Ghana has achieved a significant milestone by becoming a member of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
This organization is dedicated to the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism on a global scale. The UNWTO also recognizes tourism as a pivotal driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and the preservation of our environment.
In a recent development, the 66th UNWTO Commission for Africa meeting in Mauritius saw the selection of not only Ghana but also five other African countries to serve on the council. These countries include Nigeria, Rwanda, Namibia, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each entrusted with contributing to the council’s mission.
The theme of the meeting, “Rethinking Tourism for Africa: Addressing Global Challenges; Promoting Investment and Partnerships,” underscored the significance of tourism in addressing worldwide challenges and fostering collaboration among nations.
The newly appointed council members will collaborate with the UNWTO Secretary-General in implementing decisions aimed at bolstering tourism across the globe. Their collective expertise and support will be invaluable in advancing tourism policies and fostering knowledge about the industry’s potential impact on global economies.
The council is set to be formally introduced during the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly meeting scheduled to take place in Uzbekistan in October later this year. This event will provide an opportunity for unveiling their strategies and initiatives designed to further promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices worldwide.
In his acceptance speech, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, pledged Ghana’s commitment to put travel and tourism at the summit of the global development agenda.
He also commended his colleague ministers for the trust they put in him.
The minister further called for investment in tourism infrastructure and building the capacity of operators along the tourism value chain to enhance the continent’s competitiveness.