The City of Miami in the United States of America has appointed Ambassador Nancy Sam as the new Tourism Ambassador for Miami-Dade County in Florida.
The announcement of her appointment was made on Friday, when a 30-member high-powered government delegation including three commissioners from the Miami-Dade County in Florida, visited Ghana to connect with their heritage as well as partner with various government institutions and the private sector in the area of seaport, maritime, aviation and tourism.
Ambassador Nancy Sam is expected to help promote tourism between Ghana and Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County is a province located in the southeastern part of the American state of Florida.
It has a population of about 2,701,767 as of the 2020 census, making it the most populous county in Florida and the seventh-most populous county in the whole of the United States of America (USA).
Commissioner Oliver G. Gilbert III, who presented the certificate as a confirmation of her appointment, said Ambassador Nancy Sam had impacted positively, the facilitation and promotion of tourism in Miami-Dade, adding that her role in women empowerment and entrepreneurship was worth acknowledging.
Speaking to the media after the announcement, Ambassador Nancy Sam, who is also the President of Women in Tourism Ghana, narrated how she was the first Ghanaian who began the promotion of tourism to the United States in 1992, by doing student exchange programmes to Disney World Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and New York.
She expressed her gratitude to the delegation for the confidence reposed in her, adding that her hard work is yielded positive results.
She promised to bring her over 30 years of expertise to bear to help promote and explore tourism, investment and trade between Miami-Dade County and Ghana and West Africa.
Ambassador Nancy Q. Sam advised the Miami-Dade County delegation to connect with the Diaspora Africa Forum (DAF), which is the only embassy for the diaspora situated in Ghana, to establish their linkages on the African continent.
Officials from the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), who also welcomed the Miami-Dade delegation, promised to support all their tourism activities to promote the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative.
Ambassador Nancy Sam is the Vice-President of the Economic Community for the West Africa States (ECOWAS) Tourism Private Sector Confederation and the Chief Executive Officer of Staple Travel and Tours, one of the leading companies located in Accra.
She is the past President of the Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), a position she has held for two terms, and the Treasurer of the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) from 2014 to 2018.
She was honoured in April 2008 by then-New York senator Ruth Hassel Thompson for promoting heritage tourism between Ghana and New York.