Ghana to establish ‘Akwaaba Hotels’ to boost domestic tourism
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is proposing the setting-up of “Akwaaba Hotels,” through a partnership with the private sector at various tourist sites in the country to boost domestic tourism.
Tours Facility Manager of the Ghana Tourist Development Company (GTDC), George Adje Kwei Mensah, who disclosed this said the hotels which would be set-up between two to three years, would be affordable for indigenes to patronize tourist sites for economic growth.
Mr Adje Kwei Mensah made the disclosure in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) when he led a 22-member delegation of tourists to tour the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast Castle in the Central Region, as part of activities marking the World Tourism Forum being hosted in Ghana.
The 22-member team includes people from Turkey, United States of America, Bosnia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana amongst other countries, with a focus to selling Ghana’s tourism potential to the world.
The World Tourism Forum is a global event held in different parts of the World to further boost global tourism. The Secretariat is located in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr Mensah said the Ministry of Tourism, was committed to re-orienting Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride in its heritage, culture and way of life through designed programmes and campaigns.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to preserve and protect the nation’s aesthetic values in order to boost the tourism sector.
The Forum had in the past, been held in Turkey (Global meeting), Dubai and Russia. Ghana is the first African Country to host the event.
Some of the Tourists who spoke to the GNA described their experience as overwhelming, unending and invigorating, saying Europe never knew what they were missing in Africa.