The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in partnership with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority will mark this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations at Kintampo in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The event dubbed SADAFEST, slated for September27, is on the theme, ‘Tourism for all: Promoting universal accessibility will highlights on economic development potentials in all the five SADA zones’.
Launching the event at Kintampo on Friday, the Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare noted that the partnership between SADA and the Tourism Ministry was to promote and sustain tourism, pivoted on the country’s diverse culture and unique creative arts as the leading lights for development in the SADA zone.
She said SADA has seen tourism, culture and creative arts as key drivers for unearthing the rich economic potentials of the zone adding that the objective was to institutionalise SADA fest as an annual national event in all the five regions in the SADA areas, linked to the slave routes and tourism sites as part of the ministry’s panafest and emancipation programmes.
Mrs. Ofosu Agyare therefore urged all industry players to rope in SADA’s vision and objectives when fashioning out their programmes. Touching on employment generation, she announced that a total of 392,000 jobs were created in both formal and informal sector out of which 11,200 were direct jobs.
She appealed to all stakeholders especially tour operators and hospitality service providers to offer special attractive packages to enable many Ghanaians patronise tourism sites across the country.
Justice Michael Barfo, MCE for Kintampo North lauded the organisers for bringing the event to the area indicating that it will further enhance tourism activities in the communities of the area. According to Mr Barfo the area plays host to the European cemetery, slave market among other tourism sites which the people could visit for their pleasure.
He said even though Kintampo being the centre of Ghana has not received the attention in terms of development but announced that the assembly was putting up ultra-modern recreational facility with its Urban Development Grant to open up the area to tourists.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Kintampo