders on Wednesday launched the 2019
edition of the Women in Tourism Summit and the Accra Weizor fair, in Accra.

The summit on the theme: “Empowering women
in Ghana’s Tourism Industry” is scheduled for June 27, while the fair on the
theme “seamless travel is West Africa” is scheduled for June 28th and June 29.

Mr Isaac Adomako–Mensah, Deputy Executive
Director, Finance and Administration, GTA, said both the summit and fair have
become part of the major events to promote tourism in the country since their
inception.

He said the fair was geared towards getting
West Africans to cooperate with each other, and is aimed at creating a seamless
travel environment in West Africa by bringing together travel professionals to
Accra.

He said the GTA would host delegates coming
from nations in the East, West and Southern Africa at a three-day
familiarization tour from June 25 and 27.

“The delegates will take a tour of the
Greater Accra, Western and Central regions. Places of visit would include
Nzulezu, Ankasa Conservation Area, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Secondi
European Town, and the Cape Coast Castle.”

Mr Isaac Adomako–Mensah noted that the tour
programme drawn for them was in tandem with the Authority’s domestic tourism
campaign of Eat, Feel, See, and Wear Ghana.

He said tourism was being leveraged in Ghana
to mitigate gender inequality, and the GTA aimed to drive women empowerment in
Ghana especially in Tourism development through the Women in Tourism Summit.

He said the summit was an opportunity for
women operating across the entire tourism value chain to meet their
counterparts, share knowledge and learn from each other. It seeks to transform
the tourism economy to become a fundamental pillar in advancing the role of
women tourism entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders.

“It is important to bring together women
game changers, mission driven companies and individuals, professional and
leaders in tourism to network and learn more about issues relating to funding,
branding, networking, running of businesses and leadership across the entire
value chain.”

Mr Isaac Adomako–Mensah congratulated the
leaderships of both events, expressing the hope that both events in the long
run would accelerate the development of tourism in Ghana and West Africa.

Mr Collins Udolu, Accra Weizor, said the
fair had come this far after its inception five years ago, solely by the work
of the dedicated team with support of stakeholders looking to enhance the
business and tourism environment across Africa.

He said the event has grown to become an
event found in every arena of tour operations in West Africa, and has helped
change the narrative of West Africa by collaborating and easing business in
tourism and aviation

“This year the event would have speakers
from Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, and Uganda.”

Mrs Bella Ahu, president, Ghana Tourism
Federation, congratulated the organisers of both events, saying empowering
women in tourism was long overdue, and the summit had come at an appropriate
time when women empowerment was on the increase in the industry.

She said women wanted to be heard and be
listened to, expressing the hope that the second edition would be greater than
the first one.

“Five years in the life of every
organisation needs to be celebrated, and we believe that participants would
take the opportunity to see, eat, feel and wear Ghana.”

GNA

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