Thursday, February 22

Tourism

There are huge opportunities in the tourism sector — Egyapa Mercer
Tourism

There are huge opportunities in the tourism sector — Egyapa Mercer

Andrew Egyapa Mercer, the Tourism Minister-designate, has expressed enthusiasm about his new role, highlighting the significant opportunities within the tourism sector.His nomination on February 14 was part of a broader cabinet reshuffle announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, marking changes in key ministerial positions since his assumption of office in 2017.In an interview with Bernard Avle on the Citi Breakfast Show, Egyapa Mercer conveyed his determination to contribute to the growth and development of the tourism sector.Addressing the shift from the Ministry of Energy to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, he emphasized the vast opportunities he sees in his new role.“It is a question of how best you apply yourself in what situation you find...
Unveiling Africa’s peace, investment and tourism summit: The key to unity and prosperity
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Unveiling Africa’s peace, investment and tourism summit: The key to unity and prosperity

 In a realm where harmony intertwines with opportunity, an emerging society- the new Africa- is beckoning all seekers of enlightenment to converge on a nexus of transformation. Africa’s Peace, Investment and Tourism Summit, an annual symposium by the David Douglas Leadership Forum (DDLF), in collaboration with Daniel Robson’s Star Galaxy Media and other luminaries from across the globe, casts its enchanting spell once again.In the heart of Africa, a convergence of dreams will unfold as dawn breaks over the sprawling landscapes of Ghana, with a symphony of voices resonating, summoning visionaries, innovators, and dream-weavers to partake in a voyage of collective empowerment.Against a backdrop adorned with hues of cultural richness, the Summit stan...
Ghana to announces visa-free entry for all Africans by 2024
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Ghana to announces visa-free entry for all Africans by 2024

Ghana to grant visa-free entry to all Africans by 2024, aligning with AfCFTA’s vision for unified market and economic growth.Ghana is poised to revolutionize its entry policies by the end of 2024, with a plan to extend visa-free access to all African nationals, a significant announcement made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.This visa-free initiative aligns with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), aimed at crafting a cohesive single market across the continent, promoting economic development, generating employment opportunities, and tackling poverty. President Akufo-Addo, during the launch of the 2024 Africa Prosperity Dialogue in Ghana’s Eastern Region, emphasized Ghana’s commitment to visa-free entry for Africans.He stressed the importance of impl...
Tourism

Benin Voodoo festival rebrands to draw tourists

Voodoo followers attend the voodoo festival in Ouidah, Benin on January 10, 2023. PHOTO | AFPKneeling as she gazes out to sea draped in white cloth and strings of pearls, Simenou Dangnitche has just completed the final stage of her annual ritual.Every January for the past 15 years, the 48-year-old local has joined hundreds taking part in Benin's famed Voodoo festival.Participants gather at the "Door of No Return", an arch built by the beach at Ouidah in Southern Benin in memory of those crammed onto slave ships bound for the New World."It's more than just a festival," Dangnitche told AFP. "The meeting here is a pilgrimage, a rejuvenation, a reconnection with the ancestors to hear them speak to us again."Voodoo, known locally as Vodoun, is a religion that worships gods an...
Ghana joins Brazil’s Salvador Carnival to promote cultural trade, development
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Ghana joins Brazil’s Salvador Carnival to promote cultural trade, development

With the quest to engage members of the diaspora community to exploit the possibilities for Ghana’s development plan and promote Ghana as a preferred destination in Africa for tourism and entertainment, the Ghana Embassy in Brazil under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has partnered Brazil to celebrate this year’s Salvador Carnival in Bahia, Brazil.The annual Carnival is slated to begin on the 9th of February 2024 to 14th February 2024, and is themed ‘Reconnecting With Our Roots’ – and Ghana will be the first African country to participate in this carnival.According to one of the organising team members, David Owusu Mensah, the collaboration’s purpose is to bridge the gap between Ghana and diasporas in Brazil and Brazil itself, since we share common culture...
Exploring Some Major Natural Tourist Sites in Ghana
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Exploring Some Major Natural Tourist Sites in Ghana

Water is a vital resource that makes up around 70% of the human body. In addition to its domestic and industrial uses, water also has great tourism potential. For instance, a visit to Boti Falls, a famous attraction in the Eastern region, offers a chance to experience some truly spectacular uses of water.Boti Falls is a seasonal twin waterfall situated in Boti, in the Yilo Krobo District of Ghana's Eastern Region. It is believed that the fall was formed by the Pawnpawn River which originates from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo. The water flows at high pressure on igneous rock outcrops as it passes through the Huhunya forest reserve. Unlike most waterfalls, Boti waterfall is unique, with two parallel streams of water flowing side-by-side.According to local mythology, the waterfall on t...
We expect December in GH 2024 to be even better than last year – Tourism Authority
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We expect December in GH 2024 to be even better than last year – Tourism Authority

CEO of GTA, Akwasi AgyemanChief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Akwasi Agyeman says his outfit anticipates a rise in the number of attendees from across the world for December in GH festivities this year.He foresees that this will be accompanied by impressive growth in domestic tourism.According to the GTA boss, the last three years have seen a significant increase in revelers who throng the country for December activities."Based on the feedback we have received from event organisers, based on what we saw, based on the numbers at the airport, based on everything that went on, I think it was a successful December in GH for tourism. It is a revamp from the pandemic era," he said.He was speaking on the Joy FM's Super Morning Show on January 9, 2...
Top 7 African Countries You Must Visit in 2024
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Top 7 African Countries You Must Visit in 2024

Africa is an unparalleled tapestry of diverse history, landscapes, cultures, and experiences, making it a compelling destination for any traveler. From the majestic wildlife in Kenya to the ancient medinas of Morocco, Africa offers a diverse beauty of natural wonders and historical treasures. It is a continent you will love and never want to leave.On Africa Day 2023, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili conveyed a message emphasizing the vastness and diversity of the continent. He highlighted Africa as a dynamic hub of entrepreneurship and innovation, showcasing vibrant cities and a rich tapestry of cultures. Pololikashvili underscored the continent’s emergence as a key player in the global tourism landscape, boasting some of the most thrilling destinations....
December in GH: GTA endorses 183 events
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December in GH: GTA endorses 183 events

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has endorsed 183 events as part of the ‘Beyond the Return’, and ‘December in GH’ programmes.This means that the events have met requirements set by GTA and reviewed by a committee to ensure that they are well-resourced, can organise the event in a safe environment and also pull off the event successfully.“By endorsing them, we are putting the full weight of the state behind them and letting the public know that the events have been looked at very well.“This is in terms of security, the resourcefulness of the organisers and their ability to pull off the event,” the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GTA, Akwasi Agyeman, said in an interview with the Daily Graphic.The endorsements for this year are a huge jump from 122 endorsed events last year.E...
Don’t dilute Ghana’s  heritage —GTA cautions event organisers
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Don’t dilute Ghana’s heritage —GTA cautions event organisers

THE Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs at the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi, has cautioned event organisers against incorporating foreign cultural elements that can undermine the purpose of the December in GH initiative during the Yuletide.Making a submission at the recent Graphic Showbiz X Dialogue Series on the topic Promoting Ghana’s culture during December in GH, Mr Kusi stressed that organisers should prioritise events that showcase Ghanaian music and traditions, among others, to ensure a meaningful and culturally enriching experience for visitors.He emphasised that deviating from the core objectives of the initiative and incorporating foreign elements could disrupt the intended cultural promotion for visitors interested in experiencing Ghana.Additionally, he...