2011 World Tourism Day Celebrations Launched
Launching World Tourism Day, at the Meet the Press series, the Minister for Tourism, Akua Sena Dansua said that in 2010, tourism contributed about 6.2 to GDP, generating US$1.8 billion, creating jobs for 291,000 Ghanaians.
Some of the programmes highlights of the celebration include tour of Tourist Sites in the area, Folk music and dance competition, Exhibition of Handicrafts, Artifacts & Fine Art, Gastronomy (Local Food) Bazaar, and Grand Durbar of Chiefs & People at the venue.
The Minister stated, with the Passage of the National Tourism Bill by Parliament into Law, the GHANA TOURISM ACT 817 OF 2011, had established the Ghana Tourism Authority which aims to promote the sustainable development of Tourism in the country and also established the Tourism
Development Fund whose objective is to provide funding for Tourism and Tourism related projects and programmes.
“The tourism sector also stimulates the growth in the agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transport and the services sectors among others. It boosts micro, small and medium scale enterprises particularly hotels, restaurants, entertainment/ recreational centers, handicrafts, souvenir, markets and shopping maul. Besides its economic values, it is a tool for environmental conservation and preservation of local culture.” she noted.
The Minister noted that the 15 Year National Tourism Development Plan (1996-2010) and the 5-year Strategic Tourism Action Plan (2003-2007) is to be reviewed. She noted that under Medical and Health tourism, the Korle-bu Teaching hospital is well equipped with surgeons for the treatment of cardio vascular, spinal, terminal diseases as well as plastic surgery which are well patronised by patients from within and outside Africa.
She made also made mention of the Mampong Center for Scientific Research into Plant medicine and General herbal and traditional medicine practise, as well as the Holy Trinity Spa and Health farm at Sogakofe.
Listing key achievements of the Ministry, she said two new tourist receptive facilities are under construction at Axim and Kpetoe;also the construction of an Accra Visitor’s Information Centre being funded from the Japanese Government, to ensure efficient tourism information dissemination to all tourists who come to Accra;
The Minister also mentioned the Development of “Thank You Small Libraries ” in the Communities which is In collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO); and the ‘Discover Ghana’ billboards at entry and exit points in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions to enhance patronage of tourist sites in the regions.