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05th July, 2016.
The Coordinator, East Africa Tourism Platform, Carmen Nigibira.

EATP Coordinator, Carmen Nigibira to speak on joint tourism visa at Weizo Accra

The Coordinator of the East Africa Tourism Platform, the tourism vehicle driving the successful regional tourism marketing effort of the EAC, Carmen Nigibira will be sharing the experience of the East Africans with the launching of Visa-on-Arrival programme for all Africans by Ghana on Friday July 1, 2016.

East Africa had launched an ambitious project of Schengen style joint single visa to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to integrate the tourism offerings in the region.

They have gone further to integrate joint marketing at trade shows and events. West Africa needs to learn from these experiments at Joint marketing and regional branding. Accra Weizo is an event put together by the organizers of Akwaaba African Travel Market with the support of Ghana Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts. It debuted last year.

The 2016 edition themed: "Seamless Travels in West Africa" will host a discussion session on West Africa as a Single Destination.

Accra Weizo is hosted by La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, supported by Ethiopian Airlines, Accra City Hotel and Kempinski Gold City Hotel Accra.

It will be an in-depth look at ways to improve Travel and Tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa.

Improving and simplifying Airport and Border processes; Standardizing Hotel and facilities for tourism through shared vision.

The Tourism session will be on "The Prospect of West Africa as a Single Tourism Destination". There will be a case study "SAT Experience in West Africa" by Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager of South Africa Tourism in West Africa.

The session will have as discussants the President of Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP),Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), and heads of the Tourism Associations from Benin and Togo.

It will be moderated by a leading Ghanaian Journalist Abeku Santana. Mr. Ikechi Uko, the Organizer, said Accra Weizo is a one-day Travel Seminar, Awards, Exhibition and the objective is to improve Travel and Tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa. Over 150 Travel Professionals are expected from all over West-Africa.

The Chief Executive Officers of the three leading Airlines in West Africa ASKY, ARIK and AERO have confirmed participation at the event scheduled for the 15th of July in Accra Ghana. They will be discussing the increasing challenges faced by Airlines in West Africa.

The Balafon award also holds on the day, it is the West African Travel Awards instituted many years ago by the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market.

It was set up to recognize individuals who have excelled in Tourism and Travel and who also have contributed yo the growth of Tourism and Travels in the region. But this year 2016 Balafon Awards will become part of Accra Weizo event.

The West Africa Award (Balafon) will hold at 5pm, with award categories to include: West Africa Tourism Man of the Year, West Africa Aviation Man of the Year, West African Personality of the Year, and Top 5 Hotels in West Africa. Top 3 Airlines in West Africa and Best International Airlines to West Africa.

To ensure credibility and Transparency in the award selection a multinational committee was set up to shortlist nominees.

The committee includes other Members from Ghana, Nancy Sam President of Tour operators union of Ghana, Ahmed Naaman, Vice President, GHATOF, Abeku Santana super Blogger and Ghana Tourism Ambassador, Dominic Andoh of BF&T, Kojo Bentu Williams Tourism PR wiz kid, Bridget Markwe leading Tour Operator and Andrew Boafo Ghana's most experienced Hotel marketer.

Other members from other countries include Nkereuwem Onung President of NATOP, Ime Udo, Obinna Emelike, Franklin Ihejirika, Demola Ojo, Okorie Uguru, Omololu Olumuyiwa and Wale Olapade.

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