Business News of 2014-07-11

Planning Committee on World Tourism Confab inaugurated

A twenty-member planning committee has been inaugurated to oversee the organisation of this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference slated for September 9 to 11, in Accra.

The members were drawn from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Information and Media Relations, National Security, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Airports Company, The Forestry Commission, State Protocol, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Brand Ghana, as well as some representatives from the media.

The programme, which will be held on the theme, “Branding tourism for Africa’s image”, is expected to showcase to the world the contribution of Africa as far as tourism is concerned.

It is also expected to bring together various stakeholders from the tourism industry across the world and discuss issues relating to tourism branding and improvement of Africa’s image.

Addressing the media at the launch in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ms Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, said it was welcoming news for Ghana to host this year’s UNWTO conference.

According to her, a lot of people would be drawn from around the world to attend the three-day event, generating a lot of income for the country, and boosting the nation’s economy.

“This event is a bigger platform which any country desiring to boost its tourism sector will grab because of the international media publicity,” she said. The launch was attended by some officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).

Ms Ofosu-Adjare indicated that the event would create additional jobs, especially in the hospitality industry for many Ghanaians, and urged players in the sector to devote much time to ensure the success of the programme.

She further charged members of the newly constituted national planning committee to put all their resources together to ensure the successful organisation of the event.