Domestic tourism surging in Ashanti

Ghana-Tourism-AuthorityDomestic tourism is surging in the Ashanti Region, with the Kumasi Zoological Gardens alone generating revenue in excess of GH₵137,000, last two years.

There were 67, 544 visitors to the Zoo during the period compared with the previous year’s figure of 57,721.

Mr. Ekow Sampson, Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), addressing a tourism awards ceremony in Kumasi described the increase in tourist arrivals as significant.

The zoo is one of the most visited wildlife facilities in the West African sub-region and is home to some endangered animal species including lions, eagles, hyenas, elephants and snakes.

The event was held to recognize those, who had made exceptional contribution to the growth of tourism in the region.

The award winners, totalling 32, were presented with certificates and citations.

Mr. Sampson said the GTA, in 2014, facilitated a tour of 53 tourist attraction sites by 78 groups while it had in the preceding year aided the visit to 14 sites by 43 groups.

He also noted the substantial rise in the number of hotels over the past 20 years, and said from the 1995 total of 111, there were now 503 hotels in the region, putting the growth rate at 453 per cent.

He used the occasion to remind facility operators to be more professional in their way of doing things which he said was important given the stepped up effort by the GTA to promote cultural and eco-tourism to support economic growth.

Mr. Sampson said there was no doubt that domestic tourism could tremendously help to accelerate socio-economic development of the nation if the sector was well-packaged.

Source: GNA

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