GTB record growth in domestic tourism
Tema, April 24, GNA – The Ghana Tourist Board has
recorded a significant growth in domestic tourism as statistics for
2008 showed that 77 percent of visitors to 38 tourist sites in the
country were local residents.
Some 615,207 Ghana cedis was realised from over half a
million visits to the sites during the period, Mr Edwin
Owusu-Mensah, Deputy Executive Director-Operations of the
Ghana Tourist Board (GTB) said on Thursday.
Mr Owusu-Mensah said this at the inauguration of 11
executive members of the rejuvenated Tema Port branch of the
Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) Tourist Club.
He said as part of measures to promote domestic
tourism, the GTB had encouraged the formation of tourism clubs at
schools, work places and churches and that there are over 150 clubs
with 12,000 membership nationwide.
Mr Owusu-Mensah said domestic tourism must be
promoted as the United Nations World Tourism Organization
believes that the volume of domestic tourism globally is 10 times
more than international tourism.
He said domestic tourism would inspire a sense of
national identity, unity and cultural integration among Ghanaians as
interaction with people in other communities would result in
appreciating and understanding of their way of life.
It also provides an opportunity for learning more about
the country as well as generating employment for the people, prevent
rural-urban migration and improve the economy of communities.
Mr Owusu-Mensah congratulated GPHA for reviving the
club and expressed the hope that the club's activities would
encourage other organizations in the Tema metropolis to form or
revive theirs to promote a viable domestic tourism.
Mr Kodwo Adansi Bonna, General Manager,
Administration of GPHA, called on the GTB and other stakeholders
not to only pay lip service to the sector but should put in practical
measures to promote tourism.
Mr Bonna said the country's infrastructure must be
developed to attract tourists both local and foreigners to the sites,
adding that while roads to most of the sites were in deplorable state,
hotel accommodations are not affordable.
He gave the assurance that management was prepared to
fully support the club as it sees it as an aspect of the company's
welfare policy due to the benefits associated with its activities
especially helping to reduce stress among the staff.
He appealed to the club not to only concentrate on
travelling but should also use its activities to improve operations at
the port as well as their human relations.
“Such actions can attract more people to the port as it is one of
the tourist sites in the country.”
Mr Kumi Adjei-Sam, President of the club, said the
association which was formed in 1996 died off as most of its
members became redundant.
He said it was revived in March with 80 members and that
its aim was to promote the cooperate image of GPHA through