Africa Hospitality Show and conference held
Stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry have converged on the Accra International Conference Centre for the annual Africa Hospitality Show (AHS).
The three-day event has been designed to serve as a business avenue for practitioners in the hospitality industry, as well as provide a platform for policymakers to dialogue on issues pertaining to the industry.
The event, which is running until September 14, 2013, would also provide the platform for companies to exhibit their products and services.
According to the event organisers, the conference will help kick-start deliberations on how to grow the industry.
It is being organised by Litina Travel and Tours, a corporate and group travel services firm.
The Event Organiser, Mr Yaw Duah Osei, said the hospitality show was necessary, judging by the major role the hospitality sector played in the tourism industry.
“This platform would help us network and share experiences,” he stressed and add that it was high time the hospitality sector became the major driver of tourism in Ghana.
Aside generating business and growth avenues, the show is also expected to embrace a host of other related businesses, organisations, and government and policy makers.
Hospitality provides the essential elements required for tourism to thrive; hence bringing stakeholders together on one platform will provide an exciting and unusual opportunity to stimulate growth in the African tourism industry, confront challenges, remove bottlenecks and influence policy.
The President of the Ghana Hotels Association, Mr Herbert Acquaye, who chaired the opening session, said the show had been designed to promote networking and dialogue.
He said the opportunity to network with other organisations should be embraced so that they could come up with new ideas to address challenges facing the industry.
“Even as we network, we also look at some of the best practices we have and how we can introduce technology into our operations,” he said.
Various speakers would be speaking on different issues at the conference, which is being held alongside the exhibition.
By Jessica Acheampong/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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