Ghana to install airstrips to popular tourist sites
London, March 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghana is to install airstrips in most of her popular tourist sites as part of comprehensive plans to develop tourism in the West African state
The sales and marketing manager of the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), Malcolm Appeadu Frazier speaking on the Sunrise Morning Show on 3FM, a populat TV show said the plan would begin with the Mole National Park considered to be one of the best and most likely to attract large number of local and foreign visitors
The Mole National Park located in northern Ghana is home to elephants, leopards and rare birds such as the white-backed vulture.
According to Malcolm Frazier, “There are plans to put airstrip architecture at mole national park. There are some hotels also for example I know there are plans to do airstrips at rock city Hotel in kwahu so it makes it easier [for tourists to visit there]. We are looking at a weekend getaway so you can just drive or fly quickly to those places, and we have Kakum National Park where they are doing a number of improvements and development. We have Digya national park which is quiet big. So in terms of eco tourism we are doing a lot.”
The Digya National Park is the second largest national park and the oldest protected area in Ghana. Created in 1900 and given national park status in 1971, the park is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region. It is the only wildlife territory in Ghana to have Lake Volta at its borders.
Ghana recorded impressive visitors after successfully hosting “The Year of Return” last year.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, said the “Year of Return” programme brought about an increase of over 200,000 in total arrivals into the country.
Arrivals in 2019 are set in the context of an overall annual figure of between 900,000 and one million foreign visitors to Ghana. At the same time, officials said, some $ 1.9 billion was generated in revenue.
On domestic tourism, Mr. Malcolm Frazier said worldwide, out of the 4.8 billion yearly arrivals of tourists into their host nations, domestic tourism alone accounts for between 80-90 percent of arrivals; An indication that the domestic tourism sector including Ghana is growing