I am glad to welcome you to the new website of the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF). GHATOF is the highest organization established to champion the cause of the private sector in Ghana’s tourism industry.
Membership of GHATOF, known as the Governing Council, is comprised of the Presidents of the various trade associations engaged either directly or indirectly in the tourism industry and meets regularly to discuss issues confronting the tourism industry and to consider possible ways of addressing such issues.
Since its formation, GHATOF, like all infant organizations faced many challenges in terms of weaknesses and constraints. However, today, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations (MTDR), I am pleased to announce that great strides have been taken to remedy some of these problems so as to strengthen and move the organization forward to be able to fulfill its aims of ensuring that the tourism sector is properly focused and tuned-up to achieve the goals for which it was set up by the MTDR towards the maintenance of standards among member associations and due compliance of regulations pertaining to the industry.
In addition to learning from one other, other roles of GHATOF include lobbying, advocacy, marketing and promotion as well as influencing legislations that impact on the business activities of member associations.
In line with the new structuring, I would like to sincerely thank the MTDR for their continuous support including the facilitating of the JICA technical co-operation project towards the implementation of Tourism Development through strengthening of Public-Private Partnership in Ghana.
We are also grateful to other development partners such as the Dutch Development Agency (SNV) and other corporate bodies and urge others to emulate their shining examples and help move the sector forward.