ELS SLOT VISITS HER 342nd &343th WORLD HERITAGE SITES HERE IN GHANA

Posted on March 2, 2010

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I GUESS ELS SLOTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS TAKES THE PRIZE AS THE MOST TRAVELLED GUEST TO COME TO FOUR VILLAGES INN! AND, NEEDLESS TO SAY, HOW PROUD WE ARE AT FOUR VILLAGES INN THAT SHE CHOSE FOUR VILLAGES INN AS HER KUMASI ‘HOME’.

READ ALL ABOUT ELS’ ‘STRANGE ADDICTION’ AND HER VISITS TO THE TRADITIONAL ASHANTI HOUSE AT BESEASE, JUST OUTSIDE KUMASI AND TO ELMINA AND CAPE COAST CASTLES. ALSO ELS MAKES AN OBSERVATION ABOUT GHANA AND THE FACT THERE HAVE BEEN NO NEW WORLD HERITAGE SITES ADDED IN GHANA SINCE 1980!

Here’s what Els writes:

“I promised you this morning to send the full link to my website. It is:

http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/ashanti.html

Asante Traditional Building, Besease, just outside Kumasi

The visit to Besease meant my 342nd visit to a World Heritage Site anywhere in the world.
This website is made & maintained by me, but other people are also contributing.

Currently, I’m number 6 in the world among the people that have the same strange addiction that I have.
See: http://www.worldheritagesite.org/community.php
I am now in Elmina, preparing for my visit to World Heritage no. 343 (the castles of Cape Coast, Elmina etc).

Here’s my report on the castles: http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/voltagreateraccra.html
The ones in Cape Coast and Elmina (together with 8 others, I’ve named them at the link above) together form one World Heritage Site (WHS)

ELMINA CASTLE COURTYARD

The only other WHS in Ghana are the Asante Traditional Buildings. Like the castles, this is also a group site of about 10-12 traditional buildings around Kumasi (of which I visited Besease).
So Ghana has only 2 WHS.
There’s also a list of possible new WHS that each country maintains (the Tentative List). For Ghana for example Kakum National Park is on that list (see http://www.worldheritagesite.org/countries/ghana.html).
A country can nominate one or two sites each year with UNESCO to become a WHS. But Ghana hasn’t done that anymore since 1980, while the likes of Mexico and Italy are happily adding every year (Mexico now has 29 WHS, Italy 44).

NOW IF YOU’VE GOT THIS FAR, WHY IN HEAVENS NAME HASN’T GHANA ADDED ONE WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1980?

THIS COUNTRY PRIDES ITSELF ON ITS RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND IT SEES THE GROWTH OF TOURISM AS A GROWTH ENGINE OF THE ECONOMY.

JUST WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP IN THE TOURISM SECTOR?

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