Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, Aug. 14, GNA – The Ghana Tourism
Authority is igniting the enthusiasm for massive participation in the 2019
World Tourism Day celebration, slated for September 27 in Kumasi, Ghana’s
second largest city.
Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO), said this year’s commemoration was unique as it coincided with
the nation’s declaration and observation of the ‘Year of Return’, a development
anticipated to bring into the country thousands of Africans in the Diaspora.
“It is exactly 400 years since the first
black slave set foot in Virginia, United States (US), and we intend to bring
all our brethren and stakeholders together for a historic interaction and
communion,” he remarked.
Mr. Agyemang, who was addressing a
ceremony to launch activities lined-up for the Day, said the private sector was
being involved actively for a successful celebration on the theme: “Tourism and
Jobs, a Better Future for All”.
In line with the programme of
activities, a grand exhibition would be mounted to demonstrate the tourism
potentials of the various districts in the Ashanti Region.
The CEO hinted that the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) had established that one in 10 jobs globally was related to
the tourism sector, and that, the nation ought to continually invest in the
sector to help create many jobs along the value chain.
Mr. Peter Achampong, Ashanti Regional
Manager of the GTA, disclosed that his office had begun an intensive education
of managers and owners of tourist attraction sites as well as hospitality
facilities ahead of the celebration.
This is aimed at sensitising them to
good practices in order to enhance the nation’s image and efficient service
He welcomed the government’s decision to
allow Kumasi to host the historic event, saying, as the ‘cultural capital’ of
the nation, the programme would further boost tourism arrivals.
“Ashanti Region has the oldest museum –
King Prempeh II Museum, the only natural lake in Ghana – Lake Bosomtwe, Manhyia
Palace, a repository of cultural heritage, and many more interesting places to
satisfy the curiosity of visitors,” he noted.
Nana Bobie Ansah, chief of Bonwire, a
historic town noted for originating the designs and weaving of the indigenous
Kente fabric, called on traditional authorities to support the historic event
to ensure its success.