50 countries coming for World Tourism Day
Story: Lucy Adoma Yeboah
The prevailing excitement and euphoria charactersing the centenary celebration of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah will earn a further boost today with the ushering in of a programme to project Ghana as host of this year’s Word Tourism.
Being held on the theme, “Tourism, Celebrating Diversity” Ghana will be at the centre of the tourism world between now and Sunday, at a time the country also celebrates the life of African’s foremost revolutionary, Dr. Nkrumah.
The world tourism celebration is more than 50 counties worldwide. And according to the United Nations, the celebration is to create the awareness that tourism is vital to the international community and showcase its effect on social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide.
A release from the Ministry of Tourism in Accra indicated that already in the country were 11 world renowned travel writers with include international journalists and broadcasting experts, editors, photographers and reporter from major travel industry publications, as well as freelance writers.
They are said to represent publications in renowned world tourism destinations such as Spain, United Kingdom, United States, France Italy, Holland and Canada.
Among activities planned to celebrate this special occasion are an exhibition for tourism industry players, which include hotels, tourism organizers, travel and tour operators, cruise ship organizers and special event promoters. The event will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre between Tuesday, September 22 to September 27, 2009.
There will also be a gastronomy fair to promote indigenous Ghanaian cuisine on Friday, September 25, 2009 and an official Cocoa Trail to Tetteh Quarshie’s original farm through the Cocoa Research institute at Tafo at the Bunso arboretum to afford delegate the opportunity of knowing the origins and the economic significance of cocoa to Ghana and the world.
As part of the celebration, a tourism conference, a communication conference and a think tank forum on the theme, “Tourism, celebrating diversity” will be organised to highlight the variety which is at the very centre of the tourism industry.
Panellists at the think tank will be selected from representatives of National Tourism Administrator, national and local governments, accommodation providers, educational institutions, district assemblies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media.
Other than adding perspective to the role of globalization in balancing tourism influx and environmental and cultural sustainability, this year’s theme also aims to shed light on the most human side of the industry – its capacity to build understanding, foster social inclusion, and promote higher standards of living.
Meanwhile, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, underscores tourism’s potential as a reliable job creator and contributor to wealth.
“There is increasing awareness of tourism’s role as a productive activity and its undisputed potential to generate employment, income, and other benefits whether directly or through induced effects in the economy. Tourism is a global industry and as such has a responsibility to make positive contributions world wide”.
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and it social, cultural, political, and economic value.
DAILY GRAPHIC - Pages: 1-3 Tuesday, September 22, 2009