The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts,Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, has stressed that ensuring accessibility for all, including the Disabled in the Tourism Sector is not just a human right but also makes good economic sense.
She therefore called for a supreme effort to develop the Tourism sector not only to be welcoming to all but an avenue for rapid economic development for Ghana. She was speaking at the National celebration of World Tourism day/SADAFEST at Kintampo in Bono-Ahafo.
The celebration was under the theme, “Tourism for all promoting Universal Accessibility”.
Radio Ghana’s John Sam-Arthur reports that, this year represents the first time the World Tourism Day has been held outside Accra.
And it is no wonder that Kintampo was chosen to be the first outside the Nation’s capital to host the day due to the many tourist attraction it plays host to.
Among them are the well-known Geographical Centre of Ghana, the Kintampo and Fuller Waterfalls, and the European Cemetery.
It also has lesser known tourist sites like the Kunsu Caves and Slave Market.
The celebration which was dubbed World Tourism Day/ SADAFEST featured an exhibition of various Ghana made products.
They included clothing, beads, leather and brass works, wood carvings, straw baskets and many more.
There was also free health screening for interested people.
The Durbar was also interspersed with dance performances by groups from Bono- Ahafo and the three northern regions.
Prizes were also presented to winners of a Beauty Contest dubbed “Miss Tourism” and a Cooking Contest which was organised as part of the World Tourism Day/SADAFEST.
A huge crowd from all over the Country, particularly the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions was in attendance.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, said the SADA Zone which groups the three northern Regions and upper sections of Bono-Ahafo and Volta Regions and Ghana as a whole abounds in tourist sites.
She said all that is needed is appropriate investment that will unleash their economic potentials to create jobs and wealth for the Country. The Tourism Minister said under a collaboration between her Ministry and SADA, they are seeking to attract the right investments that will take Ghana’s Tourism to the next level.
The CEO of SADA, Charles Abugri, said SADA and the Ministry of Tourism have a duty to develop tourism in the SADA Zone to reduce poverty and boost growth.
He urged Chiefs in the Zone to help the process by being circumspect in the manner they dispose of lands through sales, adding that it will be these same lands that will be required for the execution of the SADA Master Plan.
Earlier in a welcome address, the MCE for Kintampo North, Justice Michael Baffoe, said his administration is determined to develop the many Tourist Sites in the Kintampo area to contribute to development.