The maiden edition of the Youth in Tourism Festival (YOTOFEST), an initiative aimed at ensuring effective youth participation towards a desirable internal tourism development has been launched.
The festival falls in direct line with government’s policy of securing the total development of Ghanaians from the very grass roots through tourism.
Various stakeholders including the Minister of Tourism, Catherine Afeku graced the event held at the Arts Centre in Accra.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister, Catherine Afeku described the initiative as a “beacon of hope” which will ensure development in the tourism sector.
“We hail the prime objective of the society to ensure objective of the society to ensure effective youth to sustainable tourism from grassroots.
“This endeavour falls in direct line with policy of our present government as a regime that stands tall in securing the total development of the Ghanaian people from the very grassroots,” she said.
The highlight of the event saw the Executive Director of Tourism Society of Ghana, Joseph Amartey being honoured for his efforts at promoting tourism in Ghana.
Mr. Amartey, who shed tears of joy after the unexpected honour, promised to intensify efforts at promoting the Ministry’s domestic tourism agenda by rallying support from various stakeholders in the industry.
Mr. Amartey said the newly launched YOTOFEST initiative will play a key role in presenting a networking social platform about its awareness creation, especially about DOMESTIC tourism development.
“This maiden occasion presents the national platform for us the loving people of Ghana to initiate and embrace a popular forum towards the progressive and systematic emancipation of our rich indigenous culture, the holistic impact off heritage values for the purposeful restoration of youthful exuberance and a resilient society for all.”
There are series of activities planned for the Youth in Tourism Festival which begins in March next year with a tour across all ten regions of the country.