President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government remains committed to developing Ghana’s tourism sector and would ensure that it makes the desired impact in tandem with other critical sectors of the economy.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, at the 15th Edition of the Ghana Tourism Awards in Accra last Friday, the President noted that the tourism sector under his government was receiving the needed push with the sector ministry elevated to cabinet status.
The Awards were held on the theme, “Celebrating Our Heritage.”
He, however, indicated that he has been following keenly the various activities happening under the tourism sector such as the Year of Return project with the TINA festival, the black history month celebration of the African American Association of Ghana and the Back to Africa activities.
He added that the ministry is improving several tourist sites such as the Axim Fort St. Antonio project, Assin Manso Slave River project, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Bunso Aboretrem, Kintampo waterfalls and the Elmina Heritage Bay project.
This, he said is in line with the ongoing destination single window automation programme and the marketing programmes such as visit Ghana, see Ghana, eat Ghana, wear Ghana and feel Ghana which are all part of integral plans to transform the sector.
He reiterated that “the ongoing $40million World Bank Tourism development programme is also an added bonus to this drive to make our Tourism sector grow.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr Akwasi Agyeman disclosed that tourism had in the past two years seen growth, with visitor arrivals soaring by 15 per cent while licensed accommodation facilities grew by 22 per cent and visitations to tourist sites were up 26 percent.