The Ghana’s Chief Director of the Ministry of Culture, Creative Arts and Tourism, Nana Bright Oduro-Kwateng has declared that given the minimum resources needed by his Ministry, the tourism sector could generate three billion dollars annually.
He disclosed that with such funds Ghana would not need to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support, stressing that the country has many tourist sites and with little investments, could beat many of the most visited tourists’ destinations in Africa.
Oduro-Kwateng who was speaking at this year’s Biennial Conference of the Senior Staff Association of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) at Koforidua also lamented that, despite the huge potential of the tourism sector, his Ministry receives very low budgetary support because some policy makers could not appreciate the potential of the sector.
He appealed to the staff of GTA to stop issuing threats to investors in the sector with closure of their facilities but rather approach them and find a way of assisting them to be able to fulfill their legal and other obligations to the country and their clients.
On his part, the President of the GTA Senior Staff Association, Mr George Nkrumah called for the use of the earnings of the country’s oil and gas sector to expand the tourism industry to increase the revenue base of the country.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of GTA, Professor Akunu Daker called for the development of strategic plan for the development of the tourism sector of the country.
Prof. Daker called for advertisement and promotions to hearten local tourism and the development of networking among all the regional offices of GTA.
He advocated for the development of a system where with just a click, one could get information on all the tourist sites in the country.