Ghana’s tourism is strongly anchored on the pillars of history, culture and creative arts, which resonate strongly with the majority of Chinese tourists, Mrs Elisabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has said.
She said Chinese cookery was popular and widely available across the length and breadth of the country and beyond which made Chinese visitors to feel at home whenever they visited Ghana.
She was speaking at the Ghana-China stakeholders’ forum with Chinese tour operators and travel writers in Accra on the theme: “Promoting Ghana as a Chinese Outbound Tourism Destination.”
The visit was to help promote Ghana as the preferred tourism destination in West Africa to the Chinese outbound market.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Tourism Safety Security Initiative, a Non Governmental Organisation, the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies had initiated measures to ensure adequate security for all visitors.
She said the Ministry and that of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration as well as some departments were collaborating to facilitate the speedy visa acquisition by the Chinese tourists.
“I wished to commend the Ghana Immigration Service for granting visas on arrival on gratis basis for this group. This is ample demonstration of the GIS’s commitment to ensure smooth and hassle free entry into Ghana,” she said.
Dr Adam Wu, the Chief Executive Officer of CBN Travel and MICE, said the organisation supported tourism promotion for authorities at the national, regional and local levels.
The three-country familiarisation tour of Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia was sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines with support of tour operators.