The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has marked this year’s World Tourism day celebration in Bogoso and Secondi-Takoradi in the western Region.
The event was celebrated under the theme: “Tourism and Rural Development”. This year’s theme highlighted the sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including those communities that would otherwise be left behind.
The programme is an annual event, which is celebrated globally, on 27 September every year, to draw the world’s attention to the significance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic importance to the world.
The world Tourism Day also underscores the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting cultural heritage, and building the local economy.
At a durbar to climax the occasion in secondi-Takoradi, the sector Minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, in her keynote address expressed her unwavering commitment and that of Government of Ghana to turn the economic fortunes of Ghana’s tourism landscape and the rural communities across the country.
She intimated that, her outfit was also working tirelessly to promote domestic tourism in Ghana, given that this year’s theme “Tourism and Rural Development” was amply anchored to drive economic development and provide opportunities to the underprivileged societies in Ghana and the rest of the world.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, further reiterated that the importance and unique roles tourism plays in preserving and promoting natural and cultural heritage, creating employment opportunities thereby curbing urban migration.
She said the Ghana Tourism Authority has embarked on a marketing campaign strategy dubbed “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, and Feel Ghana’’ to make Ghana very attractive to both domestic and international tourists.
She disclosed that, the President was committed to the sector and has recognized the quintessential role tourism plays in national development. According to the minister, it was against this backdrop that the government has earmarked a $4Million Dollar to cushion small and medium enterprises (SME’s) in the tourism value chain in Ghana. To ameliorate the effect of the Covid -19 pandemic on businesses subsequently, the Government of Ghana has also made an allocation of GH¢600 million stimulus package for the SMEs of which some operators in the tourism and hospitality industry have immensely benefited.
On his part the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Council, Nana Nketia V entreated all successive governments endeavor to promote rural tourism in Ghana, upgrade Ghana’s tourism sites to international standard to enable it compete globally.
This according to him would help improve on the rural economy, which would significantly help curb rural-urban migration in Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, (GTA) Mr.Akwasi Agyeman, further expressed his outfit’s commitment to develop tourist sites.
He also indicated that, all mechanisms would be put in place to ensure full implementation and enforcement of regulation governing Ghana’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Activities for the celebration.
Meanwhile the activities that took place for the 2020 world Tourism Day Celebration Were Virtual Symposium via Zoom; which kick start on the 22nd September, 2020, Health Walk; on the 26th Sep. 2020, Tree Planting Exercise and Musical Concert also took place on the 26th Sept, 2020, all in Bogoso in the Prestea Huni Valley, whiles Photo exhibition and the Grand Durbar to climax the occasion happens on the 27th September, 2020 in Secondi - Takoradi, in the Western Region.
Present at the function, were the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kwabena Nketia, V. who also double as the Chairman of the occasion, and a host of other government functionaries in the Western Region as well as the staff of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and some stakeholders in the tourism industry in Ghana.