By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, June 28, GNA – A summit aimed at
advancing the status of girls in tourism in Ghana has opened in Accra.
The summit the second in the sequence is also to
give the essential publicity and system through which ladies would be
It is on the concept: “Women empowerment,
catalyst for setting up a sustainable tourism Enterprise.”
It is staying organised below the auspices of
the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) by the Ghana Tourism
Authority (GTA) and the Africa Tourism Partners.
Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism,
Arts and Tradition, explained the theme for the summit validated the major purpose
of girls in tourism, and gives the signpost for the empowerment of females.
She claimed no development was finish without
girls getting factored in as a important index of the advancement approach, incorporating
that women can adequately push objectives in tourism at the various levels of
endeavour to make certain sustainable tourism.
She explained tourism furnished good possibilities
for women’s participation in the workforce, women’s entrepreneurship, women’s
leadership than any other sector of the financial state.
“According to the UNWTO, in sure international locations,
tourism has almost twice as a lot of girls businesses whiles in other nations,
extra than 70 % of organization entrepreneurs are ladies, when compared to just about 20
% in other sectors of the economic climate.”
Mrs Oteng-Gyasi noted that in leadership women
had been extra likely to have a voice at the determination generating amount in tourism
organization association, and tourism governance than in any other sector.
She reported the tourism arts and society sector
presented a variety of entry points for women’s employment and options to
operate self-employment in tiny and medium size revenue building actions.
She, nonetheless, famous that, inspite of these
strengths and progress for girls, major inequality also persisted
and to much better deal with these inequalities, gender desired to be integrated into
tourism tasks models from inception.
She stated money generation opportunities for
women in tourism could be a lot more proficiently realised if the troubles
confronting gals business owners and company homeowners were being identified and
The sector Minister reported challenges these types of as
obtain to credit, administration schooling and obtain to market place remained substantial
difficulties to females in the tourism small and medium sector, indicating gals had been
endowed with entrepreneurial expertise wherever creative imagination and remuneration had been essential.
She urged ladies operating in the sector to
choose the commanding heights of business options in the sector by forming
partnerships both domestically and internationally with other productive enterprises
in the sector.
She expressed the hope that the summit would
make the system for stakeholders to deliberate on the critical troubles and
agree on a widespread roadmap to assist obtain gender equality and empower all ladies
The Minister billed them to arrive out with
reliable and definite actionable proposals for the empowerment of women of all ages in the
industry, assuring that the Ministry would appear at those proposals and obtain
the wanted and requisite attention for implementation to guarantee the accomplishment of
females organizations in the tourism sector.
Mr Akwesi Agyemang, Main Executive Officer,
GTA, mentioned tourism was regarded as as a person of the world’s biggest financial
stimulators, and the elevated contributions of females in the sector in new
several years had positively impacted the industry.
He said irrespective of their influence, gals continued
to be underrepresented in administration and management, declaring the intention of the
summit among others was to talk about how they could supply the enabling
environment to empower and persuade a lot more gals to attain the higher echelons of
He said the summit would not only concentration on
panel discussions, but serve as a system for gender education and learning,
and present understanding to help deal with inequalities and discrimination from
women of all ages in the tourism industry.