The “Aviator Magazine” was launched in Accra on Wednesday to address some of the challenges in the reportage of aviation, tourism and hospitality industry issues.

Typical of these challenges is the terminologies used in the industry which may not be familiar to some media personnel.
Mr Enimil Ashon, Managing Editor of the Magazine, said with a dizzying leap of 22 airlines operating at the Kotoka International Airport from 2008 to 33 in 2011 shows that the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors are growing.
He said last year saw three new airlines on Ghana’s domestic skies and at least, three more are expected to come on board this year.
Mr Ashon made this known at the launch of the magazine in Accra.
He said statistics from the African Airlines Association Africa indicates that market share in the aviation industry is only two to three per cent of the global market.

The World Tourism Organisation figures estimate 625 million tourist travelled worldwide in 1998 generating about $445 billion with Africa receiving nearly eight per cent of the global tourist trips.
Mr Ashon said the publishers of the Aviator would organise annual lectures on topics of relevance in the aviation; tourism and hospitality sectors.
“The sector needs such a platform to throw in fruitful ideas from its connected and well travelled players to widen everybody’s scope.”
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Transport in a speech read on his behalf said Ghana’s aviation and air travel industry stands out as one of the fastest growing and perhaps the most competitive in the West African sub-region.
He said the media had a critical role to play in Ghana’s quest to develop Accra as a hub of air transport to open up the economy through trade and tourism.
Alhaji Dauda said the Aviator would complement government’s effort in educating stakeholders of the roles they have to play in realising the dream.
He said the coming of magazine onto the newsstands is timely: “I encourage the editors to make it their duty to tell the untold stories in the tourism and aviation sector to the public.”
“I also encourage management of the magazine not to relent on their efforts in advancing their vision, and also appeal to stakeholders in the aviation and tourism sectors for their collaboration with the Aviator in moving forward the Better Ghana Agenda.”
Alhaji Dauda said the Ministry of Transport is planning a series of workshops for media interactions with experts in the industry to get them acquainted with the terminologies to enhance their reportage.
Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey (Rtd), Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority said his outfit is engaged in educating the public on the gains and safety of the aviation industry.
He noted that the aviation industry was the list understood industry in the world and called for much awareness creation and development through stakeholders in the industry.
Commodore Mamphey said the industry in Ghana is experiencing the fastest growth in the domestic sector as more companies are interested to operate in the country.
The magazine was launch by Rev Dr Joyce Aryee, Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministry.
She said: “I hope that this will help broaden the ideas of travellers and stakeholders in the aviation, tourism and hospitality industries and create more avenues for development.” GNA

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