The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) under the auspices of the Ministry
of Tourism, Arts and Culture, (MoTAC) is set to host the first Regional Congress on Women in
tourism Empowerment programme (WITEP), which is an African centred initiative.
The main objective of this maiden all-important congress in the country is to brainstorm on the
inhibiting factors and opportunities for women’s empowerment in the tourism sector and to
create a synergy within the African region and other players in the industry, for their economic
The congress also seeks to provide the platform for women in technology in Africa, to showcase
their vision for a more inclusive, sustainable and competitiveness in the tourism sector.
This important programme is expected to come-off from 25-27th November 2019 in Accra.
The congress received an endorsement from the recently concluded 23rd General Assembly held in
Saint Petersburg, Russia, when the Secretary-General presented it as part of the activities to be
held in Africa.
As part of the preparation towards hosting the event in Ghana, UNWTO delegation visited
Ghana in September, this year, during which the delegation called on the Minister of Tourism,
Arts and Culture. Honourable. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi, at her office.
Hon. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi who was enthused about the forthcoming event in Ghana
stressed that Government under H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo was committed to
addressing the Socio-Cultural and economic issues affecting the development of women in
Ghana and Africa.
“I am confident the conference has come at an opportune time and will afford Ghana, Africa and
the world an opportunity to discuss and have an inclusive approach towards women in the tourism
sector. We look forward to engaging stakeholders to support and increase the participation of
women in education, entrepreneurship and leadership “she remarked.
Meanwhile, all 54 African countries Tourism Ministers are expected to grace this all
an important event and Seven Hundred (700) participants across the world have also confirmed