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08.02.2005 Travel & Tourism

Tourism Sector Generates $800m

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Ghana earned $800 million from 650,000 tourists who visited the country last year. In addition, about 180,000 jobs were created within the formal and informal sectors.

Disclosing this to the paper recently, Mrs Bridget Katsriku, chief director of the Ministry of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City, said that some 760,000 tourists were expected to visit the country by the end of the year, with an expected revenue generation of $1 billion and the creation of 220,000 jobs.

She said that the Government's five-year strategic tourism development plan to attract one million tourists into the country by the year 2007 to generate $1.5 billion revenue would be difficult to achieve unless budgetary allocation to the ministry was increased substantially.

Mrs Katsriku stated that the ministry would need ¢80 billion this year and similar amounts for the next two years to carry out activities to make the projection a reality.

“The target is ambitious, but with the needed resources to do vigorous promotion of the country, it is achievable,” the chief director said.

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