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Accra Weizo 2015: Akinboboye, Momodu Others Get Recognition

Over 20 West Africans will be honoured at this year’s Accra Weizo event in Ghana

Stories: Ebere Chibuzor

The CEO of La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, Arik Air boss, Sir, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, Founder Kasapreko, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, MD, Nigeria Railway Corporation Mr.Adeseyi Sijuade and the Honourable Minister of Tourism & Creative Arts for Ghana, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu- Adjare will be among the 20 West Africans that will be honored at the 2015 Accra Weizo event.

This list also includes the popular publisher of Ghana based Celebrity magazine Ovation, former Presidential candidate in Nigeria Dele Momodu , a Gambian real estate developer, Mustapha TAF Njie and a Ghana based Nigerian movie maker, Theo Akatugba. These individuals were selected by the organizers from a list of 100 Top Travel Personalities in West-Africa based on their impact, legacy and influence in Tourism Promotions, Aviation, Hospitality, Conservation, Transport and Travel Business. Accra Weizo, 2015 will take place on the 3rd of July at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel Accra.

It seeks to bring to fruition the dreams of former DG of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency, NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren who said in Abuja at the Bantaba event 2012 while receiving the award of Travel Personality of the year that West Africa should be single domestic Aviation Environment integrating, Safety regulations, Airline connections and airports. Dr. Demuren has since left NCAA but his vision for the seamless integration is still far from reality.

This vision according to the organizers is the main focus of a one day travel event slated for the 3rd of July at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The event is to be hosted by the Honourable Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Ghana, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare. With the theme “Seamless Travel in West Africa” Weizo is targeted at the founding vision of ECOWAS to create a region of one people integrating and growing together.

It is coming as ECOWAS celebrates 40 years of existence. With a population of close to 300 million people in 15 countries and a fast growing economic block, West Africa started the regional integration race in Africa since the 1970s but has since lagged behind East and Southern Africa. With over 40 airports the economy of the region can sustain a viable Travel and Tourism industry. Weizo seeks to bring Travel professionals together to share knowledge and work out a future path of success for the region. The special adviser to the UNWTO

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