As smouldering of effect of the COVID19 pandemic on tourism facilities gradually fades, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has called for the involvement of the private sector to help speed up development of tourist attraction sites in the country.
According to newsghana.com.gh, GTA said the government was in the process of revamping the sites alongside the development of untapped sites, but since those projects were huge capital intensive, there was the need for private sector involvement under PPP agreement.
Mr Joseph Appiagyei, the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions Director of the GTA who made the call, therefore urged both local and international investors to partner and support the Government in that regard.
He said the three regions had 25 tourist attraction sites and the government had made long, medium and immediate term plans to develop some of them to improve domestic tourism.
Mr Appiagyei was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at a waterfall site at Bono Manso in the Bono East during a tour of some tourist attraction sites in that region.
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The tour was part of a week-long activities of the ‘Meko-Bono’ Homecoming and Festival
organised by the ‘Bonofie’, a Ghanaian event organisation promoting the socio-cultural and economic development of the Bono and Bono East Regions.
Under the theme ”Unifying Our People for Development through Tourism and Culture”, the event was supported by of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, Sunyani Traditional Council, Bono Regional Coordinating Council, Centre for National Culture, and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
The festival brought foreigners and indigenes of the former Brong-Ahafo Region to experience the rich culture and traditions of the region and to also contribute to the development of the untapped tourist attraction sites to boost socio-economic development, particularly of the Bono and Bono East Regions.
Besides the waterfall discovered in 2017, other places visited by revelers were the Bono Manso slave trade centre, the magical basin, Martin Luther King durbar ground and the Kintampo Waterfall, all in the Bono East.