The Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is set to hold this year’s World Tourism Day from 25th – 27th September, 2019 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.
This year’s UNWTO World Tourism Day is under the Theme, “Tourism and Jobs, A Better Future for All”. The celebration is a special one as Ghana commemorates 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019.”
Ghana joins the UNWTO member countries each year to celebrate World Tourism Day on 27th September. India has been chosen to host this year’s UNWTO World Tourism Day. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals. Ghana hosted the global community for the international celebration for the first time in 2009.
As part of the activities, the next edition of the Corporate Paragliding Festival dubbed “Fun and Fly” will also be held from 27th to 29th September, 2019 on Mount Odweanoma at Atibie – Kwahu in the Eastern Region.
The Paragliding Festival is fourth in the series dubbed “Fun N Fly.” Five international pilots will fly patrons.
Provisions have been made for group tickets in respect of Corporate organisations and VIPs.
“The month of September has been designated by the GTA as the Tourism Month and we therefore take this opportunity to urge all to help promote and market the country’s domestic tourism potential by way of our innovative marketing strategy dubbed, “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Feel Ghana and Wear Ghana” campaign,” the Authority said.
As part of the Ghana Tourism Authority`s mandate to position Ghana’s tourism in the global market as well as ensure emergence of a vibrant creative economy to improve and advance the tourism industry, series of events have been earmarked to be observed and celebrated on the World Tourism Day.
• Exhibition of Local Products : Wednesday, 25th – Friday, 27th September 2019, Centre for National Culture (CNC) – Ashanti Region, Kumasi at 10am each day.
• Float : Thursday, 26th September, 2019 ( from CNC – Central Business District and Back to CNC) at 9am.
• Symposium : Thursday, 26th September, 2019 , Centre for National Culture (CNC) – Ashanti Region, Kumasi at 5:30pm
• World Tourism Day Grand Durbar: 27th September ,2019 Centre for National Culture (CNC) – Ashanti Region, Kumasi at 10am.
• Corporate “Fun and Fly” Paragliding Festival: 27th – 29th September, 2019 – Kwahu, Atibie, Eastern Region.
Side attractions include – (King of the Mountain Cycling Competition – 28th September, 2019 – Kwahu, Atibie
Display of assorted local foods and drinks)
Major stakeholders such as the Ghana Tourism Development Company, Kwahu South and East District Assemblies, Kwahu West Municipal Assembly, Kwahu Development Association, Kwahu Tourism Initiative, Meteorological Services Department, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Ambulance Service and the Ghana Armed Forces are each playing roles to ensure a successful event.