Black heritage tour to focus on Ghana By Barbara Mays / July 27, 2001 Share 1 -- LOS ANGELES -- Black Meetings and Tourism (BM&T), a monthly publication based here that focuses on African-American conventions, incentives and leisure travel, will take its second annual Homecoming Heritage Tour to Ghana in February. The commissionable trip is scheduled for Feb. 9 to 16 to coincide with Black History Month in the U.S.Henderson Travel Services, a full-service travel agency based in Silver Spring, Md., is handling arrangements for the eight-day trip.The agency specializes in customized excursions to Africa and the Caribbean.According to Jake Henderson, vice president for Henderson Travel Services, the firm offers participants an affordable experience."Most of our overseas representatives and tour escorts are residents of that destination and have personal knowledge of the most exotic places to visit as well as the local history, culture, customs and shopping bargains that the casual visitor might miss," Henderson said.Last year, BM&T took its Homecoming Heritage Tour to Senegal and Gambia, both in West Africa.BM&T editor-in-chief Solomon Herbert described Ghana as one of the safest destinations in Africa."Our position has always been that information provided the general market in regard to Third World countries is not accurately reported," he said.He said news reports often are blown out of proportion, leaving many people afraid to travel to some countries.Ghana is considered to be politically stable, and the Gold Coast region is well-known for its culture, Herbert said."This heritage tour is truly an enlightening experience," he said."We've added a variety of new attractions, site tours, shopping opportunities and first-rate luxuries."Our improved pilgrimage to Ghana is one of the best and most affordable packages available to this part of Africa," he said.The rate of $2,148, double, includes a direct flight on Ghana Airways, five-star hotel accommodations, meals, sightseeing tours, English-speaking guides, transfers and all taxes.Among the highlights of the program are a full-day tour of Accra, the capital and largest city in Ghana, to see Black Star Square, the W.E.B. Dubois Center, Legion University, the Arts Center and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.From Accra, the tour journeys to Kumasi, the "Garden City" that recalls the days of the Ashanti empire, to visit the King's Palace, the National Cultural Center and Bonwire, home of the Kente cloth.A tour of Cape Coast features the centuries-old slave forts and castles that played a role in the slave and gold trades.Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle have been restored as Unesco World Heritage sites.Henderson Travel Services has been handling commercial, cultural and educational trips to Africa for more than 40 years.For additional information, call (800) 327-2309 or (301) 650-5700.