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Visa facilitation is key in tourism development – UNWTO

Despite the threats that terrorism and cross-border crimes pose to nations, visa facilitation enabling free movement of people around the world has been noted as a key factor in tourism development. In its 2015 Visa Openness Report, the UNWTO argues that notable progress has been made in the area of …

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Ghana marks 18th Emancipation Day celebration

The 18th Emancipation Day Celebration has been marked in Ghana with a call on Africans to fully see themselves as emancipated and liberate their minds from Western idealism. Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said it was important that Africans worked together in the fight …

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Goldstar Air awaits clearance from GCAA to fly purchased aircraft

Ghanaian airline Goldstar Air, has lease-purchased three Boeing aircraft, awaiting clearance from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to commence operations. Mr Eric Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, says the aircraft, comprising Boeing 767,777 and 737, are based in France , and would be branded in Ghanaian …

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Osu Traditional Council launches 2016 Homowo Festival

The Osu Traditional Council has launched its 2016 Homowo Festival which focuses on setting up the Osu Tourism Management Committee to improve on the tourism potentials of the area and create jobs for the citizens. The Committee would receive directions from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts and the …

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President Mahama inspects, inaugurates projects at KIA

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday said the National Petroleum Authority would soon reduce the prices of aviation fuel by 20 per cent to encourage more international airlines to purchase their fuel from Ghana. He said the agreement was as a result of complaints from most of the international airlines …

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Airtel Ghana partners Kenya Airways to reward customers

Airtel Ghana, through its Airtel Premier sub-brand and Airtel Rewardz, have announced a partnership with Kenya Airways, to reward customers with up to 15 per cent discount on airfares effective July 1. The partnership was designed to give Airtel Premier as well as gold and silver tier Airtel Rewardz customers, …

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Emancipation Day celebration begins with wreath-laying

Wreaths were laid at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, the George Padmore Library and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra to officially commence the 2016; 18th Emancipation Day Celebration. The wreath-laying ceremony was in honour of three illustrious sons of Africa including Dr William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, the …

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Ghana beats Rwanda in reciprocal visa deal

Rwanda seems to have gone ahead of Ghana in a number of national development indicators, major among them, making Kigali, its capital the cleanest city in Africa and making ICT effcient, but at least Ghana has beaten Rwanda in one thing – Ghana is fulfilling a free visa deal between …

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Ghana to impose new charges on passenger and freight tickets

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it will, from August 1, 2016, place a Safety Charge of $10.00 on passenger tickets for international flights and $20.00 per tonne of international cargo. The Authority said the new GCAA Amendment 2016, Act 906  has empowered the Authority, as an autonomous body, to …

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Aviation industry contributes $72.5b to Africa’s GDP, but countries must open skies

The aviation industry is said to contribute $72.5 billion to Africa’s GDP, and across the continent, it supports 6.8 million jobs. A new report by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) says worldwide, aviation supports 62.7 million jobs and generates $2.7 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP). “The air transport …

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