The Tourism Society of Ghana (TOSOGHA) in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Year of Return Steering Committee has launched the Youth in Tourism Festival (YOTOFEST) in Accra.
The festival is expected to allow the youth to participate in the year-long commemoration of the ‘Year of Return Ghana 2019’.
The upcoming event, slated for July 18-20, this year, will include series of programmes such as public lectures, workshop, exhibitions, musical jamboree and excursions.
Speaking at the launch, CEO of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, urged the youth to pay attention to the job creation potentials of the industry.
Mr Agyeman maintained that the industry did not only provide jobs for food vendors but also improved the transport business as well as education through the tourism educational sites.
“I want you to look at the career choices in Tourism as you consider job plans in the future. The sector holds a number of jobs for you,” he said.
TOSOGHA currently boasts of 314 tourist clubs in the various basic, secondary and tertiary educational institutions.
On the Year of Return Ghana, he tasked the youth to tap into its benefits since the country was going to experience an increase in the number of tourists and visitors.
Mrs Olivia Opoku Adman, Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who performed the launch, commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for not leaving the youth behind in celebrating the Year of Return.
Youth Tourism Ambassador and Executive Director of TOSOGHA, Joseph Amartey said YOTOFEST would bring about a careful selection of music legendries who would assist the youth to appreciate and acknowledge heritage values and moral etiquettes.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe