Mr Ekow Sampson, President of the Senior
Staff Association of the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB) has said that effective and
efficient human resource was the backbone for the development of every business
He has therefore appealed to government to train the staff of the Board to sustain
Mr Sampson was addressing the opening of the 6th Biennial Congress of the
Senior Staff Association of the GTB at Akyawkrom, near Ejisu, in Ashanti Region at
The Congress attended by over 60 delegates selected from all over the country,
was under theme “Quality Human Resource the Means Towards an Accelerated
He said with the current global challenges and changing trend in the tourism
industry, demands continuous training for the staff as an essential panacea for
sustainable growth of the industry.
Mr Sampson urged the government to up-grade the skills of personnel in the
private sector such as hotels, catering, travel and tours, operations to help improve
their knowledge in areas including tourism policy, development, planning, marketing
He expressed regret that the GTB had for the past eight years operated without
Board of Directors and called on government as a matter of urgency to establish the
Board of Directors to oversee operations.
The President also appealed to the government to revisit the proposed Tourism
Development Fund without delay and provide funding for the speedy development of
the tourism industry
Mr Solomon Asiedu, Co-ordinating Director of the Ejisu Municipal Assembly, said
the Yaa Asantewaa Museum at Ejisu in Ashanti Region which was once a popular
tourist centre was now in deplorable conditions as a result of fire which gutted the
centre a few years ago.
He therefore appealed to the Board to assist the Ejisu Municipal Assembly to
rehabilitate the Centre to increase tourists to the area.
The Co-ordinating Director also urged GTB to help develop the Bonwire Kente
Industry and the Butterfly Sanctuary at the Bobri Forest so as to entice more tourists
to improve the incomes of the Assembly.
Mr Charles Osei Bonsu, Deputy Executive Director of the GTB in-charge
of Finance and Administration, asked the delegates to use the occasion to take stock
of their activities and adopt effective and pragmatic measures to improve on their