She noted that good identification and appreciation of the rich cultural and traditional values, which define the people’s way of life, would make them unique and distinct from others, and thereby attract investors and tourists for socio-economic advancement of the nation.
Ms. Gomashie made the observation at the 20th anniversary launch of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority Tourist Club (GPHATC) here, on the theme “Promoting Tourism Through Maritime Industry”.
She emphasised that the recognition of tourism, culture and creative arts would help promote and strengthen domestic tourism to the benefit of all Ghanaians.
Commending GPHATC for its active involvement in tourism in the country for the past two decades, the minister suggested to the club to celebrate the subsequent anniversaries with an indigenous food bazaar to promote our cultural values.
The Director of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Mr. Jacob Adorkor who is a member of the club, said it had over the years accomplished its mission of helping promote domestic tourism by active participation in tourism programmes in the country as well as patronage of almost all tourist sites in the country.
He revealed that the club would soon embark on trips to other tourist sites in sub-Sahara Africa to explore and exchange ideas.
He pledged the club’s commitment and readiness to cooperate with the ministry in the needed capacities to promote tourism in the country.
The president of the club, Mrs. Mercy Akonnor, said the anniversary would be characterised by a donation to Sisters of Charity Orphanage in Tema on September 13, a cruise on the Volta Lake on September 24 and a thanksgiving service at the Tema First Baptist Church on September 25 to climax the month-long celebration.
From Ken Afedzi, Tema