Champion Drive to Promote Tourism – Awal Tells Ghanaians Abroad

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has urged Ghanaian residents in the United States of America (USA) to champion the drive to increase international tourism by promoting tourist attractions in Ghana .

He said tourism assets such as forts and castles, rich and diverse culture, highlife music and eco-tourism sites are some of the unique attractions in Ghana that should be promoted and marketed to the international community. .

Dr Awal made the call when he addressed a gathering of Ghanaians at this year’s GhanaFest held in Chicago over the weekend.

The two-day festival, organized by the Ghana National Council (GNC) in Chicago, aims to celebrate and promote Ghana’s cultural heritage through music, dance, food and clothing.

It also aims to forge unity among the various Ghanaian ethnic groups in Chicago and the United States in general.

Dr Awal said the government of President Akufo-Addo has prioritized the development of tourism, arts and culture as tools for economic transformation and wealth creation, and he pleaded with the people to continue to live in peace and harmony.

He said tourists from the United States accounted for over 60% of all international arrivals to Ghana, and stressed the need for all stakeholders to support efforts to increase tourist traffic in Ghana.

The Minister mentioned that some major tourist sites including Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park were being rehabilitated and upgraded to make them attractive.

Dr. Awal added that as Ghanaian citizens residing in the United States strive to achieve excellence outside of Ghana, it was pertinent for them to remain resolute in their support of the government’s efforts to build an environment strong and equitable socio-economic status.

He said it is incumbent on all Ghanaians in the Diaspora to make a deliberate effort to visit Ghana, explore the many investment opportunities available and establish themselves to enable them to create jobs for the burgeoning youth.

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Hajia Alima Mahama, said the Ghana Mission will soon engage the services of an Honorary Consul for Chicago and this will go a long way in improving consular services in the Chicago area.

She commended Ghanaian residents for their rule of law and urged them to continue to promote the interest of Ghana in their daily activities.

MP for Assin Central, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong advised people to take advantage of the many business opportunities in Ghana to start businesses that will help grow the Ghanaian economy and create jobs for the youth.

He pleaded with entrepreneurs not to be discouraged by the challenges associated with setting up new businesses, adding that perseverance was an essential ingredient for the success of any business venture.

The Chairman of the National Council of Ghana, Mr. Paa Kwasi Sam, said that one of the successes achieved by the council is the free monthly health services for its members, and commended the health care providers for their spirit of volunteering.

He praised the pioneers of the GhanaFest event, adding that the festival, which began 34 years ago, is the most outstanding African cultural exhibition in the diaspora.

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