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Economic Growth through Medical Tourism
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Economic Growth through Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is an industry that involves traveling to another country for medical treatment or care. Medical tourists may seek various procedures, such as dental care, cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments, organ transplants, cancer treatment, neurologic therapies, and more. Medical tourism can have significant social and economic impacts on host countries and communities, both positive and negative. Medical tourism, a rapidly growing industry, presents a significant opportunity for economic development in Ghana. By leveraging its skilled healthcare professionals, modern facilities, and favorable location, Ghana can attract international patients and generate substantial revenue. In this article, we will explore the potential of medical tourism in driving economic growth and devel...
Overview of heritage tourism and UNESCO impact
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Overview of heritage tourism and UNESCO impact

Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.  This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.  World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. Today, 195 countries adhere to the World Heritage Convention, as it is commonly known, and have become part of an international community united in a common mission to id...
Top 10 tourist destinations in Africa in 2024
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Top 10 tourist destinations in Africa in 2024

   According to the Travel & Tourism Development Index 2024, South Africa is the top tourist destination in Africa. The TTDI 2024 measures the factors enabling sustainable growth in the T&T sector. Cape Town, South Africa [Tripsavvy] South Africa is the top tourist destination in Africa according to the TTDI 2024 The top 10 tourist destinations in Africa are led by South Africa, with Mauritius and Botswana in second and third place The global T&T sector is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024. The latest ranking shows that South Africa ranks highest in Africa, followed by Mauritius and Ghana. Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant improvement, with the T&T sector boosting job creation and economic developm...
We are yet to explore tourism’s full potential – GTA CEO
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We are yet to explore tourism’s full potential – GTA CEO

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Akwasi Agyemang, has said Ghana has not yet fully tapped into its tourism potential. He acknowledged Ghana's significant strides in tourism but emphasised that there is more room for growth. Mr Agyemang noted that international arrivals reached approximately 1.1 million by the end of 2019 but declined due to COVID-19 in 2020. However, by 2023, the industry had surpassed pre-pandemic levels. The CEO also pointed out the growth in domestic tourism, noting that in 2017, about 500,000 people engaged in local tourism within Ghana, and by 2023, this number had increased to 1.4 million, indicating a notable rise in domestic tourist activity. Speaking on the JoyNews AM show on Tuesday, the GTA CEO stated that ...
South African filmmakers urged to boost cultural industry for tourism promotion
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South African filmmakers urged to boost cultural industry for tourism promotion

JOHANNESBURG, May 16 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's music and film industry should spread messages that would result in tourism growth, said Thembisile Sehloho, chief marketing officer of South African Tourism, on Thursday. Sehloho made the remarks at the Africa's Travel Indaba (ATI), held in the coastal city of Durban from Monday to Thursday, while discussing how film and music could be used to catalyze tourism growth. She said there should be strategic collaborations and a focus on authentic storytelling to lure local and international viewers, citing the example of the United States using film to promote their culture and country. "America created propaganda around using film and music to position their country, and we can learn from that," said Sehloho. South African award-winnin...
Africa’s Travel Indaba 2024 set to showcase global tourism innovations, networking
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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2024 set to showcase global tourism innovations, networking

Beach and Twelve Apostles mountain in Camps Bay near Cape Town in South Africa. Getty Images Image for illustrative purpose. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Durban, one of Africa's most cherished cities, this year's Africa's Travel Indaba is poised to unfold with the theme "Unlimited Africa." Owned by South African Tourism and co-hosted with the KwaZulu-Natal Province and the city of Durban, the event will run from 13 to 16 May. This well-established gathering in the tourism industry is not just an event but a celebration of Africa's warm, welcoming people and the continent's boundless experiences. The picturesque KwaZulu-Natal province, known for its rich culture, history, and stunning landscapes, including 600 kilometres of coastline, offers a perfect setting. The province'...
‘December in GH’ sees growth
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‘December in GH’ sees growth

The Ghana Tourism Authority’s (GTA) annual flagship event, December in GH (DiGH), has seen a growing appeal, with first-time visitors increasing from 40 percent in 2022 to 47 percent last year, according to the 2023 Ghana Tourism Report. The report, recently released by the GTA and titled ‘Strong Recovery’, describes DiGH as the foremost cultural highlight on the country’s annual calendar, drawing global visitors to experience Ghana’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural tapestry. The GTA reported 125,461 visitors during the events last year, marking a 7.7 percent increase over the pre-pandemic arrivals of December 2019. In 2023, US nationals constituted the largest group of participants, accounting for 39 percent, followed by Ghanaians residing abroad at 33 percent. The UK compris...
Tourism receipts hit $3.81bn 2023, – Up from $2.51bn in 2022
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Tourism receipts hit $3.81bn 2023, – Up from $2.51bn in 2022

The country’s tourism receipts rose from $2.51 billion in 2022 to $3 billion last year, surpassing the pre-COVID-19 record of $3.31 billion. Last year’s all-time high receipts accrued from 1.148 million tourists, posting a substantial increase over the pre-COVID-19 turnover of 1.13 million visitors mainly due to the Year of Return initiative. In addition, the number of tourists for last year was 25 per cent more than the 914,892 recorded in 2022, while the receipts represented a 51.9 per cent increase over 2022. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) made this known last Monday when it presented the 2023 Tourism Report, which celebrates the significant strides made in Ghana’s tourism ecosystem following the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  2023 Tourism Report ...
National Restaurant Show Unveils Culinary Icons for 2024 Event
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National Restaurant Show Unveils Culinary Icons for 2024 Event

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show has revealed its lineup of renowned chefs and mixologists set to headline this year's event, scheduled for May 18–21, 2024, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show will feature a diverse group of culinary luminaries, including James Beard Award recipients, Michelin-starred chefs, and influential TV personalities, who will share cutting-edge techniques and trends in the culinary and beverage industries. The Culinary Experience, located on Lakeside Center Level 3, will host engaging on-floor programming, including chef-led demos and book signings. Renowned chefs such as Rick Bayless, Christina Ha, and Jeff Mauro will showcase their expertise and offer insights into the latest industry trends. The Beverage Room, a...
Ashanti Region to host Feast Ghana Event On April 22
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Ashanti Region to host Feast Ghana Event On April 22

Tourism stakeholders have launched “Feast Ghana”, a culinary tourism event to showcase Ghana's unique cuisines and food offerings to the world.  The event, slated for Accra and the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, will showcase a variety of local cuisines and food ranges that form the staple for many Ghanaian homes in a bid to create commercial value and place the country on the international market as a culinary tourism destination. The launch featured, “Rep Your Region” by the Ladies Club of the GTA in all regions.  Event The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is organising the event in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Asanteman Queenmothers Association and the Public Service Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress (PSWU of TUC). ...