Tourism Minister, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has said the impending Ghana Centre of the World Project being spearheaded by the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) will drive and increase tourist traffic to the country.
Addressing participants at GTDC’s ‘Year of Return’ edition of the Centre of the World Golf Tournament in Tema on July 13, the Minister noted that the project when completed will diversify Ghana’s tourism offerings and offer visitors varieties to choose from as tourists.
The event which is the second edition, and in partnership with the Tema Country Golf Club was meant to connect with stakeholders and to solicit their support into the upcoming project.
Hon. Oteng Gyasi said the Tema Country Golf Club facility, has been chosen by the GTDC as one of the three infrastructures to be developed into a world class tourism attraction as part of the project.
The other facilities to be developed, include the Greenwich Meridian Presbyterian Church and the development of a passenger cruise ship terminal within the harbour area.
Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi said consultants are at the final stages of designs and estimates of the project which is expected to soon takeoff.
At the event, a monument was unveiled at a site where the Greenwich Meridian runs southwards through the ocean to meet the equator at the centre of the earth. The site is located at Hole Seven within the boundaries of the Tema Country Golf Course.
Meanwhile, the Minister said though the Tourism Ministry is focused more on heritage and ecotourism comprising castles and forts and nature parks, the Centre of the World Porject offers alternative reason to diversify the products in the sector.
At the end of the tournament, Tema Country Golf Club (TCGC) had a clean sweep in the Men’s Group A competition as Teye Lartey with 70 points, Augustine Manasseh, 71 and E.K. Ocansey 72 emerged in the top three positions.
In the ladies Group A, TCGC, Mercy Werner of the CGF claimed top spot with 72 points overcoming competition from TCGC’s Margaret Owusu Baah who recorded 73 points for second place whilst Florence Etwi Baah also of TCGC won third place.