Published on : Monday, February 25, 2019
Ghana President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has announced that the World Bank has approved a $40 million grant for supporting the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts and its agencies and upgrading the tourist facilities.
The President said that the Ghana Tourism Authority recorded a 20 per cent growth, with over 600,000 visitations to various tourist sites under the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana campaign”.
The campaign was meant to encourage the consumption of locally manufactured beverages in the country to boost the economy.
The President said that Ghana have finalized the Creative Arts Bill, leading to the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund, and added that, in 2018, his government provided support to the Creative Arts Council, and the Creative Arts Masterclass, for building the capacity of Creative Arts practitioners in the sector.
He said that the Hospitality Training Institute has been renovated, and re-opened in July 2018 to provide the needed training in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
To quote the President, “Under a Tourism Attractions Upgrade Project, several tourist sites, including Elmina Heritage Bay, Axim Fort St. Antonio, Assin Manso Slave River, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Bunso Arboretum, Kintampo Water Falls, are undergoing upgrades”.
He said that they want to make sure that world-class standards are set and maintained at all tourism sites.
For supporting people with disabilities, President Akufo-Addo announced an increase share of the District Assemblies Common Fund to Persons with Disabilities from 2 per cent to 3 per cent.