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Ghana To Mark Tourism Day At Gwollu

2006-09-07 18:42:14
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THIS year’s World Tourism Day will be celebrated on September 27 under the universal theme ‘Tourism enriches’.

In Ghana, the day will be observed at Gwollu in the Upper West Region, which happens to be the hometown of late President Hilla Limann. A series of programmes running from September 24 to 26 has been drawn for the celebration.

They include sporting activities in Wa on September 26, a tour of some tourist attraction sites, such as the hippopotamus sanctuary at Gwollu and a tour of the City Wall.

On September 27, there will be a durbar to climax the celebrations besides the inauguration of the association of tourist clubs at Gwollu.

In addition, there will be regional celebrations under the same theme.

Briefing the media in Accra on Thursday, the Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, said the event is to draw public attention to tourism and its role in the socio-economic development of the country.

"Tourism is vital to the balance of many countries, especially small developing nations and this is the only way the developing countries can compete with the advanced countries as tourism assets are God-given," he said.

He indicated that developed countries, which 20 years ago enjoyed 90 per cent of total international tourists now enjoy only 60 per cent of such tourists and noted that developing countries like Ghana stand a greater chance of winning more international tourists.

The Minister said tourism is a major sector with the potential to help in the country’s fight against poverty.

The perception that tourism is an elitist activity, is wrong saying it is rather a business activity which is not a preserve for a particular group of people or individuals, he said.

It is only tourism that can assist people in the rural areas to catch up with their counterparts in the cities.

"Tourism has a limitless potential for development since people in the rural areas will have the benefits of their natural assets as tourists coming into their communities will enable them earn some foreign exchange," he noted.

source: Times

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