The Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA) has concluded its 15th nationwide tour, dubbed, “Journey to the West,” aimed at unravelling the hidden gems of Ghana’s Western Region. From March 20th to 23rd, members embarked on a voyage of exploration, discovering the region’s rich cultural heritage and scenic landscapes.

“This tour marks another milestone in our ongoing mission to showcase Ghana’s diverse tourism offerings,” stated Mrs. Alisa Osei-Asamoah, President of TOUGHA. “With each excursion, we strive to unearth unique experiences while fostering domestic tourism and enriching the itineraries we offer to our clients.”

The journey commenced with visits to historic landmarks such as Fort Batenstein and Fort San Antonio De Axim, where participants delved into Ghana’s colonial past while soaking in the coastal charm of the region.

Day two unfolded with immersive encounters at Nzulezu Village, where the operators engaged with local communities residing on stilts, gaining insights into their traditional way of life. Exploring Fort Appolonia provided a glimpse into the architectural legacy of colonial rule, adding layers of historical context to the excursion.

In adherence to TOUGHA’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, Mrs. Alisa Osei-Asamoah led a charitable initiative, donating essential items and funds to the Nzema Manle Child and Vulnerable Care centre at Awiebo, underscoring the union’s dedication to supporting local communities.

The tour culminated in Takoradi, the regional capital, with a poignant visit to Nkroful, birthplace of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Amidst reflections on Nkrumah’s legacy, participants were treated to a dinner hosted by the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, fostering dialogue on the region’s tourism prospects.

In his interaction with the operators, the Minister commended them for taking the initiative to visit the region as he touted the area as a leading domestic tourism haven. He assured them of working closely with TOUGHA to promote and sell the Western Region’s diverse tourism offerings maintaining that not only is it true that “the best comes from the West,” but “the best is in the West.”

The final leg of the journey brought the group to the Bisa Aberwa Museum in Sekondi, a testament to Ghana’s struggle for independence. Hosted by Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhen of the Essikado Traditional Area, attendees gained profound insights into the nation’s history and the relentless pursuit of freedom.

Commenting on the tour’s significance, Mrs. Alisa Osei-Asamoah remarked, “Our visit to the Western Region has been both enlightening and inspiring. We leave with a renewed appreciation for Ghana’s cultural heritage and a commitment to crafting unforgettable experiences for travellers seeking to explore this captivating region.”

Joining TOUGHA were representatives of the Ghana Tourism Authority who were key partners of the four-day tour. The included Deputy CEO – Operations, Ekow Sampson, Naa Ashiorkor Otoo, Public Private Partnership Secretariat, Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi, Deputy Director, Domestic Marketing. Ekow Sampson commended TOUGHA for embracing the Authority’s “See Ghana, Share Ghana” campaign to advance the domestic tourism agenda.

As TOUGHA members return from their “Journey to the West,” anticipation builds for the unveiling of enticing travel packages that showcase the Western Region’s treasures, inviting adventurers to embark on their odyssey through Ghana’s cultural and tourism heartland.

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