Tourism marketing organization South African Tourism (SAT) is expected to participate in the 5th Accra Weizo forum scheduled to take place at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on June 28-29. The forum is an annual event that gathers tourism trade professionals from the West African sub-region. According to organisers Jedidah Promotions Limited, this year’s event will bring together over 150 major players in travel and tourism from across other parts of the continent and the globe as well. South African Tourism is very happy to exhibit and showcase South Africa to the West African market as the preferred destination for leisure and business travel. “Having taken part in Accra Weizo in previous years, we feel proud to be associated again and to expose our beautiful country to the Ghanaian market and to give them a reason to choose South Africa for either leisure or business travels,” West Africa Regional Manager of South African Tourism Thekiso Rakolojane said. He further said South Africa has an objective to improve travel across the Africa region and he believes that taking part in this year’s Accra Weizo Travel Expo would go a long way to help ensure this goal is met. “We believe that when travel succeeds in Africa, South Africa would have succeeded as well and so in all our efforts, we try to help grow travel across the region. “Accra Weizo affords us the opportunity to tell the story of our beautiful country to delegates who would be in a position to share with their clients, the variety that South African travel offers,” he stressed. South African Tourism will mount a stand at Accra Weizo to showcase to participants and visitors what South Africa has to offer, including wine, wild life, mountains, townships, the people, food, beaches, heritage, culture, conferencing and many other experiences awaiting leisure and business travelers. The organisers say that this year’s forum has over 250 travel professionals invited from all over Africa including airlines, hotels, tour operators, destinations and tourism boards. Guests at the Weizo Travel Expo are scheduled to be hosted to a familiarization trip by the Ghana Tourism Authority from June 25 to 27, and officials of South African Tourism will take part in the trip to learn about Ghana. The event this year, which is being organised in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and fully supported by Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), will be made up of seminars, awards, wine tasting, and cultural displays by different countries, as well as products review.