Ghana joins UNWTO’s Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) Initiative

Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

UNWTO NEW logo_40With an aim to begin a new international organization responsible for promoting sustainable tourism development in the world, Ghana has joined the Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) Initiative as one of the founding countries.

On the side-lines of the just ended FITUR International Tourism Fair in Feria de Madrid, Spain, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts spoke about why the country decided to join at the inauguration of STEP International.

The UNWTO Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP) promotes poverty alleviation through the provision of assistance to sustainable development projects.

The Tourism Minister said Ghana having already benefitted immensely from the old STEP Foundation, where Ghana received 27 libraries built across the country.

Ghana through the assistance of the UNWTO has also benefitted from a $100,000.00 project to improve the visitor facilities at Nzulezu water stilts and would be completed by June 2016, she added.

The Nzulezo project is to help conserve the natural and cultural heritage through symbolic relationship between tourism and biodiversity conservation.

UNWTO views the STEP Initiative as an effective tool to make a tangible contribution to the Millennium Development Goals.

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