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TOURISM MINISTRY TO CREATE ONE MILLION JOBS BY 2024

The Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC), Dr. Ibrahim Awal has reiterated governments commitment in ensuring that, its 1million job targets by the end of 2024 is achieved through an enhanced domestic and international tourism.

This he explained cannot be achieved if players in the industry do not effectively set up their operations as tourist operators to join hands with government to make the sector flourish.

Dr.  Awal made the remark during the launch of the National Tourism Destination Single Window application dedicated to streamlining services and operations of Ghana’s tourism sector.

According to Dr. Awal who launched the app at Kempinski Hotel in Accra on July, 12,2021, the ‘National Tourism Destination Single Window project’ noted as the “VisitGhana App”, is a one stop area to access services and operations in the sector.

“We are going to train 10,000 tour operators within the tourism value chain this year and early next year adding that Customer care is an integral part of tourism to engender multiple visits where people are compelled to visits the tourist sites repeatedly and not once and fail to return.

He admonished sector players to invest in training front liners to equipped them with skills and competences to ensure Ghana becomes the number one tourism destination in Africa.

Dr. Awal further pledged governments continues support to improve infrastructures at tourist attractions sites and adequately brand it well for an improved income for national development.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, recalled few years ago where the authority embarked on feasibility studies of the industry to ascertain the readiness of industry players, how they can digitize their businesses, a move he said revealed there was no level of the usage of digitized platforms across the length and breadth of the country.

“Almost 50% of operators had no online provisions at their establishments at all, so all operations were done manually, but 80% of transactions were done using the mobile phone and less than 30% of operators were logged-in to any of the global system that were available for tourism”.

According to Mr. Agyeman, the Single Window application is aimed at tackling challenges in the tourism industry targeted at putting Ghana on the map, providing real time data for policy makers and investors and further cut down on delays in registration and licensing of tour operators”.

In his view, the consolidated portal will bring service operators and the general public into one marketplace to enhance service delivery adding “the platform is robust enough, user friendly and has lots of benefits to the industry, available for every operator to access with their own slides, load services, pictures, pricing for global access” .

Mrs. Bella Ahu, president, Ghana tourism federation, urged industry players to take advantage of the platform, go global, bring products and services up to speed to become competitive for an enhanced, repeated tourism visits by tourist.

The deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Mr.  Mark Okreku Mantey, Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. John Yao Agbeko, Representatives of GTA and staff from the Ministry were all present at the launch of the all-in- Ghanaapp

 

SOURCE: Public Relations - MOTAC

HON. DEPUTY MINISTER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE MEETS WITH DELEGATION FROM MAGIC EVENT - EVENT PLANNERS AND MANAGERS FROM LA COTE D’IVOIRE

A three-member delegation from Magic Event based in La Cote D’Ivoire paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey on Wednesday 30th June 2021 at his office. The three-member team was made up of the General Manager, Mrs. Nadro  Harriette, Mr. Nadro Lacie-Lise, the Finance Manager, and Sia Roger, the Technical Manager of the company.  The meeting discussed among other things possible areas of collaboration between the two countries in the areas of organizing musical concerts, shows and other entertainments.

Welcoming them to Ghana, the Hon. Minister expressed his delight for choosing Ghana as the preferred place to undertake such a venture. He made them aware that the Ministry would link them up with the Agency responsible for Creative Arts, who will offer them the needed support by guiding them with ideas that will help them develop and initiate appropriate programmes.  He however added that due to COVID 19 pandemic being experienced worldwide, there would be required as a company to adhere to all the protocols while doing business in Ghana.

With regards to facilities that Ghana has, the Hon. Deputy Minister assured them that they were event centres in Accra such as the Grand Arena and Fantasy Door, that has the seating capacity of about 7.000 and 15, 000 respectively to accommodate large gatherings and has room for observing the COVID-19 protocols as well.

In their response, the Technical Manager, Mr. Sia Roger thanked Mr. Okraku Mantey for accepting to host the team at a very short notice.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Council, Mr.  John Yao Agbeko, Director for Research, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe, the Personal Assistant to the Honourable Deputy Minister, Ms Mary Bossman and Francisca Kassa, a National Service person.

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VOLTA REGION REOPENS ITS MUSEUM IN HO

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, has commissioned the renovated Volta Regional Museum with an appeal to the traditional rulers in the enclave to stock it with the rich historical artifacts that represent the narrative of the Volta Region.

According to the Minister, the facility is an asset of the region and therefore must depict the historical patterns and the cultural significance of the host community.

Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal made the remarks in a speech read for him by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. John Yao Agbeko, at the re-opening of the Volta Regional Museum in Ho, on the 28th May, 2021, in the Volta Regional Capital.

The Museum was closed down for renovations due to some structural defects and the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic.

Hon. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal further, entreated the students in the Volta Region to take advantage of the reopening of the Museum facility under their domain to learn more about their history and cultural significance.

He reiterated his unwavering commitment and that of the government of Ghana under President Nana Akufo Addo, to stimulate Ghana's tourism sector that would have the propensity to generate 5-Billion dollars by the end of next year.

The Tourism Minister also tasked the management of the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board (GMMB) to as a matter of priority sensitize the general public on the relevance of museums in order to whip up public interest in the patronage of museums in Ghana.

This he noted would engender maximum visitation of the forts and castles dotted across the country.

He commended the German Embassy and the Ghana Gas company for their immense support in the renovation of the Volta Regional Museum and further entreated the residents in the region to endeavour to patronize the facility.

The German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Christoph Retzlaff said his country's support for the renovation of the Museum is a testimony of the shared Cultural heritage and values with the people of the Volta Region which pre-dates in 1940s during the colonial era when Germany was the colonial domination in that part of the country.

He commended the various partners for their support in realizing the completion of the Museum project.

The Volta Regional Minister Honorable Dr Archibald Letsa said tourism and culture is the best identity for everyone, hence must be appreciated and showcased.

According to him, the facelift is furnished with some artworks designed by Voltarians, paintings of notable persons from the region including the late, former President Jerry John Rawlings, the first Miss Ghana, Monica Amekoafia, Ghana's first female lawyer, Annie Ruth Baeta and some belongings of the late German Governor of the region in the late 1900s.

Mr. Abdouramane Diallo, Representative of UNESCO in Ghana, appealed to the western countries to consider bringing back cultural artifacts taken out from Africa illegally in order to restore the dwindled African heritage.

He said that UNESCO is providing a platform that would facilitate an engagement to ensure that African artifacts illegally in possession of the western countries are brought back to Africa.

He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for adding his voice to the on-going discussion on how to help Africans to retrieve their artifacts taken by the western countries.

The Acting Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Monument Board (GMMB), Mr. Ivor Agyeman Duah also lauded the quest of German Government in providing a 250,000 Euros for the roofing and other auxiliary works that saw the renovation of the Ho Museum.

He added that his outfit would continue to partner with the German Government to undertake other viable projects that would help in the cultural preservation of the Ghanaian people, given that Ghana and Germany had a rich history during the colonial era.

Meanwhile, the entire Ho Museum renovation project, was supported by the Ghana Gas company Limited, the German Embassy and the internally generated Funds from the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board


Background: The mandate of the Ghana Museums and Monument Board (GMMB) is to acquire, protect, conserve and document the Nation’s movable and immovable material cultural heritage for posterity, for the purposes of research and education of the public.

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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