Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture had noted that though the country’s tourism and hospitality industry was badly hit by the global pandemic, the government had rolled out a detailed plan to enable the industry recover from the ravages of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He said the government had already made an additional budgetary allocation of GH¢100 million to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture through the ministry of finance which he said would help make a modest recovery.
“Ghana’s tourism and hospitality industry have been greatly affected by Covid-19”.
For instance, domestic arrivals in 2020 reduced to 240,000 from 600, 000 arrivals in 2019 while international arrivals also fell by 70 per cent being 355,108 in 2020, from 1.13 million in 2019”, the Minister stated.
Dr Awal made the revelation when he toured some key tourist attraction centres in the region including the Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park, to assess their current state and expressed grave concern about the undeveloped state of some tourism infrastructure in the Central Region.
He was accompanied by Mr Akwasi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and other officials from the Ministry.
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