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June 21, 2016 | Business & Finance

West African Tourism Leaders to Meet in Accra

GNA

Accra, June 21, GNA - Private Tourism stakeholders in West Africa would be meeting in Accra on July 15, at the Accra Weizo event to discuss the development of Tourism in West Africa.

The event was put together by Akwaaba African Travel Market with the support of Ghana Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts.

The 2016 edition is on the theme: 'Seamless Travels in West Africa,' and would host couple of discussions on West Africa as a Single Destination.

A statement by Mr Ikechi Uko, the organiser of the event, said the session would have as discussants, the President of Nigeria Association of Tour Operators, Tour Operators Union of Ghana, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies and heads of the Tourism Associations from Benin and Togo.

The event would be moderated by a leading Ghanaian Journalist and hosted by La Palm Royal Beach Hotel with support from Ethiopian Airlines and Accra city hotel.

It said the event would take an in-depth look into the ways to improve Travel and Tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa.

The statement said improving and simplifying Airport and Border processes; Standardising Hotel and facilities for tourism through shared vision are some of the topics for discussion.

It said Mr Henock Teferra, the Managing Director, of ASKY Airlines, a pan Africa airline, based in Lome, Togo would be speaking on the topic: 'The Challenges of Running a Successful Regional Airline in West Africa.'

There would be case studies like 'SAT Experience in West Africa,' by Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager of South Africa Tourism in West Africa.

Mr Uko, said the event a day's Travel Seminar, Awards and Exhibition with the objective was to improve Travel and Tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa.

The statement said the West Africa Award (Balafon) would be held with categories include: West Africa Tourism Man of the Year, West Africa Aviation Man of the Year, West African Personality of the Year, and Top 50 Hotels in West Africa.

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