The award which would be organised every two years, is the first of its kind to be initiated by GHATOF in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, is to encourage innovativeness, professionalism and high standards among practitioners in the tourism sector.
Mr David Nana Anim, the President of GHATOF, in an address said the nominations would be closed on August 2, and the proposed date for the Award ceremony is on October 14, at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
He explained that a five-member panel of judges would be constituted to vet the nominations, after, which an additional two-member judge would be appointed to validate the vetted nominations.
He said a National Planning Committee, made up of representatives of the key stakeholders in the key tourism sector have also been constituted to see to the effective planning of the programme.
The Awards he said would comprise Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, as well as statuettes including the bust and full statutes of winners, to be exhibited at the National Museum by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board.
Nana Bright Oduro Kwateng, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, who inaugurated a seven-member Organising Committee for the Awards, to be chaired by Mr Jonny Morreas, a Tourism Practitioner, commended GHATOF for the initiative.
He urged the Committee to work hard to ensure the success of the event, and also called for massive sponsorship for the programme, which would be rewarding through the various media exposures to be benefited from.
Nana Oduro Kwateng said boosting tourism requires massive private sector leadership and investment, as well as effective partnership with state institutions in order to create the needed policy environment for employment, enhance revenue and the development of the country’s numerous tourist attraction sites among other things.
He asked GHATOF to devout much attention to capacity building of its members, ensure better remuneration of workers, maintain high service quality including good customer relation, observe high environmental cleanliness, as well as well as basic health care and hygiene of workers and players, to maintenance standards and promote excellence in tourism for national development.