Tourism industry needs private sector investment – Minister

Ghana's first canopy walkway at Kakum.
Ghana’s first canopy walkway at Kakum.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has called for massive private sector investment in the tourism industry to ensure maximum economic impact on Ghana’s development.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare made the call on Thursday at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo Region to mark the end of a two-day familiarisation tour.

She said tourist attractions like the waterfalls could be developed into a modern “must go natural site scenery”.

The 230-foot waterfall is situated at a serene forest environment.

Nana Effah Guakro, Chief of Kyeremankoma in the Kintampo Municipality, said transformation of the facility to meet international tourist sites standards is long overdue.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare also visited the Tanoboase Sacred Grove in the Techiman North District, where she said the Ministry would provide support to protect and maintain the place as natural eco-tourism site.

Nana Adomako Acheampong, ‘the right wing chief’ of Tanoboase explained that the Grove, situated in “a 300-acre virgin forest” was discovered by their ancestors in the 16th century.

He said no part of it had ever been tilled because that is a taboo in the community.

He said a major challenge in the maintenance of the forest is the activities of poachers who are disturbing the wildlife habitat.

Source: GNA

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