AWA COO joins Aviation panel at Accra Weizo

The Chief Operating Officer for Africa World Airlines the leading Airline in Ghana and one of the leading Airlines in Ghana Capt. Samuel Thompson will be joining the Chief Executive Officers of the leading Airlines in West Africa ASKY, ARIK and AERO who have earlier 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. AWA operates international flights to Nigeria 4 times a week and will be increasing the frequency to 6 from the21st of July. It is the only IOSA rated Airline in Ghana.
West Africa has a population of over 300 Million from 15 Countries and over 40 Airports. Despite having the largest Economy in Africa West Africa is very poor in Aviation matters compared to East, South and North Africa. It cannot boast of a major Aviation hub not to talk of a super Airline. Every Airline comes to West Africa to fill up their balance sheet yet the Airlines in West Africa struggle to maintain profitability. Taxes and policy hurdles cripple profitable operations in West Africa.

These issues will be thrashed out at the Aviation session of the event expected to be Chaired by the DG NCAA supported by his Ghanaian compatriot GCAA, who have all been invited to the eIMG_0898vent.

The Guest Speaker in the Aviation session is Mr. Henock Teferra, the Managing Director of ASKY Airlines, ASKY Airlines is a pan Africa airline, based in Lome, Togo. He will be speaking on the topic “The Challenges of Running a Successful Regional Airline in West Africa, at the Event.

Other speakers at this year’s event are the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors Limited, Captain Fola Akinkuotu and the Vice Chairman of SAHCOL Mr. Chike Ogeah.

With the Launching of Visa on Arrival programme for all Africans by Ghana on Friday July 1 you will still be needing 14 Visa stickers on your passport to Visit West Africa. No wonder West Africa received the lowest Number of Tourists in Africa despite its long Beaches and great Culture.
To address this issue will be Leaders of Tourism and Travel Private sector in West Africa at the 2nd Accra Weizo. Over 150 Travel Professionals are expected from all over West-Africa.

This is as Carmen Nigibira the Coordinator of the East Africa Tourism Platform the tourism vehicle driving the successful regional tourism marketing effort of the EAC will be sharing the experience of the East Africans.

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, 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.

The maiden edition of Accra Weizo in 2015, attracted some global rated expert like Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional-Head, IATA for Africa and the Middle East. She spoke on Intra Africa Air Connectivity, the facts, Challenges and Benefits. Mr. Frank Nneji, Managing Director, ABC Transport Limited, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Founder Kasapreko Company Limited, Femi Adefope- Head HRG & GSA Delta Airlines in Nigeria were all Speakers at Accra Weizo 2015.

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