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First West African Tourism fair to open in Nigeria

The first West African Tourism and Culture Fair (WATCF), is to be held at Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, in Nigeria in February, next year. WATCF is an innovative programme, designed to help tourism marketing professionals to promote unique cultural heritage in the sub-region. The fair, which is on the theme: …

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UNWTO forecasts 1.8 billion international tourist arrivals by 2030

International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)  report released October 11, 2011. The UNWTO report titled “Tourism Towards 2030” which was presented at the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in South Korea, confirms that international …

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Festivals are not fetish, says Central Regional House of Chiefs

The President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, has noted that festivals are not fetish as believed by some people. According to the Regional House of Chiefs President, Celebration of festivals make the revellers to remember their ancestral history and also used it to take …

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Akuapems celebrate annual Odwira festival

The Eastern Regional Minister, Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi has appealed to the Akuapem Traditional Authorities to peacefully resolve all land disputes in the area to help maintain stability. Dr Apea-Kubi was speaking at this year’s durbar of the chiefs and people at Akropong-Akuapem to celebrate the annual Odwira festival, which …

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Ecotourism grows more than 20% annually, three times faster than overall tourism industry – FAO

The emergence of ecotourism is said to be growing at a faster pace than the overall tourism sector, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to FAO, ecotourism is one of the fastest growing segments of tourism worldwide, growing at a pace of more than 20% …

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Five forest reserves developing into ecotourism

The Forestry Commission, in conjunction with the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), is developing five forest reserves in the Winneba Forestry District into ecotourism. The reserves are Akrabong, Obotoumfo, Abasumba, Ahirasu Nos one and two, all near Awutu Bewuenum in the Awutu-Senya District. Mr Edward Awuah, Coordinator for Awutu-Agona Ecotourism and …

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Harmonize activities of pro-tourist institutions – Dr Segbefia

The Ghana Tourist Authority (GTA) has ended a day’s symposium on tourism in Kumasi with a call for the establishment of an inter-ministerial agency to coordinate the activities of all pro-tourism institutions. Dr Alex Segbefia, Lecturer of the Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and …

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Tourism Minister asks MMDAs to re-engineer tourism industry

Ms Akosua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism at the weekend urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to strike fruitful partnerships with private and corporate institutions to re-engineer the tourism infrastructure. This, she said, was the necessary recipe for the tourism sector to reap full dividend. Ms Dansua asked …

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Brong-Ahafo Region prepares for 2012 NAFAC

Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, on Friday inaugurated a 29-member Regional Planning Committee that will organize the 2012 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) in the Region. The committee has the Regional Minister as chairman and Nana Bofo Bene IV, the Chief of Dwenem, as the …

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