CONCEPT NOTE “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”


The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) sets aside September 27 every year to celebrate Tourism Day to herald the soci0-economic, political, and cultural importance of the Sector to national and international economies through Gross Domestic Product growth, jobs, and employment creation. The official “International” World Tourism Day is held in a WTO-designated country with participation from the rest of the world. This year’s (2021) Day will be held in Cote d'Ivoire in Africa under the theme, “Tourism for Inclusive Growth” to essentially highlight a participatory approach to creating and sharing tourism wealth for poverty reduction, decency in living standards, and livelihoods security.

As the United Nations specialised agency responsible for sustainable tourism, the UNWTO is guiding the global sector toward inclusive recovery and growth as well as ensuring appropriate governance among communities, minorities, and the youth. The UNWTO, therefore, invites its Member States and Affiliates to celebrate tourism’s unique ability to ensure nobody is left behind as the world begins to open again and looks to the future.

2. THEME SIGNIFICANCE – “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”
The theme is linked to Outcome 4 and 5 of Governments’ Programme of Action that seeks to create decent employment through inclusive economic growth, and a skilled and vibrant workforce to support an inclusive growth path. This time around, the Day creates an opportunity for the global Tourism community to look beyond Tourism Statistics and acknowledges that, behind every number, there is a person.

The Tourism Ministry receives donation from Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has donated some assorted items to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture ( MOTAC) towards the celebration of this year’s World Tourism Day.

The items included tissue papers, sanitizers, nose masks, liquid soaps, and veronica buckets.

The items were donated to assist the MOTAC to ensure the observation of the COVID-19 safety protocols at the event.

Similarly, the gesture was also intended to support the Ministry in the successful organization of the event.

The World Tourism Day instituted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is celebrated on September 27 each year to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.”


Mr. Eric Bannerman, CEO of Goldstar Air made a special donation worth thirty thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢30,000.00) to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture today at its premises.

The donation was geared towards supporting the upcoming UNWTO World Tourism Day Celebrations to be held ON 27TH September 2021 at Hohoe in the Volta Region.

The purpose of the donation he explained was to support the ministry in relation to the event to augment the Ministry’s effort in supporting the growth of the Tourism sector for National development. 

Receiving the items, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, honorable Mark Okraku-Mantey thanked the Goldstar Air team for their kind gesture towards the development of the tourism sector.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, John Yao Agbeko, Mr. George Harrison Kankam, and other management staff members were present to witness the presentation. 

Goldstar Air is a tourism-related organization working towards promoting the airline and tourism industry.

The items donated included 400 branded event T-shirts and 1000 pieces of Face shields amounting. 


Source: Public Relations



Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has entreated the Public Services Commission (P.S.C) to endeavor to consider the employment of more skilled, creative and innovative people.
This he explained has the power to positively influence the unemployment gab in this sector to help grow the creative and innovative group.
He made the appeal during a courtesy call by the Head and Management of the Public Services Commission to enlighten the sector Ministers on their mandate this Thursday, 12 August,2021.
Dr. Awal however requested the team to come out with a clear-cut succession plan to ensure the smooth takeover and continuation of work, avoid interruptions and hindrances that comes with poor or no succession plan patterns.
The Board Chair of P.S.C Dr. Janet Ampadu Fofie, took time to welcome the ministers to the Public Service and explained their visit as an informative one aimed at bringing the minister up to speed on the mandate of the Commission, a move she said would position them well in working with their staff to achieve governments objective for the sector.
Dr. Ampadu Fofie explained that, out of the 250 government agencies, Civil Servants are the least, with four thousand (4,000) Staff and the rest forming the public sector workers.
The secretary to the Commission, Ing. Mrs. Mabel Amoako-Atta took time to outline the core functions of P.S.C some of which included their authoritative advisory role to ensure best practices in Human Resource Management and Development.
“We have important evaluation roles in working with agencies to ensure that Ghana’s Public service is performing effectively and consistently in consonance with Ghana Public Service rules” She opined.
Ing. Mrs. Amoako-Atta referenced article 194 of the Fourth Republic 1992 constitution which recognizes the Commission and allows it to perform functions detailed in same constitution including supervisory, regulatory and consultative.
Honorable Mark Okraku-Mantey, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture sought few clarifications on the extension of service years given to selected staff and required to know the qualification one needs to get a year or more to serve at a public office.
He also wanted to know who sets targets for public sector workers and what happens if such targets are not met.
In response, the Public Services Commission clarified that although the retirement age is 60, there are special exigencies that allows for some staff to stay a year or more to execute their jobs. According to P.S.C such is allowed if necessary but not exceeding five years.
On the issue of Targets, the Service according to P.S.C has outlined structures that monitors performances and targets and if not met, could be properly investigated and appropriate sanctions applied.
Present at the meeting were management of the Ministry of Tourism Arts, and Culture and its Head of departments and Agencies.
Source: Public Relations MOTAC

Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was renamed in 2017 through Executive Instrument E.I28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2017 by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to replace the then Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Ministry’s policy directive is to provide a firm, stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian arts and culture into all aspects of national life. This it is believed will help in ensuring the emergence of a strong, vibrant and creative environment that would help improve and advance the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

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