For the first time, an international meeting on tourism has been held in West Africa.?
For the first time, an international meeting on tourism has been held in West Africa. The seminar took place in State House, Accra, Ghana. Major J. Felli, Ghana's Commissioner of Trade and Tourism said his country was honoured at being chosen because it showed the world's increasing confidence that tourism in Africa-and Ghana in particular-was developing.
Mr. Ignatius Atigbi, Chairman of the African Travel Commission said the purpose of the seminar was to decide how to portray the true touristic image of Africa. The colonial image of a dark continent of jungles, wild animals, yellow fever and underdeveloped people still lingered in the minds of millions of foreigners. Such people still thought Africa a place only suitable for the most daring visitors.
Mr. Atigbi proposed that all tourist guides should be local so there would be absolute patriotism and loyalty to the state and tourists get the real feel of the country. State agencies should own everything to do with guided tours.
Mr. Robert Lenati, Secretary-General of the International Union of Official Travel Organisations, said his organisation was part of a world-wide movement to try to help Africa develop its resources, but, first of all it was up to Africans - with their great vitality and open minds - to help themselves.
Experts from Spain, which had a notable success in tourism, address the delegates during the seminar, which ended on August 24.