A senior lecturer at the Department of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Cape Coast ( UCC), Proffessor Kweku Boakye has advocated the need for the country to invest in the tourism sector due to its immense contribution to the nation’s development.
He called on stakeholders to strategise to ensure that the nation’s tourism potentials were harnessed for the countrys transformation.
He was speaking at a sensitisation forum on the benefits of tourism, organised by the Central Regional office of the Ghana Tourism Authority, at Anomabo, in the Mfantseman municipality of the Central Region.
The forum was held to mark this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation Day.
Prof. Boakye said Ghana could develop its tourism sector to increase revenue for the country.
He said that the $2.1 billion revenue that the country recorded in the tourism sector last year, goes to buttress the point that more revenue could be raised by the sector if appropriate mechanisms were put in place by all stakeholders.
He said that the country had been blessed with numerous tourism sites including forts and castles, beautiful coastline, and cultural and traditional heritage which could be developed to attract tourists.
Prof. Boakye called on the government to improve transportation, to enhance access to tourist sites and to promote handicraft as well as the food and beverage industry to generate interest in marketing the nation’s tourism sector.
The acting Central Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mrs Dinah Adu-Owusu, explained that the forum was to sensitise the public to the importance of tourism to national development.
From David O.Yarboi-Tetteh, Anomabo