The Ghana Tourism Authority in partnership with the African Tourist Partners, South Africa is set to organise the maiden edition of the Women in tourism summit at the Accra International Conference Centre on June 21, 2018.
The summit, the first ever in Ghana, would be on the theme: “Driving women empowerment through tourism development.”
A release issue to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday in Accra stated that the summit would be an annual event that would give women in tourism an opportunity to network and learn more about issues relating to funding, investment, and marketing, running of business, and leadership across the entire tourism value chain.
It said globally, tourism was being leveraged in Ghana to mitigate gender inequality and the GTA aimed at driving women empowerment in Ghana, especially in tourism development through the women in tourism summit.
It said the summit was an opportunity for women operating across the entire tourism value chain to meet their counterparts, share knowledge and learn from each other to transform the tourism economy to become a fundamental pillar in advancing the role of women tourism entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders.
According to the release, a welcome cocktail would precede the event at the Accra Tourist Information Centre (ATIC) on June 20, 2018.Speakers for the main event include; Mrs Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, Minister for Gender and Children Affairs, Mr Akwesi Agyeman, CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Nancy Sam Quartey, President, Women In Tourism, Ghana, Sella Fubara-Obinwa, International Operations, Dubai Tourism ( Africa Market), Assia Riccio-Smith, Founder, Evolving Women.
Panel discussions for the event include “Understanding the Ecosystem of destination marketing to grow your business - An unexplored opportunities for women empowerment, “ Building a sustainable hospitality industry through women leadership development; “Women in tourism: Opportunities and challenges and many impactful discussions that would be adapted to mainstream women’s role in Ghana’s socio-economic development through tourism.
The release stated that, the summit would bring together women game-changers, mission - driven companies and individuals, professionals, and leaders in tourism.