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The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC), the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the other agencies under the Ministry will be celebrating this year’s UNWTO World Tourism Day (WTD) event from 22nd - 27th September, 2020 in the Western Region.

The programme is an annual event which is celebrated globally every year, on 27th September 2020, to highlight the significance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic significance around the world.

The WTD 2020 is being held under the theme: “TOURISM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT”, which seeks to celebrate the sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including communities that would otherwise be left behind. The World Tourism Day 2020 also underscores the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting cultural heritage and curbing urban migration in Ghana and the world at large.

The 2020 edition of the World Tourism Day is also to derive maximum economic impact from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic and to invariably put tourism as the topmost priority on the Government of Ghana’s agenda.

This position was amply stated in a recent release of a landmark policy brief on tourism by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in which he emphasized that “for rural communities, indigenous peoples and many other historically marginalized populations, tourism has been a vehicle for integration, empowerment and generating income”. Hence, the theme for this year’s event ‘Tourism and Rural Development’.

 This flagship programme under the tourism ministry is expected to take place between 22nd - 27th September 2020, in Bogoso and Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana, with the Activities lined up as follows:

  • Virtual Symposium via Zoom – 22ndSeptember, 2020.
  • Health Walk - 26th September, 2020, Bogoso.
  • Tree Planting Exercise - 26thSeptember, 2020, Bogoso.
  • Musical Concert -26th September, 2020, Bogoso.
  • Grand Durbar and Photo Exhibition - 27thSeptember, 2020, Takoradi.

We, therefore, entreat the general public, the residents of the host region, industry players in the Tourism Arts &Culture industry and the media in particular to endeavour to support the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in its quest to commemorate the up-coming event.  

Support by all and sundry for the occasion, would undoubtedly help the Government of Ghana and the Ministry to resuscitate the tourism sector as we contend with the Covid-19 pandemic by promoting the important role tourism plays in the socio, cultural and economic development of the country.

For further details on the event, kindly contact the following officers;

  1. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik, Public Affairs Manager (MoTAC) - 0245529009 / 0263341550
  2. Jones Nelson, Head/ Corporate Affairs Manager (GTA) -


Meanwhile, our media partners for this auspicious programme are catalogued as follows;

  • GBC/ GTV
  • Media General Group
  • Multi – Media Group.
  • Atinka Media Village
  • Citi FM/ TV
  • UTV/ Peace FM
  • Graphic communication Group
  • Ghanaian Times
  • Ghana News Agency
  • Okay FM
  • Daily Guide
  • Asaasi  Radio.
  • Business and Financial Times
  • Star FM

We, therefore, use this opportunity to invite the general public to this World Tourism Day 2020 celebrations in Bogoso and Takoradi in the Western Region.

Thank You.








The establishment of a specialized court to address the specific needs of the Creative Arts Industry has been a priority of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo led Government. The contribution of this important industry to the economy of the country is recognized by Government, and the need to safeguard and promote same cannot be overemphasized.

 The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has engaged the Office of the Chief Justice to ensure the establishment of a specialized court to deal with issues of the industry.

 It is hereby announced that the Honourable Chief Justice has approved the establishment of a specialized court, as a division of the High Court to deal with copyright and other related matters pertaining to the Creative Arts Industry.

 It is the expectation of Government that this court will facilitate the effective and expeditious resolution of specific disputes that affect the Creative Arts Industry to protect the rights and interests of creative practitioners.

 The Ministry in consultation with the Judicial Service shall communicate the modalities for the Court in the next legal year which commences in October 2020.


 Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi (MP)

(Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture)



The Executives of Women in Business and Tourism paid a Courtesy Call on the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture,  to officially welcome her to her new role as the substantive Minister of Tourism,  Arts and Culture.  The Group was led by the President of Women in Business and Tourism Miss Eunice Ogbugo, the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Organiser, Media and Publicity.

Members of the Group recently visited South Africa for Africa’s Travel Indaba and the Women in Tourism Dinner that was held there were members of Women in Business and Tourism from other SADC countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Angola were present including Ghana and Nigeria representing West Africa.

The Group informed the Honourable Minister of their plans to officially launch the Women in Business and Tourism Ghana Chapter and West Africa or Ecowas Chapter in Ghana on the 28th of June 2019 at which they have requested the presence of the Honourable Minister to give a keynote address as her Ministry is one of the umbrella ministries they work hand in hand with. The other Ministries the group works under are the Ministry of Business Development, The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Group also informed the Minister of the reason for the name Women in Business and Tourism because Tourism is multi-sectoral and works for hand in hand with various sectors such as construction, telecom, banking and finance, health and wellness, fashion industries, hospitality, beauty, agriculture, aviation, etc not forgetting the services such as law, accounting, etc etc. The President informed the Minister that their group comprised women owning companies or businesses in all these various sectors including the Tourism industry.

The main objective of the Group is to see to the ownership of Businesses by women, expansion of existing businesses from Small scale to large enterprises, diversification from one Business into other businesses or other business sectors or areas, and expansion beyond the borders of our various countries into other Africa Countries.




The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture fully endorses the milieu of festivals as one of the avenues for propagating our national culture for the development and deepening of its tourism offering.

We celebrate festivals because they help us keep connected to our roots, our culture, our values, our origins and to preserve them. Festivals help people to come together to share in a sense of enjoyment and relaxation of the time needed to bond with family members whom we never really see. Many festivals are more or less religiously centered and thus at festival times, we come together to in joyous thanksgiving to our God and whatever is the source of our faith- gods, ancestral spirits, etc. Food, and consequently agriculture, is so vital to life that festivals are naturally associated with harvest times for optimum celebration of nature’s abundance. They help children to have a good understanding of the meaning, characteristics, and purpose of celebration because they are feted to overfilling at festival time.

WHAT IS DIASPORA? – African Diaspora

A diaspora is a scattered population whose origins lie in a separate geographic locale. In particular, diaspora has come to be referred to as an involuntary mass dispersion of a population from its indigenous territories. There are accounts of the expulsion of Jews from Israel known as the Jews Diaspora (598 BC) and the fleeing of Greeks after the fall of Constantinople in May 29, 1453.

Another example is the African Diaspora which is as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade which took place in sub-Saharan Africa between 1500 and 1870. It is one of the largest diaspora of modern times. During the trans-Atlantic Slave trade between 9.4 to 12 million people from West Africa survived transportation to arrive in America as slaves. This population and their descendants have had major influences on the British, French, Portuguese, Americans and Spanish new world colonies. From the 8th through the 19th centuries an Arab controlled slave trade dispersed millions of Africans to Asia and the islands of the Indian Ocean.

Recently, scholars have distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral bonds. Some diaspora community maintain strong political ties with their original homeland; others have ties with communities in the diaspora and lack full integration into host countries. Diasporas often maintain ties to the country of their historic affiliation and influence the policies of the country or communities from where they emigrated. In all cases the term diaspora carries a sense of displacement that the population so described finds itself for whatever reason that separated it from its national territory. Usually its people have hopes of returning to their original homelands at some point in time. Some diaspora maintain a collective memory of their homeland regarding it as their true home to which they would eventually return, being committed to its restoration.


PILOLO is a game of hide and seek, a game of discovery and in the context of the festival, it seeks to recover what is hidden and bring it to light. Therefore, it’s a game of discovery.

In a bid to encourage some school children of Osu St Barnabas Anglican School see the deeper relevance of the game Pilolo, on the 25th July, 2018, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, the organizers of the Pilolo African Diaspora Festival had a session with them and tried to help them trace the origins of their names. There are names at Osu such as;

Lutterodt, Braindt, Sonne, Engman, Richter, Hesse, Swaniker, Wulf, Brown, Quist, Reimer, Clerk, Burgerson, Bannerman, Reindorf, Vanderpuije, Schandorf, Cocherine, Fleischer, Steiner, Malm, Cruicshank.

However, the children have no inkling as to why they are so called.

The object of the exercise was to help them discover their ancestry much of which was influenced by their ancestors’ connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This is because a lot of children were born as a result of union between the European slave buyers and the local indigenes or the slaves themselves, leaving such foreign names as listed above.

People travel as tourists for all kinds of reasons. Cultural Heritage Tourism or Diaspora Tourism is a branch of Tourism oriented towards travelling to experience the places, artifacts, activities that authentically represents the stories and people of the past of the location where Tourism is occurring. In recent years, culture has been rediscovered as an important marketing tool to attract those travelers with special interest in heritage and arts.

Cultural Heritage Tourism establishes and reinforces identity and helps preserve the cultural heritage with culture as an instrument which facilitates harmony and understanding among people.

The celebration of the festival is borne out of the need to bring about peace and coexistence amongst the people of the Ga states, particularly, indigenes of Osu who have historical connections with the Danish people during the period of slavery. It also seeks to improve on the socio – cultural and the economic empowerment of the inhabitants of Osu thereby fostering their intercultural dialogue or diversity as a people which falls under the mandate of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, hence its support to the Pilolo celebration.

One of the things any host does is to prepare adequately to entertain and to provide suitable accommodation for their guests. As a Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, we seek to preserve and restore the homes that were left after the slave trade and present them as historical sites that tell a story to our tourists. A picture speaks louder than many words. Restoration and preservation of Heritage Homes is a serious offering on our Tourism menu and we welcome all to come and experience what we once went through as a people.

Meanwhile, the African Diaspora Pilolo Festival celebration is a three (3)-day event and starts from the Friday, the 17th August, 2018 and ends on Sunday, 19th August, 2018.

The events line up are as follows,

Day 1 (10am – 4pm.)

  • Re-enactment of slavery / opening of exhibition (Saint Barnabas Anglican School)
  • Walk tours of Heritage Sites (Slave Boulevard),
  • African Dance Workshop / Rites of Passage Naming Ceremonies (Saint Barnabas Anglican School)
  • Art Culture Market.
  • Concert/ Night Market (Awusai Tso / Osu Gardens) – 7pm till midnight.

Day 2

  • Educational Workshop on the Trans-African Slave Trade (Saint Barnabas Anglican School) -10:00 am
  • Heritage Workshop (Saint Barnabas Anglican School) – 11:30am -12:30pm
  • African Dance Workshop
  • Concert/ Night Market (Awusai Tso) – 7pm -12am.

Day 3

  • Memorial Service for the departed captives who perished on the voyage (Osu-Presby Church / Osu- Anglican Church) – 9am -12pm.
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony (Osu Beach) -1:00 pm,
  • Regatta Beach Party (Osu Palm Court Beach) 2pm – 6pm.

The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and the organizers of the African Diaspora Pilolo Festival invite all and sundry to join them from August 17 – 19 to celebrate Pilolo – A game of discovery that seeks to bring what is hidden to light.

For clarification contact,

Christine Dadson

The UNWTO Focal Person / Heritage Homes Restoration Coordinator

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

+23320 703 6003

Abraham Steiner

CEO / Founder

Rochester New York

+233 24 362 6975 / +1 585 305 5339

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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