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
The agency specializes in customized excursions to Africa and
According to Jake Henderson, vice president for Henderson Travel
Services, the firm offers participants an affordable
"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,"
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
"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
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)