The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) has set up a panel of five to receive and vet nominations from the general public with a view to selecting personalities and institutions to be inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame.
The panel, headed by Mr Alex Boakye, the Quality Control Manager of Ghana Tourism Authority, has been appointed from among men and women of integrity, leadership skills and knowledge of the tourism and hospitality industry.
Announcing the Panel of Adjudicators at a media briefing in Accra, the National President of GHATOF, Mr David Nana Anim said a call for nominations had already gone out through the mass media and on the GHATOF website.
He said the judgement of the panel would be based on a setup criteria agreed upon by a National Awards Committee chaired by Mr Johnnie Morreaux, one-time president of the Ghana Association of Travel and Tourist Agents (GATTA), who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Nominees would be expected to have attained high level of achievement built on the five pillars of capacity building, sustainable tourism development, innovation, professional leadership and dedication.
The GHATOF president further announced that the judgement of the panel would be subjected to further review by an independent committee of two highly qualified professionals.
Mr Anim further announced that the deadline for the submission of nominations, accompanied by a profile of the nominees had, been fixed for August 31, 2016.
The first-ever personalities and institutions for the Tourism Hall of Fame will be inducted at a grand ball to be held at the Banquet Hall of the State House in October this year and dedicated and insightful professionals will be inducted every two years.
The Tourism Hall of Fame has been created to recognise outstanding individuals who through their leadership, dedication and professionalism have made significant contributions to the tourism industry in Ghana.