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Tourism in Ghana is the fourth highest foreign exchange earner with a huge potential of overtaking gold, cocoa, foreign remittances and oil. This is against the backdrop of a relatively low level of investment to the sector.
According to the National Tourism Development Plan (2013 - 2027) development of the human resource involved in tourism is one of the key requirements for the transformation of the sector in Ghana.
As its contribution to transforming the sector, Nasoa Services is organising a three city tourism training programme in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ghana Tourism Federation the Musicians Union of Ghana (GHATOF) and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) with support from the U.S Embassy. The programme will run from April 23 to 29 in Kumasi, Ada and Cape Coast.
The programme will involve two speaker specialists from the United States of America. Yuri Horowitz is a lecturer at Georgetown University and Co-founder and Partner at Navigo International. Yuri brings 19 years working throughout the travel and tourism industry, with experience across the entire value chain – from front-end hospitality to high-level tourism planning and policy. Specializing in community engagement, emerging destinations, and sustainable tourism, he focuses on developing a shared vision among stakeholders and implementing programs that have far-reaching social benefits. Some of the organisations he has worked with include the World Bank, Clinton Foundation, U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, U.S.
The second speaker is Andrew Dumaine, president and founder of shrinkingfootprint, a company focusing on transforming tourism into an efficient tool for community development. He has worked in advertising for more than 20 years as a writer, creative director and agency co-owner. More than sixty of the campaigns he created for clients earned national and international awards for effectiveness and creative appeal. Since the launch of shrinkingfootprint in 2006, Mr. Dumain’s work has taken him across the United States and the Caribbean and he is a frequent presenter at industry conferences on green business issues and lectures at universities and colleges.
Other speakers at the training programmes include Akunu Dake a cultural activist and CEO of Heritage Development, culture and tourism development and event management consultancy.
Mr Dake has worked as Executive Director of PANAFEST, former Chairman of the Ghana Tourism Authority and co-convener of the Ghana Culture Forum, a civil society organization of creative arts practitioners and institutions.
Oscar Yao Doe, Executive Chairman of Eurostar Global Limousines, a Pan-African luxury car rental company and founder of Doscar Travel and Tours and Euro Tours which has interests and concerns across the world will also be speaking at the programmes.
The final speaker is Nana Kweku Nduom, Vice President of Business Development and Finance at Group Nduom whose responsibilities include their hotel chain across the country.