Published on : Friday, October 13, 2017
This summit was held in Ghana for the first time, and was a global event for developing tourism around the world.
Dr. Bawumia said that Ghana’s tourism sector has steadily grown over the years and the summit is important for positioning Ghana as a major tourism hub in Africa.
“It is our believe that the choice of topics for this year’s event would indeed reflect many African nations’ goals to position themselves as key players in the global tourism industry,” Dr. Bawumia said.
The Vice President said that the Ghana government is committed to the tourism industry goals and is working hard to ensure that they are achieved within the next few years.
Ghana is focused on building new and upgrading existing infrastructure to support the tourism industry, including the expansion of Ghana’s international airport as well as the establishment of the marine drive project in Accra.
Dr. Bawumia said “tourism is a major priority to our government’s development agenda, and as such we have revamped the ministry of tourism and appointed a high-level Cabinet member as Minster, to ensure that Ghana moves to become a major tourism player globally”.
He said tourism contributes about three percent to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Products and provides thousands of jobs in the country.
Dr. Bawumia further stated that Ghana is currently cooperating with other West African countries to facilitate visa-free movement within several regions in Africa.
Tags: World Tourism Forum