Ghana declares 2015 year of tourism

Hon Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has declared year 2015 as one for the vigorous promotion of domestic tourism, pivoted around the nation’s culture and creative arts.

Meeting with Members of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs and some officials of the Regional Cordinating Council, the Minister noted that it was part of efforts in this direction that she was embarking on working visits to all the regions nationwide. She believes this will apprise her of challenges facing the sector and how best to confront them.

She further revealed that administration of the sector is being decentralized the more, as would be evidenced in the opening of some District Tourism offices during the visit.

Throwing more light on the visit, she said the initial one will last 5-days, which will also take her to the Ashanti region. She will meet with sector operators and decision makers, especial MMDCEs and explain to them how tourism, culture and creative arts can be used as vectors for development. Officials from the Ministry and private sector are also on board to explore investment opportunities.

The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon Justice Samuel Adjei expressed the region’s readiness to host the entourage, noting that the region boasts of enormous tourism resources that can be improved to the benefit of the citizenry.

The President of the Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Yeji Traditional Area, Nana Pempemapem Kabrese V, was grateful for the opportunity to host NAFAC 2014 and pledged the support of Chiefs to the domestic tourism promotional agenda.

He said for the first time, an indigene of the region has found it worthwhile pay homage to the traditional authorities and to seek their assistance for a cause. This gesture, they will reciprocate with their full support.

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