Hope For The Tourism Ministry — Hon Barbara Oteng Gyasi
Minister of Tourism, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has bemoaned the consequences of the pandemic on Ghana’s tourism industry.
According to her, Ghana’s tourism industry has been hit very hard by measures meant to regulate the spread of the virus.
“In fact, I even have to acknowledge the very fact that the Covid-19 couldn’t have hit us at the worst possible time for Ghana because we all know what we did in the year 2019 on the rear of the Year of Return and therefore the interest that we generated for Ghana as a tourism destination and everybody looking to follow up in the year 2020 and beyond.
“And then come 2020 we are hit with this pandemic and the way to resolve this pandemic actually kills tourism. So this has been a terrible time for the industry,” she said.
As part of measure to curb the spread of Corona Virus in the country the president, Nana Akuffo Addo had imposed a ban on international travels to and from the country. Hotels had been closed as well as most tourist centres.
This had negatively impacted the tourism industry and value chains which trusted these establishments to earn revenue.
However, the Minister believes there’s a brighter future for the tourism industry in Ghana.
According to her, the Ministry is planning to be ready to recover with full force when more of the restrictions are eased.
However, the Minister was hopeful that despite the setback the pandemic may have caused, the Tourism Ministry was working hard to make sure that Tourism becomes Ghana’s number one revenue earner in the near future.
“Our aim for tourism is to become the first favourite. Now we are at number four. We intend to overtake oil, cocoa, everything and become Number one. And I believe that if we are ready to roll in the hay we are getting to impact numerous lives especially our ordinary people, our rural folk within the communities where our tourist sites are developed.
“If we are ready to do that and are available up with the state of the art tourist sites, with all the varied interesting additions, improved tourist sites, it might drive more people visiting those communities, impacting the lives of the people there which will bring economic transformation,” she said.