2014 Kwahu Paragliding Festival set to take off

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), says all is set for the ninth Kwahu Paragliding Festival scheduled from Friday  April 18 to Tuesday April 22 April at Atibie-Kwahu.

It says preparations at the take-off point at Atibie have taken shape and this year’s event has a special addition, which is an exhibition of tourist attractions in the Kwahu area to help market and encourage tours and travels to Kwahu.

A press statement signed by  Mr Ben Ohene-Ayeh, Public Relations Manager, GTA, said this year’s event would include a photo exhibition by the Kwahu Tourism Initiative, health walks, street jams, adventure walks, hiking and many other attractions.

It said among the attractions to be visited are the Bruku rock, a striking natural monolith leaping up from a sphinx-liked hill. It is regarded as a god protecting the Kwahu area, and its hill is sacred.

It said 15 of the world’s best pilots from USA, France, Japan, Belgium and South Africa are expected in town beginning this evening.

According to the release all necessary arrangements such as security and rescue mobilisation have been provided to ensure the success of the festival.

The paragliding festival has boosted domestic tourism in the Kwahu Area and also raised the profile of the Easter celebrations of the people. More than 300 people are expected to fly this year.

The release noted that as Ghana prepares to move into the next phase of its development agenda, it stands to reason that tourism holds the key to providing the alternatives.

It stated that GTA’s mission is not only to promote Ghana’s tourism internationally but more importantly domestic tourism for which events attractions such as paragliding forms a significant part.

Paragliding, an international sport, was introduced in Ghana in 2005 to promote domestic tourism. It is organised to coincide with the Easter celebrations in Kwahu and has been hosted by the Kwahu South District Assembly since its inception.

Source: GNA