An international tourism consultant, Alain St.Ange has informed that a proper data and real factual information are key to tourism development.
He made this known while delivering his speech as a Special Guest of Honour at the unveiling of the African Tourism Research Network recently.
The African organization was successfully launched on Wednesday 5th April, 2023 in Accra as non political, non religious and non governmental civil organisation (CSO) operating in the tourism, hospitality and travel sector .
ATRN is dedicated to advocating for higher standards in travel and tourism research, analysis and marketing. Also contributing to the advancement of tourism research on a national, regional and global scale bringing together the most talented and knowledgeable individuals in the travel and tourism research field.
Its members include the academia, professional tourism
practitioners, government and its agencies, research experts, network peers from across the globe.
The launch of ATRN in Accra saw an impressive line-up of speakers starting with Emmanuel Frimpong, the man behind the concept, Joseph Mensah-Ansah, Dr Kwesi Eyison, Devizes Kwame Owusu-Ansah and former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Minister, Seychelles, Alain St.Ange among others.
Alain St.Ange, who was invited to the podium as an expert in the field of tourism and travel delivered his speech in front of a packed conference room in his ‘trade mark’ known style of speaking from the heart with no written notes.
As he started to speak he managed to get everyone in the hall to relax and laugh out loudly when he referred to his family name ‘St.Ange’ saying that when translated into English it only said ‘Holly Angel’, highliting that it is expected that he is only met as a Saint and an Angel after death, but that today because if the importance of the event he was standing here in Accra.
The former Seychelles Minister who was one of the three candidate in the island’s last Presidential Elections spoke about the importance of every Ghanaian to stand behind their tourism industry adding that today’s launch of the ATRN was a big step in the consolidation of tourism, not as an activity, but as an industry.
“Proper data and real factual information is key to tourism growth. To know the importance of the industry every one must have credible information about relative facts and figures” St.Ange said as he congratulated Emmanuel Frimpong and his team.
Alain St.Ange also went on to push the ‘Buy Ghana’ concept as he developed the point around the great Ghana Cocoa industry and the excellent local chocolates.