78,691 tourists visited Cape Coast Castle in 2011 – Official

The Cape Coast Castle - Symbol of slavery in Ghana

Mr Stephen Korsah, the Principal Museum and Monument Education Officer, said 78,691 people visited the Cape Coast Castle in 2011 as compared to 11,681 in 2010, representing 11.96 per cent.

The Education Officer, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Cape Coast on Thursday,   said out of the last year figure, 10,231 were foreign students, 1,463 foreign children whiles14, 827 adults and 33,259 Ghanaian children also visited the castle with very important personality and Ghanaian students recording 251 and 6,979 respectively.

He expressed concern about the low patronage of the facility lately, and called on the public to visit the castle since it is one of the well-acclaimed tourists’ attraction in the world.

Mr Korsah said Ghanaian adults were charged GH¢2.00 and non-Ghanaian adults paid $7.00 or its equivalent in Ghana cedis and non-Ghanaian students paid $4.00 or its equivalent in Ghana cedis.

He said non-Ghanaian children paid $2.00 and Ghanaian students in the primary and Junior High School were charged 20p each and Senior High School students paid 30p whiles tertiary students with ID cards paid 50p.

Mr. Korsah said plans were far advanced to undertake research, documentation and  programmes to train interested individuals and groups and added that participants of the training would be expected to pay  GH¢200.

Source: GNA

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