Ghana Tourism Federation elects new managers
The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) has elected new managers to manage the affairs of the federation for the next two years.
Mr Charles Adu Gyamfi of the Progressive Hotels Association of Ghana was elected the President of the Association while Mr Kwaku Passah Snr of the Guides Association was elected as the Vice President.
Mr Ahmed Naamann of Dodi Travel and Tours was elected Treasurer and Mrs Beatrice Naa Ayeley Atsere of Ghana Traditional Caterers Association as Financial Secretary.
Madam Stella Appenteng, Chairperson of the Electoral Committee, said the election was based on the 2022 constitution of the federation and they were elated with the success of the election as they hoped the association would grow to appreciable levels.
She said: “We came up with a nomination form, five people came up with it, we had a background check and through that one person dropped out. As an umbrella body we need to test the integrity of anyone competing for any position to set a good pace and hopefully the future is bright.”
Mrs Appenteng urged the newly elected executives to work as a team. “It’s a team effort, so no one is carrying everything on their chest. Be transparent, discuss more and feel free to have larger delegations in meetings to create a formidable Association moving forward.”
Madam Bella Ahu, the outgoing president, congratulated the newly elected official and urged them to take up the mantle of the federation above, work seriously with the public sector and ensure that both parties work towards tourism development.
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She said the election was a test of the new constitution of the federation and urged the newly elected officials to follow the constitution for GHATOF to achieve its goals.
Madam Ahu also urged the newly elected executives to work hard to involve all trade associations in the sector so that the sector can grow together.
“With over 30 trade associations, you can’t please everyone, but with a lot of commitment, understanding and commitment, you would be able to come out strong and be one.”
Mr. Charles Adu Gyamfi, the newly elected President, expressed his appreciation to the delegates for the confidence they have placed in him to lead the association for the next two years and assured them that he and his team will provide strong leadership to meet their expectations.
He said: “GHATOF is an umbrella organization of different trade associations with different needs and we hope to unite them all so that we become one unit fighting in a common direction.
He said currently the Federation has 30 trade associations but only 20 are actively in the system and promised that as part of their work they will work to win them all back and invite more to join.
“It is difficult to deal with any human institution, but in cooperation with all of them, we hope to use the qualities of all so that together we can achieve our goal,” he said.