Mrs Stella Appenteng, Treasurer of SKAL International Club, a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world who work to promote tourism and friendship on Thursday, advised practitioners in Ghana to join with SKAL to better understand the global nature of the tourism industry
She said “Industry players should join forces with Skal International to network with the global world and to better educate themselves through the experiences of participation in their congresses.”
Mrs Appenteng, who is also the Managing Director of Apstar Travel and Tours in Ghana, gave the advice in an interview with the GNA prior to participating in the SKAL annual congress currently on-going in the United States of America
The annual congress, which is hosting about 58 countries with about 1,100 participants, engage members to work together to enhance vision, maximize networking opportunities to help develop a responsible tourism industry.
Mrs Appenteng said the congress, which is held annually, gives participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with available facilities bearing in mind that tourism is education and an experience.
“The meeting of professional decision makers from over 50 nations under one roof enhances global business networking and discussions boarder on how Skal can achieve its mission of being a trusted voice in travel and tourism – with its affiliation with United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT),” she said.
She therefore called on government to facilitate efforts that would make Ghana a clean country.
“The need to clean up our cities and attraction sites and preservation of our historical monuments, relics and living culture and heritage, culinary innovations and presentations is vital to the growth of the industry,” she added.