AFCON 2016: Minister of State Sets Rules At Buea Seminar
Two-day’s brainstorming sets stage for better reception, management
Service Providers bradawl on commendable services, hospitality, security, et al
By Theodore Mih Ndze
The Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure, H.E. Bello Bouba Maigari, has called on Service Providers to ensure that the African Female Football Competition, (AFCON), is highly successful. He was speaking at the Buea Mountain Hotel conference hall last week, during a two-day seminar organized to sensitize service providers grouping Hotel Directors, Managers, Staffs, security officers, local council authorities and many others, on how to better manage their various sectors for a successful AFCON 2016.
The Minister of State said Cameroon is a peace-loving nation, full of touristic sites besides several outstanding attractions, and above all the light of our renowned and legendary hospitality which is expected to host guests from all walks of life from the African Continent. He called on all service providers to make the country proud before and after the competition that begins from November 17 and ends on December 3, 2016.
According to the Minister of State, Cameroon will be a great beneficiary as host, if all hands are on deck to ensure the success of the event that brings Africa together. Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, Directors and other senior staff from the Ministry, the Minister of State dished out rules and directives on how the numerous guests will be received and accommodated. South West Governor who was unavoidably absent, was represented by the Secretary General in the Governor’s office, Clement Fon Ndikum, the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako, Georges Zang III, Divisional Officer for Buea, municipal authorities, security operatives, the media and traditional rulers.
During the seminar coordinated by the Communication Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, Epoune Serge Eric, the seminar participants were also schooled on management techniques, presentation, communication with clients, and coordinated acceptable services. There was a question-and- answer session during the two-day seminar with responsible officials from MINTOURL who did not mince words in responding and asserting further directives.
After the seminar which participants left very satisfied, the Minister of State took off time to visit the Mountain Hotel, Parliamentarian Flats’ Hotel, Buea, and Atlantic Beach hotel, Limbe, which is still under construction. Some aides, close to the Minister of State, said he was visibly satisfied with the level of work done.
Fako, many say, is fast becoming the fortress of development with many activities and events taking place in the oil rich Division. Reunification celebrations took place in Buea in 2014, with a lot of development projects put in place in terms of roads, bridges, renovation works and improvement of some tourist sites.
With the hosting of the African Female Football Competition (AFCON) 2016, new hotels have been built, others renovated, roads under construction and football stadium constructed with four training football fields in Limbe and Buea. The City of Limbe is also expected to have new buses, provided by government, to transport guests during the competition.