The Accra City Hotel, formerly Novotel Accra City Centre, has confirmed its partnership for the second edition of Accra Weizo which will hold on the 15th July 2016 at the La Palm Royal Beach Resort, Accra, Ghana.

The hotel is a 4-star hotel in the heart of the Ghanaian capital, located close to the city’s business and entertainment districts. It is just 2 km from the beach and 8 km or 15 minutes’ drive from Kotoka International Airport. Ideal for a business trip or holiday in Accra, the hotel has 196 rooms, an international and regional restaurant.

The six fully-equipped meeting rooms can welcome up to 100 guests for conferences and meetings; with a free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. The Second Accra Weizo is themed: “Seamless Travel in West-Africa”. It will be an in-depth look at ways to improve Travel and Tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa. Improving and simplifying airport and border processes; standardising Hotel and facilities for tourism through shared vision.

The Guest Speaker, Mr. Henock Teferra, a Master’s Degree holder in International Law from Universite de Nice, is the Managing Director of ASKY Airlines, ASKY Airlines is a pan Africa airline, based in Lome, Togo. Henock was Vice President in charge of strategy, communication, and alliances at Ethiopian Airlines, where he demonstrated a huge leadership ability. He is a top airline executive with solid experience and diplomatic skills. He will be speaking on the topic ‘The Challenges of Running a Successful Regional Airline in West Africa’, at the event.

Other speakers at this year’s event are the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors Limited, Captain Fola Akinkuotu and the Vice Chairman of SAHCOL, Mr. Chike Ogeah. Both have confirmed their attendance as speakers at the Second Accra Weizo. Captain Akinkuotu who was the former Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), is also a pilot, as well as flight and aircraft engineer, and has vast experience in the aviation industry will be heading the team of panelists which include several top aviation experts and government functionaries as they discuss and deal with issues that relate to the theme of this year’s event: ‘Seamless Travel in West-Africa.’

Ogeah served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd. Ogeah will be speaking on ‘Integrating Airport Operations in West Africa. Both men will join the Managing Director of ASKY Airlines, Mr. Henock Teferra, who is the key note speaker to at the Second Accra Weizo 2016. Mr. Ikechi Uko, the Organiser, said Accra Weizo is a one-day travel seminar, awards, exhibition and the objective is to improve travel and tourism growth in West Africa through easy access to towns and cities in West Africa. The event will be taking place at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana on the 15th of July, 2016 from 10am-4pm.

The West Africa Award (Balafon) will hold at 5pm, with award categories to include: West Africa Tourism Man of the Year, West Africa Aviation Man of the Year, West African Personality of the Year and Top 50 Hotels in West Africa. La Palm Royal Beach will host the Carnivore night by 7pm. The Target audience is Travel Professionals in West Africa. Over 150 Travel Professionals are expected from all over West-Africa.

According to Mr. Uko, other discussants will include, MD Arik Air, MD AWA, and MD Air Cote d’lvoire who are also expected to speak at the event. Also invited is the DG, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority as the Chairman of the event, while the Special Guest of Honour will be the DG, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. The 2nd Session of the event will commence by 1:30pm with the Topic “West Africa As A Destination”. The first paper will be Challenges of West Africa as a Destination. There will be case studies from the East Africa example, and The SADC example.

The maiden edition of Accra Weizo in 2015, attracted some global rated expert like Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional-Head, IATA for Africa and the Middle East. She spoke on Intra Africa Air Connectivity, the facts, Challenges and Benefits. Mr. Frank Nneji, Managing Director, ABC Transport Limited, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Founder Kasapreko Company Limited, Femi Adefope- Head HRG & GSA Delta Airlines in Nigeria were all Speakers at Accra Weizo 2015. The event is in partnership with Tour operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA) and the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP). The event would feature private tours, Ghana. Weizo is an event from the organizers of African Travel Market, Lagos -the only International Travel Fair in West Africa recognized by UNWTO and Abuja Bantaba, Abuja-Nigeria.