By Justina Paaga, GNA
Takoradi Oct 7,
GNA - There was a massive turnout for this year's Aviation and Tourism
Conference held in Takoradi in the Western Region.
on theme, "Investing in the Aviation and Tourism sectors for sustainable
socio-economic development", was jointly organised by the Western Regional
Coordinating Council and GH-Aviation.
It was attended
by stakeholders from the Aviation and Tourism sectors who turned out in their
numbers to participate in the two-day conference addressed by more than 20
speakers with diverse expertise in the sectors.
conference had Programmes such as panel discussions on knowledge sharing their
knowledge, experience, and guidance on various ways to position the two
critical sectors for national development.
There was also
a tour of the oil city, an outreach programme at Archbishop Porter Girls Senior
High School and a reception held at the Western Regional Minister's residence.
participants had the opportunity to visit the Monkey Sanctuary in the heart of
Takoradi, to catch a glimpse of monkeys jumping from tree to tree in broad day
visited the Axim Beach Resort, where they had the feel of a serene atmosphere
connecting the sandy beach and the sea breeze among others.
Okyere Darko -Mensah, Western Regional Minister, who officially opened the
conference admonished players of the two sectors to collaborate effectively in
carrying out programmes and projects capable of projecting the mass tourist
sites in the Western Region and across the country.
who is also the Member of Parliament for Takoradi Constituency urged the
participants to take advantage of the tourism potentials in the region and
invest in specific sectors they deemed suitable as business operators.
described the geographical position of the region as "appetising and
inviting" enough to stimulate tourists, and potential investors looking
for suitable investment destinations.
He appealed to
the participants to endeavor to visit interesting sites to learn, feel and
enjoy the best from Western Region.
said it was timely and appropriate to organise the conference in the region to
share with the world the beautiful side of Ghana's richest region.
that tourism could be developed in the country sufficiently for the government
to continue to rake in revenue.
This, he said,
could only be achieved following an effort to create the required volume of
tourists, traffic in the aviation industry in Ghana, among other factors that
could help the nation record high numbers through decent activities that
tourists would like to see, observe,
feel, and experience, and would definitely want to hit the shores of Ghana.
Executive Officer of GH-Aviation, organising partners of the event, Mrs Elizabeth Twumwaa Sasu, for her part ,
established the core objective behind the organisation of the event.
that the annual Avia-Tour Conference, initiated last year, was to bring
industry players from the two sectors together to brainstorm and share ideas as
to how to work together and streamline activities in the country.
further explained that tourism could be developed alongside the Aviation
industry in Ghana, to create synergies, and guarantee the required traffic,
that would assist in transforming the two sectors in the country.
She said an
effective Tourism and Aviation sectors, could expand the national economy of
the country, create opportunities and ultimately make available jobs for the
teeming unemployed youth of the country.
The CEO however
noted that, if the two sectors remained disconnected, Ghana would continue to
A number of
topics including; "Government’s role in stimulating the growth of air
services and tourist sites to promote tourism in Ghana, Building capacities and
enhancing community contribution for inclusive sustainable tourism,
"Investing in the Aviation and Tourism sectors for sustainable
socio-economic development, Open skies and relevant to tourism development and
Bridging the gap between Aviation and Tourism were discussed at the conference.
activities lined up for the conference include;, exhibition, meetings and
networking session and gala and awards night, which was organised to celebrate
hard working youth activists initiating policies, programmes and projects to
promote the two sectors.