South West: MINTOUL celebrates 37th Edition of World Tourism Day in Pomp and pageantry
-Miss Tourism South West wins, crowned Miss Tourism Cameroon
By Solomon Agborem
The South West Regional Delegation of Tourism and Leisure has celebrated the 37th Edition of World Tourism Day in fanfare, pomp and pageantry. The event which took place at the Regional Delegation of Tourism and Leisure and Chariot Hotel also saw the selection of Miss South West Tourism 2016 in Buea. The week was very hectic and rewarding with many competing for Miss Tourism that saw 22 years old Enanga Ndolo Mbessa emerged as winner, beating other competitors to the ground in a heavily attended ceremony.
Welcoming the guests at the event, Mme Quan Efeti Monono the Regional Delegate of Tourism and Leisure for South West who is just eight months old in office thanked the various stakeholders for coming out en masse to make the day great. She said the tourism week commenced with a discovery walk through the Tourist City of Buea, the election of a Miss Tourism South West plus several round table discussions on radio to sensitize and educate the general public on the vantage position South West Region has in terms of Tourist potentials in the country.
Explaining the theme “Tourism for all, promoting universal accessibility” she said it deals with the inclusive aspect of Tourism and reminds all, irrespective of their physical and financial status they can enjoy benefit more by participating in tourism driven programmes. Mme Quan Efeti added that the success of her first ever public events since she took over office was thanks to series of several preparatory meetings and the mastery of what exactly had to be done to achieve results.
Speaking to The Star on the solution of the Miss Tourism South West for 2016, Mme Quan said the process was very meticulous and the jury selected just the best to represent the South West at the national level. Talking about the level of preparations, less than 52 days to the Female African cup of Nations, the Regional Delegate insisted that the Region is in top gear in terms of readiness, added that other sectors should also join the bang-wagon to harness collective efforts and machinery already put in place by the State. She was full of laudations for the Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure H.E. Bello Bouba Maigari for his regular visits to ensure works on the hotels are completed in record time.
On his part, the representatives of the Governor of the South West Region Tata Julius, Head of Divisional Socio-cultural Affairs at the South West Governor`s office saluted the commitment of the Tourism stakeholders, especially the dynamic Regional Delegate for her high sense of organization. He assured them of government’s on-going efforts to improve the sector within the framework of Vision 2035 decreed by the Head of State Paul Biya. He used the occasion to call on those in the hospitality industry to remain professionals at their various facilities.
Highlights of the 37th edition of the World Tourism Day Celebration in Buea were a visit to exhibition stands with information on various tourist attractions such as Bimbia Slave Trade Centre, Reunification Monument, Idenau lava flow, Mount Cameroon, Korup National Park among others. The event was animated by Lifica Choral group of Bokwango.
At the end of the weeklong activities, the Regional Delegate Mme Quan Efeti thanked all those who assisted her to make the tourism week a huge success, being her very first major event since she was appointed Regional Delegate.