According to Mr. Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Museum and Monument, the tourism sector in Ghana is struggling as a result of low visitor numbers.
He did, however, emphasize that there is still much work to be done in order to project the industry to the worldwide market.
To this end, the CEO has urged Ghanaians to take pleasure in domestic travel and to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience by visiting tourist destinations at least once a week in order to support the growth of the sector.
In an exclusive interview with Kaakyire Kwasi Afari of Afeema FM on August 25, 2022, Mr. Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah made the decision.
He estimated that patronage would not only bring in money for the government but would also secure the tourism industry’s viability and the realization of President Nana Akufo Addo’s goal of making it the sector with the highest GNP in the nation.
The Chief Executive Officer discloses that President Nana Addo has established a US$10 million grant to promote small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in the tourism, hospitality, and creative arts industries as part of his aim to revitalize the sector.
Ofosu Ntiamoah claims that the $10 million grant is intended to help enterprises in the sector recover, grow, and generate jobs to support the expansion of the nation’s economy.
According to him, the Tourism Ministry has carefully tightened measures with scanning devices placed in place to scan all visitors in order to prevent crimes, improving appropriate security at several prominent tourist attractions across the nation.
The CEO responded that the government has budgeted money to rehabilitate bad roads in well-known tourist destinations across the nation when questioned about preparations being put in place to facilitate better roads leading to tourism spots.
He claims that although the government has begun to repair some of the roads leading to the area, much still has to be done.
Tourists, particularly foreign visitors, have been forced to avoid the sector in Ghana due to a lack of investment to facilitate better road infrastructure and good communication, among others.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Kaakyire Kwasi Afari