GTA Ladies Club Holds Biennial Congress at Kwahu
The Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Mr Akwasi Agyeman, has urged women in tourism to work hand in hand to break the stereotypes that holds women down.
He said “we need more of our women to rise to positions of authority that will enable them influence policies, especially those that will affect the fortunes of other women.”
Mr Agyeman made this observation at the just ended biennial congress of the GTA Ladies Club.
The congress is aimed at bringing members across the regions together to ascertain how best to help the organization achieve its goals, to look at ways of empowering each other and to exchange views and ideas aimed at improving the welfare of female staff.
He congratulated the Club for their commitment and efforts towards the successful operations of the GTA and urged them not to relent in their efforts to creating a more formidable force of the Authority.
Mrs. Doreen Fianko, Founder of the Club said there were many conscious and unconscious biases around women, which hinders their progressive forward movement.
“This is the reason why women need to be empowered to equip and allow them to redefine their gender roles and to make strategic life choices which will allow them more freedom to pursue their desired goals.”
Mrs. Emma Rachael Akua Oduro, Outgoing President of the Club urged women in the Tourism, Arts, Culture and Hospitality industry in Ghana, to mentor and coach one another through support groups in order to meet up with the growing demands within the industry.
She said the club was formed over two decades ago to among other things improve the welfare of the female staff through the exchange of ideas, promote the image and advancement of members as well as to assist the management in pursuance of basic objective of the Authority and offer constructive suggestions and criticisms.
The Ladies’ Club has a membership of almost two hundred (200) members drawn from all the sixteen regions of Ghana.
Some activities that took place during the congress include, leadership training programme, empowerment summit, a donation exercise, election and swearing in of new executives, tour and picnic.
The newly sworn in executives include Madam Francesca Quansah, President, Ms Abigail Kwayisi, Vice President, Madam Selase Tettevi, Organizer, Nana Yaa Boadu, Assistant Organizers, Madam Millicent Nweada, Public Relations Officer, Madam Ellen Gyeambea, Secretary, and Madam Dela Melchidek, Financial Secretary.
20 Photos That Tell The Ghana Paragliding Development Story
“The paragliding festival has become one of the main pillars of the celebration of Easter in Kwahu. Over the past 15 years, the Odweanoma mountain has been home to several exciting paragliding flights. Since 2017, when we expanded the take off point to allow up to four take-offs at a time, the flights per day during Easter has increased from an average of twenty (20) to sixty (60). The infrastructural additions to the site is part of a plan to make the Kwahu Ridge enclave an all-year-round tourism destination” – Akwasi Agyeman (CEO-GTA)
Here is how Paragliding started and how we have created a world-class site for adventure sports tourism thanks to the late Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey his Special Assistant Ferdinand Ayim, also of blessed memory who together with many others led by lead Pilot Walter Nesser helped kick-start the festival to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.
Last Major Hurdle For Take-Off…
In April 2005, the first Paragliding Festival was launched by the late former Vice President, his Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.
The Opening Ceremony…
The chiefs were there to offer libation as well as political heads and tourism officials
The First Flights…
After the ceremonies and speeches, things went underway.
First Cameraman To Brave The Odds…
The Inquisitive Public Applauded…
Others Tried To View From The Corners without any safe and secure place to stand…
Then the first view from the sky (2005) dropped
We Invited More Pilots (6) in 2006 and grassed the take-off site
We provided a viewing/seating platform on both sides for Viewing Public in 2010
We then took steps to start training Ghanaian Pilots…
We then focused on more public centered facilities from 2017
Expanded/Re-grassed take-off to take 4 tandem-gliders for launch
Construction of Permanent Viewing and Seating Pavillion
Provision of a modern washroom facility
Food court for catering services
New VIP lounge
A paved and gated compound
Cheers to our next big move…
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