Mr. John Asare Baiden, a Member of the Governing Council for the University of Energy and Natural Resources UENR has commended the University for launching a book on tourism in the Brong Ahafo Region within a relatively short period of its existence.
He made the commendation at the launch of a book titled “tourism development in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region: Demand and Supply Dynamics” edited by Dr Ohene Akyeampong of the Department of Hospitality and Ecotourism at the Sunyani Campus.
Mr Baiden said per the launch, UENR has proved to be a giant in knowledge dissemination within five years of its existence.
The Council Member who described the book as a must read for all, irrespective of one’s background, said he got to know that Ghana was sitting on white gold through the book and entreated the general public to patronize the book.
Prof. Harrison Dapaah, Vice-Chancellor of the University, in a short address said the launch of the book demonstrates the commitment of the University of Energy and Natural Resources to promote and document issues of tourism in the Brong Ahafo region.
He stated that the book would benefit all categories of readers like tourists, students and researchers adding that, the book throws more light on tourism in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Dr. Oheneba Akwasi Acheampong, the editor of the book said it took the writers nearly eleven months to complete, starting from collection of data, write up, editing and proof reading. He further said the examination of the book revealed that in spite of the contribution of tourism in the country, there are very few works on tourism in Brong Ahafo Region and hoped that the book would fill the void.
He acknowledged management of UNER for providing material and moral support, especially the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harrison Dapaah and his immediate predecessor, the Registrar, Mr. A K Boateng and the Department of Hospitality and Ecotourism for their contribution towards the book.
The Chairman for the occasion, Mr. Osei Kwadwo Hayford in his closing remarks commended the University for launching such a book and hoped it will contribute towards the understanding of tourism in the region.