By Taiye Olayemi, Lagos.
Goge Africa and its partners have concluded plans to launch Destination West Africa Project (DWAP) to promote tourism, trade and investment in West Africa.
The Managing Director of Goge Africa, Nneka Isaac-Moses, disclosed this in statement on Saturday in Lagos.
According to her, the project is aimed at advocating inter-connectivity and economic linkages within West Africa and encourage West Africans to travel within the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) sub-region.
Isaac-Moses said that the project, to be launched on Sept. 24, would have “ECOWAS of the People: Tourism within the Sub-region, Prospects and Challenges” as its theme.
“Goge Africa and its project partners are set to launch DWAP in Lagos. This was initiated by Goge Africa and the event is scheduled for the Lekki Conservation Centre.
“The day’s programme will include activities marking this year’s World Tourism Day, whose theme is: ‘Rethinking Tourism’.
“DWAP seeks to, among other objectives, promote tourism, trade and investment opportunities in West Africa,” she said.
Besides, Isaac-Moses said that a DWAP team would embark on a weeklong tour/road show around ECOWAS member-countries, starting with Ghana.
She listed other countries to be visited as Senegal, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Benin, Togo and The Gambia.
“Among other things, the DWAP team will engage relevant institutions – public and private – to identify and explore strategic ways to lower the barriers that impede travels within West Africa.
“We will also participate in conferences, summits and similar gatherings to encourage travel professionals in West Africa to support regional domestic tourism and intra-Africa travels.
“The team’s experiences in each country will be reported on social media, multiple media platforms, including Goge Africa’s long-running culture and Tourism TV series.