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Africa: From Royal Senchi Resort, to Peninsula Resort & Golf Club, to Accra City Hotel, Accra Weizo thrills delegates with tourism attractions

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It was Eat Ghana, See Ghana, Feel Ghana and Wear Ghana for delegates of the 6th Accra Weizo in partnership with Ghana Tourism Authority as they were treated to Ghanaian hospitality for 5 days.

The event which started on the 23rd of May with a road-trip by some of the delegates from Lagos started with a visit to Ghana’s first 4 star resort, Royal Senchi Hotel & Resort.

The morning of 24th of May first started with an aerobic exercise for delegates that lasted an hour. After that, delegates were treated to a sumptuous breakfast at the The Senchi Restaurant. Afterwards, it was time for a tour of the resort. The famous resort which is located in Senchi on the Akosombo road, is about an hour 45 minutes drive from the capital city, Accra. Situated at the banks of the Volta Lake, which is the largest man-made lake in West Africa, boasts of 84 rooms (9 executive suites and 1 presidential suite) overlooking the eco-island locally called Denkyenyam and had been designed to blend into the appealing, balmy environment and the surrounding rich forestry.

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The resort which has a state-of-the-art conference facility accommodates a maximum of 200 participants and also has a mini library where people can come in to read and do their work. The Spa offers different categories of massage which attract different prices. The Senchi Restaurant, Nsu Bar and sports bar are on hand to appease the taste buds of its guests. The resort also offers recreational activities ranging from mini soccer, badminton, swimming pool, gymnasium, lawn and table tennis, basketball, volleyball, kayak to a golf driving range.

According to Gerald Schraven, the General Manager, Royal Senchi Resort, Nigerians are the second highest source market of the resort, after the United States of America. Furthermore, he said there are plans in place by the resort to add zip-lining activities and a canopy-walk. Emmanuel Mensah, director of sales and marketing of the resort, noted: “Our luxurious Riverview rooms are well-equipped with modern facilities, lovely decor and a view. These rooms are designed to inspire. Each room has a spectacular view of the Volta River that makes you feel like you are actually living on the Volta. Again, guests enjoy the freshness of the environment while they sit at their balcony or terrace.” Later in the day, the delegates were treated to a boat cruise on the volta lake, while others participated in the kayaking activities. At night, there was a cocktail party for the delegates, which concluded with a barbecue.

Day two, the group checked out and headed for Peninsula Resort and Golf Club, Akosombo, where they were received by Mr. Robert Thompson, the General Manager. The Peninsula Resort sits on 300-acres of land, overlooking a lake, serene atmosphere, hills and hiking capacity of two kilometres. It also boasts of a canopy walkway that is 550 metres long. Other recreational activities are horse-riding, lawn-tennis and a 9 hole golf course.

Soon after, it was time for the test of wills as delegates embarked on a hike. While some barely managed to make it to the top of the hill, some gave up along the way while some did not even have to break a sweat to get to the top. After the hike, some delegates did the horse-riding, after which they were treated to some Ghanaian culinary experience.

Then it was a 3 hour drive to Accra City Hotel, the venue for Accra Weizo Travel Expo. According to the organisers, Accra Weizo is an annual event targeted at promoting Seamless Travels In West Africa, while also providing a platform for participants to network with other like minds in tourism and travel business from across West Africa. The travel and tourism show which held on the 26th May with the theme: “Tourism Development Through Digitalization”, stressed on the need for government agencies and vendors of tourism products to embrace digitalization to grow the sector in various regions of the continent. The panelists included Akosua Shirley (a tourism blogger), Eddie Ampah (Afrofuture), Eugene Allotey (University of Ghana Business School, Legon) and Dr. Olanma Alvanis Ojukwu (GOTA Travel) and Prof. Eunice Fay Amissah, Hospitality and Tourism Department, University of Cape Coast as moderator.

Also in attendance were important dignitaries from different countries, including Ghana Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture represented by the Director Human Resources, Mr. Otto Langmagne, Director General, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, (NIHOTOUR), Turaki Nura Kangiwa represented by Director, General Studies, Mr. Famogbiyele Taiwo and the Deputy, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Ekow Sampson. The conference also had in attendance beauty Queens, tourism boards, tour operators, travel agencies, hospitality companies, destination management companies (DMCs), travel and tourism students, exhibitors and members of both local and international media.

The conference ended with the Balafon Awards, that recognises pioneers and best players in the industry for the ECOWAS region. The day ended with some of the delegates exploring the city of Accra, while shopping as well. The following morning, some of the group departed for Lagos, Nigeria.

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