2017 Kwahu Paragliding Launched

The 12th edition of the annual Kwahu Paragliding has duly been launched.

The event which was instituted by the Ministry under the auspices of the Ghana Tourism Authority is aimed at boosting tourism within the enclave whilst creating job and income for the indigenes.

The paragliding is one of the flagship programmes by GTA which attracts tourists from all over the world.

 

This year's event will take place on the Odwienoma Mountain, Atibie from the 14-16 of March, 2017.
The general public is invited to participate in the event.

MOTAC Strategises for 2017

Directors of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture have met to strategise on a collective plan to achieve the sectors targets for 2017 and beyond.

Opening the one-day retreat dubbed MoTAC “Team Building” Programme, which had all Directors and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry, Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, charged them to see themselves as an integral part of the true development of Ghana by working assiduously to achieve the set goals.

“You must see yourselves as the vehicles for the change we all hope to see and continue to work as the professionals that you are” she said.

Mrs. Afeku, assured them of her readiness to lead the path in getting all the needed resources to make the ministry and its agencies deliver on their mandates.

She implored the directors and agency heads not to hesitate in coming forth to share with her any suggestion that will move the sector forward for the benefit of all.

“Let’s work hard and make an impact in the life of industrial practitioners and move the sector forward” she added.

Nana Oduro- Kwateng, Chief Director of the Ministry and moderator for the retreat, assured the minister of their (management) readiness to give out their best in putting the sector on the pedestal it deserves thus getting the needed recognition it so much deserves. 

Hungary – Ghana Annual Music Festival in the Offing

HUNGARY – GHANA ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE OFFING

The Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, Andras Szabo has proposed the institution of a music festival dubbed “Hungary-Ghana Music Festival” to boost tourism between the two countries.
The Music festival, which will be an annual event will be hosted in Accra and Cape Coast and will feature both Ghanaian and Foreign artiste. The objective is to increase arrivals into Ghana particularly from Hungary whilst providing a platform for p
eople to network and explore business opportunities.
This was disclosed by the Ambassador when he called on the Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture at her office in Accra. According to the Ambassador, music is one of the avenue for directing tourist traffics into a country and thus appealed for support from the Ministry in making this programme a reality. He indicated that, the idea was borne out of the feedback they received when the Embassy organised a music concert at the Alliance Francais during the Hungarian Culture Week.

Mrs. Catherine Afeku lauded the initiative and pledged the ministry’s and for that matter government’s support to the programme.  “This is a very good programme and a good way of boosting tourism between our countries, I believe with your links to sponsors and our commitments, we can take this programme far” said the Minister.

The Minister requested of the Ambassador an assistance to build the capacity of Ghanaian industry players in hotel management, food and beverage, culinary, front desk management architecture and curation.
The Ambassador was accompanied by David Bekesi, Economic Counsellor, was also to announce the opening of the Hungarian Embassy in Ghana and to ensure that the already sound working relationship between the two countries would further be cemented.

Statement by Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture on The Accident and Death of Students at Kintampo Waterfalls

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, wishes to express her sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday 19th March 2017, killing and injuring many. The dead and injured, mostly students were part of different groups visiting the site.
"We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals", she said.

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information. The statement urges the media and the General Public to be circumspect in their reportage especially in the sharing of images of the dead and critically injured.

 

For Further information contact Frank Siaw-Otu , PRO of the Ministry .+233 20 874 5686

Vice President Visits Victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster


The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia together with the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku visited the victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls to console and encourage students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, where most of the victims of the Sunday 19th March, 2017 disaster schooled. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Ghana, financial assistance was provided to the families of the bereaved, as well as the injured, who were visited at the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.

Minister Appeals for Korean Investment in The Tourism, Arts and Culture Sector

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, has appealed for more Korean investments in the culture, Arts and tourism sector.

According to the Minister, Tourism, Culture and Arts is one sure way of building a country’s economy and has therefore suggested the institution of a technical team comprising of officials from the Ministry and the Korean Embassy to work towards strengthening further the bilateral relationship, particular in the area of an exchange programme for practitioners within the sector.

The Minister made the appeal during a courtesy call on her by the Korean Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Wooln – Ki Lyeo to formally introduce himself to the Minister and also to discuss areas the two countries could collaborate more.

She also requested of the Ambassador, the facilitation of a familiar visit to Korea to boost investment drive into the sector.

His Excellency, Wooln – Ki Lyeo was appreciative of the warm reception and assured the Minister of Korea’s commitment to Ghana.

The three keys areas of interest which came up during the discussion were

1.      Investment drive within the sector

2.      Working visit to Korea

      3.      Establishment of a joint technical team to come up with programmes for the mutual benefits of both countries.

Minister Unveils Leadership of Creative Arts Council


The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture has unveiled the leadership of the proposed Creative Arts Council in Accra.

This act is in fulfillment of government's commitment to establishing a Creative Arts Council to coordinate and harmonize the various interest and fragmented associations into a well-functioning body which will protect the interests of its members in addition to providing an effective interface between government and all other stake holders.

The 3-member team’s mandate is to consult with industry practitioners throughout the country to determine who should constitute the Council and the numbers and advise government accordingly.

According to the Mrs. Afeku, the selection of the leadership which comprise of Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey, Gyankromah Akufu-Addo and Bibi Bright as President, Director and Secretary respectively was done in consultation with practitioners and it’s a true representation of what the industry needs.

 

She assured them of the ministry’s support in achieving this objective and thus appealed to practitioners to also support the leadership in their work.

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