The World Bank has approved a US$40 million grant to support the country’s tourism and creative arts sector.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address to Parliament last Thursday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the grant was to help improve Ghana’s tourism to make it attractive to patrons across the globe.
The grant is to be used, among other things, to upgrade tourist facilities in the country.
Already, the President said, tourist sites, including the Elmina Heritage Bay, Axim Fort St Antonio, Assin Manso Slave River, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Bunso Arboretum, and the Kintampo Water Falls, were being upgraded to meet world class standards.
A draft policy to ensure that world-class standards were set and maintained at all tourist sites and attractions was in the pipeline, he added.
He expressed concern about how Ghana was always in the news for the good reasons yet had not taken advantage of that to attract visitors.
The President recalled that the tourism ministry had rolled out a campaign called “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana” to promote made-in-Ghana products.