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28.09.2005 Regional News

More than 1,000 people throng Adasawase to view waterfall

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Adasawase (E/R), Sept. 28, GNA - More than 1,000 people on Tuesday thronged Adasawase, a town located five kilometres off Ayinam in the Eastern Region, to view a waterfall believed to be among the biggest in the country but was unknown until recently.

The young, old men, women, children and government officials, including Mr Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, Deputy Minister of Tourism, walked the 10-kilometre distance from the town to the waterfall to climax the celebration of World Tourism Day.

World Tourism Day is celebrated worldwide every September 27 to expose unknown tourist attractions both for domestic and international tourism.

This year's celebration was under the theme: "Travel and Transport, An Imaginary of Jules Verne to the Reality of the 21st Century". It was to educate transport owners, tour operators and Ghanaians about the need to practice road safety and its relevance to tourism development. The local people have named it Tini Waterfall after River Tini, the source of their drinking water. It is believed that River Tini has its source from the waterfall.

However, the people from Ministry of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City and other tourists referred to it as Adasawase Waterfall.

A virgin forest, caves and beautiful rocks surround the waterfall. It is big in volume and falls at over 60 metres high and is seven metres wide.

One official of the Ghana Tourist Development Agency described the journey as a real adventure.

He said: "My travelling to Adasawase would have been useless if I did not come to see the waterfall."

Some of tourists sat in tractors to get back to the town, as even four by four vehicles could not be driven on the road. A tractor, which is not to pick passengers, had about 15 people, and others struggled to find a place since it was very difficult walking back to the town.

The villagers took advantage of the occasion to display foodstuffs for the tourists to buy; others sold boiled eggs, apples and other fruits on the road to the waterfall to the tourists.

Mr Ferdinand Ayim, Special Assistant to the Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City, told the GNA that the waterfall favourably compared with similar attractions of international dimension.