Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says Ghana is targeting 3.5 million people to visit the various tourist sites across the country by 2025. This, he said, includes both domestic and foreign visitors.
The feat, according to the Finance Minister would be attained in partnership with the private sector as part of the ‘Beyond the Year of Return’ initiative.
“Mr. Speaker, Government will work closely with the private sector to improve key
tourist sites and events as part of the Beyond the Year of Return initiative. We have
made considerable progress towards achieving 1.2 million visitors for 2023 with
150,000 jobs along the value chain, and 2 million foreign visitors and 1.5 million in
domestic tourism by 2025,” he said during his presentation of the 2023 Mid-Year Budget review in Parliament Monday, July 31, 2023, in Parliament.
Ken Ofori-Atta added that government aims at making Ghana the Hub of tourism in West Africa with the Domestic & Regional Tourism Campaign, dubbed “Experience Ghana, Share Ghana” which has been intensified across the country by government.
“Our goal is to complement this campaign, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park,
which was redeveloped and modernised with support from the World Bank and
other development partners, was commissioned by President Akufo-Addo on 4th
July, 2023. The redeveloped park will boost domestic and heritage tourism and is
expected to attract over 1 million tourists annually,” he stated Monday.
He said government will continue with the redevelopment of the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Salaga and Pikworo Slavery Camps and Yaa Asantewaa Mausoleum to boost domestic tourism.”
Ken Ofori-Atta also indicated that government will partner with the “Ghana Museums and
Monuments Board (GMMB) to renovate selected Forts, Castles
and Museums across the country.”