SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA: THE LINKED IN DISCUSSIONS

Posted on January 25, 2012

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You are invited to join the discussions on an issue that impacts Ghana tourism, the scrapping of short-term tourist visas to Ghana. The first takes place on the Africa Travel and Tourism group site. It was initiated by yours truly, madinghana, in response to a story announcing increased flights between Benin and South Africa and the scrapping of tourist visa requirement for their citizens…

“Why Benin and South Africa?” you might ask? Well this map says it all!

Freedom Africa Map

Now the question remains, “Why not Ghana?” Along with Benin, Ghana is free! And South Africa already has a big presence here in Ghana…in the retail trade sector with the presence of GAME and SAFEWAY here and in the mining sector. South African Airways flies here as well.

BUT GHANA DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME RELATIONSHIP! Citizens of both countries require VISAS to visit one another’s countries for tourism purposes.

This could be a first step, a case study for Ghana in opening up its borders to tourists. After all the Ghana Tourism Authority is on record that it is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to make Ghana the hub and the hot bed of tourism.

Should you go to the Africa Travel and Tourism linkedin group site, you will see a new comment about the Ghana Tourism Authority’s executive director, Julius Debrah…..let’s see if Mr. Debrah stands behind the authority’s pledge to leave no stone unturned as he runs for a parliamentary seat in the Suhum constituency.

The second discussionon the GHANA TRAVEL AND TOURISM linkedin group started off as a comment on a new initiative building a luxury hotel in Bolgatanga that would join the fight in poverty reduction through sponsoring local youth.

Here is the last comment:
Lyssiemay Annoh •

“Chris you have always said that visitors to Ghana do not arrive through the usual tourism channel but from word of mouth. This means that income from tourist visas is not very high. Ghana needs the revenue generated from Visas for the upkeep of its Embassies as well as to promote tourism. Very soon Ghana will become a destination that you trawl through the internet to visit and then short-term visas will not become necessary.”

Surely, you have a retort for this!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION…LET’S NOT GIVE UP. THERE IS TOO MUCH AT STAKE!

IDEAS, STRATEGIES WELCOME.

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