By Mohamed Faray Kargbo
Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs is set to organize the first national tourism local governance conference.
The two-day event which takes place on Thursday and Friday 12 & 13 March, 2020 is geared towards promoting and developing domestic tourism. The event would attract Paramount Chiefs and local authorities, tribal heads, administrators, wildlife conservationists and many others in the field of tourism and hospitality.
At the end of the conference, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Memunatu Pratt will designate participants as Tourism Ambassadors while simultaneously challenging them to take action to promote tourism and hospitality management in their communities.
The ministry is aware that action needs to be taken to improve the domestic tourism policy to ensure that more and more Sierra Leoneans engage in domestic tourism.
President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio is expected to deliver the keynote address at the launch of the tourism local governance conference.
The conference is a precursor to the declaration of 2020 as a year of domestic tourism which would be done before the country’s 59th independence anniversary.
The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board, Monuments and Relics Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The Julius Maada Bio led administration promised to diversify the country’s economy by providing the enabling environment for tourism to thrive.