The Ghana Tourism Authority, GTA, has hosted a Tripartite Breakfast Meeting with some key hoteliers and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2021 FIG Working Week at the Accra Tourist Information Center (ATIC), Accra.
The meeting organized on behalf of the FIG Working Week LOC was to brief the industry on Ghana winning the rights to host and organise the FIG Working Week, 2021 in Accra and explore possibilities for globally competitive hotel rates for the event.
In a presentation, the LOC chairman, Mr Kwame Tenadu, Snr., pointed out that hosting the FIG Working Week in 2021 will “afford Ghana a global platform over the next four years (2018-2021) to showcase Accra as a preferred conferencing destination, with an increasing global hotel brand franchises for accommodation and unique rich cultural heritage and tourism sites as side attractions for participants to tour.”
He added that hosting of the annual FIG Working Week are competed for by cities with the rights awarded in batches of four years, meaning Accra 2021 will be preceded by Istanbul (Turkey) 2018, Hanoi (Vietnam) 2019 and Amsterdam (Netherlands) 2020 to give the LOC the opportunity to showcase Ghana to the growing participants at these venues.
Ghana won the rights to host and organise the 2021 FIG Working Week by beating Krakow, Poland last year, 2017 at the Helsinki, Finland edition with a joint bid by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) and the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG).
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, Ag. Chief Executive Officer of the GTA and chairman of the Hospitality Sub-Committee of the FIG Working Week 2021 Accra, reemphasized the importance of ensuring that participants and all tourists for the Conference are accorded the requisite courtesies befitting their statuses for the two weeks period of the Conference by the Hospitality sector.
Over thirty-five (35) Accra-based hotels and conference centres of different classifications were represented at the Tripartite Breakfast Meeting. Also present were Surv. Yvonne Sowah, Surv. Gustav Asamoah, Mrs. Yvonne Danquah Boakye, Ms. Ethel Danquah, Ms. Beatrice Appiah and Magnus RexDanquah (Event Coordinator) – all members of the Local Organizing Committee for FIG Working Week 2021 Accra.
The FIG Working Week is an annual premier and flagship event of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). It represents the interests of surveyors worldwide. FIG is a United Nations and World Bank recognized non-governmental organization of national member associations and other affiliated members from over 120 countries, and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community, hereunder surveying, cadaster, valuation, national mapping professionals, geodesy, geospatial experts and quantity surveyors.
It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards alongside exploring touristic destinations of the host country.
Previous hosts of the FIG Working Week include Bulgaria 2015, New Zealand 2016, and Finland 2017.