TRADE Relations Manager of South Africa Embassy, Mr Mohmmed Tanko Kwajaffa has advised tour operators to package their programmes well to attract the right people and increase their patronage. He made the call at the passing out ceremony for eleven graduates for SA Specialists Online Course for tour operators in Kumasi.
He said some patrons may require a family package and if their destinations do not have anything that would attract a family, they would not subscribe to the package.
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According to him, tour operators should be innovative and study the market well before coming out with packages.
The course was to expose the SA Specialists to the tourism opportunities in South Africa and how to package the products to attract patrons.
The course is organised by the South African Tourism in collaboration with the South Africa Airways.
Mr Kwajaffa stressed the need for the operators to build contact with local tour operators and facility owners to provide them with good incentive packages.
He also took the new SA Specialists through how to apply for visas and how to guide their clients through the process.
The Ashanti Regional chairman of the Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), Mr Ahmed Naamann implored the operators in the region to join the association to make the secretariat functional.
He stressed the need for them to come together to have a common mouthpiece to champion their concerns.
A lucky draw of names of the SA specialists saw two of the grandaunts winning an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa by courtesy of South African Tourism, South African Airways and other partners.
Also present at the ceremony, which took place at the Golden Bean Hotel, were Mr. Kwesi Eyison, President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), Madam Sylvia Tumi, Sales Executive Manager of South Africa Airways, Madam Jennifer Awoh, Marketing and Communications Officer, West Africa, for South African Tourism.