Ghana boosts tourism with surfing

Published on : Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1Ghana Tourism is now developing mostly in the beach areas and here surfing is one of the best adventure sports because Kokrobite beach in Ghana is organising surfing and people from 20 different countries are participating in this annual international competition.



Kokrobite beach is a most favoured destination in Ghana by the international visitors for the long stretch of the sandy beaches and this beach is dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand.



Brett Davies, who is one of the stalwarts in the surfing industry, is leading the push to bring surfers to Ghana, West African country, to boost the tourism in the underdeveloped countries.



Brett Davies is now running a surfing school in Kokrobite Beach and has helped to bring surfing to Busua, near the border with Ivory Coast. Kokrobite Beach is best for the surfing because most of the beaches are less crowded, which is the most appealing part to the beginner and intermediate markets.



According to Brett Davies, Ghana has the opportunity to become it as the best surfing destination in Africa and it also has a scope for the tourism also. Ghana is prospered with waterfalls, national parks, slave forts and the cultural places. Not only that 550 km long coastline will give refreshment to the tourists along with Beach Resort, Seaside Resort and Greater Accra. But what debarred Ghana from the tourism are the transportation costs and the flight fares.



According to the World Bank, 897,000 international tourists visited Ghana in 2015. In comparison, about 1.1 million went to Kenya and 8.9 million travelled to South Africa. The Ghana Tourism Department affirmed that Ghana has a potential in surfing and other adventure tourism.



Ghana was once known in West Africa for its rapidly growing economy in every sector, but recently, Ghana saw the slow rate of growth to some 3.6 percent in 2016, which is the lowest in two decades and well down from 14 percent in 2011.

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