Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts, has reiterated the call for the establishment of an African Union (AU) Commission on Tourism.
She was of the view that, the development of Tourism to a large extent could be accelerated with the establishment of a desk on tourism within the African Union (AU) Structure.
She was speaking during the 21st session of the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the political will of the sector’s development would be enhanced when a tourism desk is established at the AU.
“In Ghana’s case, the government under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama in realising the enormous potentials of tourism in improving economies, creating jobs, and alleviating poverty, is personally spearheading the development and promotion of tourism in the country,” she added.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare reiterated that the establishment of the desk at the Commission would help discuss and find solutions to similar problems facing the continent when it comes to tourism.
She said even though Africa has enjoyed an astronomical increase in tourism arrivals to the continent from 25 million in 2000 to 56 million as at the second half of 2015, forming five per cent of the world’s total, it could be upped tremendously with the establishment of the desk.
“Just like the Foreign Affairs and security desk within the African Union Structure, Tourism will even help improve the lives of its people,” she added.
Tourism is the leading pro-poor industry in the world and holds the trump card in changing the economies of most countries in the world especially the developing ones.