Ghana to host World Tourism Day Audrey Micah, Ghanadot
Accra, May 13, Ghanadot - Ghana has
been nominated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation
(UNWTO) to host this year’s International World Tourism Day come
September 2009. This will mark the 30Th celebration of World
This year’s World Tourism Day celebration is under the theme,
“Tourism Celebrating Diversity”
Speaking at a media launch in Accra today, the Chairman of the
National Planning Committee of the Ghana Tourist Board, Mr.
Charles Osei-Bonsu explained that the day is set aside to
celebrate and address the significant role tourism play in the
creation of opportunities for jobs and the elimination of
poverty in Ghana and the world at large.
“World Tourism Day is aimed at fostering awareness among the
international community of the importance of tourism and its
social, cultural and economic values.”
As part of preparations to towards the occasion which he noted
will firmly secure Ghana’s position on the world tourism map in
Africa, the committee set up by the Ministry of Tourism has
prepared a comprehensive programme aimed at spreading the
celebration of the event nationwide.
PROGRAMME WORLD TOURISM DAY IN GHANA
Monday 21Th September 2009-Orientation and Fam Tour for Foreign
and Local Press and Travel Writers in all the regions. Official
Opening of Tourism Exhibition at the International Conference
Tuesday 22ND September 2009-Tourism Conference in Accra
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24Th September 2009-Accra City Tour
for all visitors, Gastronomy Fair and Tourism Conference.
Friday 25Th September 2009-Launching the 2ND Phase of Green
School Project Competition in the Ashanti region and a Welcome
Saturday 26Th September 2009-Official Tour-Cocoa Trial, Bunso
Aboretum, CRIG, Tetteh Quarshie original Cocoa Farm in the
Eastern region and a Musical Concert in Accra the same day.
Sunday 27Th September 2009 will climax the event with the Think
Tank Theme “Tourism Celebration Diversity”, A Press Briefing and
What Do You Know about Tourism Competition finals will be held.
Ghana Gala Night an exposition of Ghanaian cuisine, music, dance
and fashion will be held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
The Minister of Tourism Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah who spoke to
GhanaDot after the media launch said, tourism affects all
sectors of the economy which is why governments across the
world, particularly developing countries have shifted focus from
over reliance on the traditional exports to make tourism a major
According to her, tourism is currently the world’s biggest
industry which represents some 5% of GDP and 6% of jobs in
developed countries. She said global tourism services experts
over $1 million a year which represents 1/3 of global service
In Ghana, the minister reiterated that tourism is the number
four foreign exchange eaner, and that out of about 600,000
visitors Ghana is able to generate more than $1 billion in 2008,
adding that “it creates about 300,000 jobs directly and
indirectly for our people”.
She noted that domestic tourism is helping the country
redistribute incomes in Ghana, and that in 2007 alone, a total
amount of GH 418,000 was collected as gate fees alone in 25
Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah established that though tourism is
facing challenges due to the current economic downturn, she
believed that the industry will bounce back soon.
She called on the media to educate and promote the positive
image of Ghana as tourism destination.
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