The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched this year’s Paragliding Festival at Mpraeso-Kwahu in the Eastern Region. The annual Paragliding Festival dubbed , “Fun and Fly” comes on around the Easter period and this years is from April 10 -13.
The 2020 edition will be the 15th since its inception in 2005. At the launch at the Mpraeso Chief’s Palace today, Deputy CEO in Charge of Operations at the Ghana Tourism Authority, Ekow Sampson said this year’s will feature novel additions which promise to spice up the Festival.
“This year’s paragliding will have side attractions like health and fitness walk, spin and win and a tour by the Kwahu Tourism Initiative to the attraction sites in Kwahu. The Paragliding event is an aviation sport which can be enjoyed by all groups of people, that’s the youth and adults,” he said.
Sampson later in an interaction with the media added that as part of the crystal jubilee celebration of the event, “we want to have a special activity to climax the 15 years anniversary of the Paragliding Festival. We also have a developed site which we also want to inaugurate; Abetifi Stone Age Park which is a cave which has been there for about 15,000 years and shows where the first people who came to Kwahu lived.”
A sub-Chief of the Mpraeso Traditional Council, Nana Anum, who spoke of the Chief of Mpraeso, Nana Ampadu Dadwiam II, Mpraesohene, said they were grateful for the continued support they enjoy each year during the Festival from the GTA and their partners. He urged them to ensure the safety and security of all those who will be participating in the festivities.
GTA Officials and the Media after the launch went to the take-off site to inspect ongoing works commissioned to put the place in shape in readiness for the Festival.
Paragliding Festival 2020 is under the theme “Soaring Beyond the Return.”
Registration is currently ongoing for anyone who would want to fly. Non-Ghanaians would have to pay 500 Cedis (USD93.72) in order to fly with Ghanaians promised special discount packages.
A full list of activities and other details on this year’s event will be announced later by the Ghana Tourism Authority.
By: Samuel Obeng Appah