Government to develop 10 iconic tourist attractions – Minister
The government is determined to develop two iconic tourist attractions in each of the five northern regions in order to stimulate growth in the region.
Dr Ibrahim Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who announced it in a speech read on his behalf, said the move was aimed at addressing the challenges of human and social development and creating visibility for attract tourists and national and international visitors to the region.
He was speaking at a two-day conference in Tamale organized by the Northern Development Authority (NDA) to validate the tourism development strategy for northern Ghana.
Key stakeholders in the tourism sector including the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Ghana Cultural Forum, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board and the Creative Arts Agency, among others, attended the conference to validate the strategy and pave the way for its launch and implementation.
The Northern Ghana Tourism Development Strategy project was facilitated by the then Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) between 2016 and 2017 under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture .
SADA identified a core working group of seasoned experts in the field of tourism and cultural development, based on their rich experiences, combined ideas to produce the draft strategy document.
The objective of the strategy is to take advantage of the rich tourist and cultural resources of the northern enclave of the country to competitively position the region as a privileged tourist destination in the country and the West African sub-region.
The strategy focuses on northern Ghana and outlines specific actions and objectives aimed at developing a vibrant tourism industry to create jobs, reduce poverty and increase per capita income in the region.
The northern enclave of the country, comprising the northern, northeastern, savannah, upper-eastern and high-western regions, is full of diverse and rich tourist attractions such as nature, antiquity and culture, which must be harnessed and packaged for improved marketing and promotion. hence the Northern Ghana Tourism Development Strategy.
Dr Awal said the uniqueness of the northern enclave, “which is home to diverse cultures, art forms, a vast and appropriate landscape as well as a reservoir of warm and hospitable people, are necessary ingredients on the menu. tourism that must be explored not only for tourism development but all other industrial development ‘to create sustainable jobs.
He praised the NDA and said its efforts to give the sector “a strong tourism strategy to govern and revolutionize sustainable tourism practices in the northern part of Ghana fuel the global range of my ambition to make the tourism industry. , arts and culture the main contributor. to gross domestic product while creating more than a million new jobs and jobs.
Mr. Boniface Gambila, Acting Director General of the NDA, said that developing the tourism, culture and arts sectors of the north was at the heart of the NDA’s mandate to accelerate the overall socio-economic development of the region. region, as well as to complement the aggressive policy of the government. campaign to promote indigenous products.
Mr Gambila said: “There is no doubt that northern Ghana has a comparatively plethora of picturesque natural tourist attractions, a melting pot of richly diverse cultures, ingenious arts and warmth, which when well packed and marketed, will attract the much desired foreign exchange income for the Zone.
Some of the participants called for awareness-raising efforts, especially among young people to develop an interest in frequenting the country’s tourist attractions in order to stimulate their growth and development.
Others also called for investments in arts and culture to support the tourism industry.