Published on : Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Catherine Ablema Afeku, the newly elected head of the Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry of Ghana confirms that her newly formed ministry will reduce air tariff to promote more travel within and outside the country. This will reduce cost and help in making Ghana a popular tourist hub in the world map.
When attending the journalists after the President declared her nomination, she assured that drop in air tariff is one of her top priorities in her list of other things that she plans to execute after she assumes office on a full-fledged basis.
To quote her, ‘’ my interest is in getting the aviation industry to see tourism as part and parcel of their industry. So if we have air tariffs drastically reduced, people will travel more and also will entice family members to look into what Ghana has to offer. But if it is prohibitive then it would be of no relevance’’.
She also hinted that other challenges that the industry is currently facing would be addressed. As per figures released by JUMIA, Ghana’s total contribution in GDP was around 10.5 billion in 2015. To quote the minister, ‘’ we should put on our thinking caps and create that enticing environment for tourism to be the talked about ministry. Because it is a job creation avenue. Most countries live on tourism so I intend to make history with tourism industry as a viable GDP contributor’’.