Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
|Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts|
|Jurisdiction||Republic of Ghana|
Functions of the MinistryEdit
The ministry functions to develop and promote tourism and improve the capital city, Accra. These functions are aimed at optimising the socio-economic growth of the country through tourism-related activities and the promotion of environmental impact for the benefit of deprived communities with tourist sites in the country.
Minister of TourismEdit
The ministry is headed by the Minister of Tourism. The president appoints the sector minister, who is then presented to Parliament for approval. The ministry has had a change of name to Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in 2013.
|2009–2010||Juliana Azumah-Mensah (MP)|
|2011–2012||Akua Sena Dansua (MP)|
|2019–Present||Barbara Oteng Gyasi|
In 2011, 1,087,000 tourists visited Ghana.
Tourist arrivals to Ghana include South Americans, Asians, Europeans. Ghana's all year round tropical warm climate along with its many varieties of wildlife; exotic waterfalls such as Kintampo Waterfalls and the largest waterfall in West Africa, Tagbo Falls; Ghana's coastal palm-lined sandy beaches; caves; mountains, rivers; meteorite impact crater and reservoirs and lakes such as Lake Bosumtwi or Bosumtwi meteorite crater and the largest lake in the world by surface area, Lake Volta; dozens of castles and forts; UNESCO World Heritage Sites; nature reserves and national parks are major tourist destinations in Ghana.
The World Economic Forum statistics in 2010 showed that Ghana was 108th out of 139 countries as the world's favourite tourism destinations. The country had moved two places up from the 2009 rankings. In 2011, Forbes magazine, published that Ghana was ranked the eleventh most friendly country in the world. The assertion was based on a survey in 2010 of a cross-section of travelers. Of all the African countries that were included in the survey, Ghana ranked highest. Tourism is the fourth-highest earner of foreign exchange for the country.
Major tourist sites under the ministryEdit
- Kakum National Park – National Park
- Mole National Park – National Park
- Ankasa National park – National Park
- Cape Coast Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Elmina Castle – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Nzulezo – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Tourism sites in Ghana
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- "Catherine Afeku out, Barbara Gyasi now Tourism Minister". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
- "We Are Serious About Overcoming The Challenges Confronting Tourism Development". Ministry of Tourism Ghana. Retrieved 14 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Trade Expo International Ghana". uniquetrustex.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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