The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched this year’s Ghana Tourism Month. The Tourism Month is observed each year in September and features a list of tourism related activities and events such as festivals, musical concerts, tours and climaxes with the World Tourism Day celebration on September 27.
Deputy CEO of GTA in charge of Operations, Ekow Sampson in his address at the launch today at the Authority’s head office said, “September as the “Tourism Month” in Ghana was instituted by the Ghana Tourism Authority and it is geared towards encouraging the patronage of prominent festivals, events, tourist sites and attractions in the country as well as highlighting the critical roles domestic tourism plays in growing an inclusive and sustainable tourism economy.”
He added that the government is currently pursuing quality tourism development that is internationally competitive and compatible with Ghana’s social values and environmental settings.
Member of Parliament for Mpraeso, Davies Opoku remarked that he was impressed with the attention domestic tourism promotion has been given in recent times, adding that it was necessary that all got on board to explore the country’s sites and attractions and share their experiences to the rest of the world.
He urged GTA to help bring much needed facelift to tourist attractions across the country; especially, those in his constituency which he said are more varied than the more popular Kwahu Paragliding Festival.
A member of the Ghana Tourism Federation, Mrs. Stella Apenteng stressed the need for Ghanaians to promote sites and the beautiful places across the country while inviting others to do so by sharing the moments they capture while on tour. For her, tourism is as educational as it is fun and interesting.
GTA’s Marketing Director, Mrs. Roberta Dawson-Amoah underscoring the significance of the tourism month intimated that it was time for people to let their hair down, unwind while imbibing new experiences.
“From the first day to the last day, we urge everyone to live everyday of the month doing something, relaxing and enjoying the country because there is so much to be enjoyed.
We’ve worked from January till now, it’s been work, stress, running here and there and no matter how our experiences have been, it’s only good for us, for our mind, for our soul and for our body to pause for a while, use this one month, reconnect with yourself , exhale, go to the beach , join a festival and dance your heart out,” she said.
The activities also include the Grand Finale of Miss Tourism Ghana 2022 which takes place at the National Theatre on September 2 at 8pm.
By: Samuel Obeng Appah