GHANA DAILY GRAPHIC PRINT EDITION SEPTEMBER 27, 2013, WORLD TOURISM DAY

Posted on October 6, 2013

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Front page of Daily Graphic dated September  27, 2013 WORLD TOURISM DAY

Front page of Daily Graphic dated September 27, 2013 WORLD TOURISM DAY

I posted three comments on the SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA FB group page under the picture of the front page September 27th World Tourism Day edition of the Daily Graphic:

1. A number of posts on this edition of the Daily Graphic:

What a front page! September 27 World Tourism Day Daily Graphic. Of all the leaders in the world for Ghana’s president to be photographed with at the United Nations General Assembly! President Yahaya Jammeh, who has just pulled The Gambia out of the Commonwealth and yet whose economy relies heavily on British tourists. Must check the letters to the Daily Graphic editor to see if readers take an exception to the picture….to think of the hundreds of other world leaders at the UN General Assembly…

On our SCRAP page we’ve mentioned The Gambia…”Ghana is not the The Gambia, we can talk and write about tourism issues and policies here in Ghana.”

2.So I really thought my opinion piece SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA would be in the 27th September Daily Graphic..I thought I had it all arranged with the Samuel K. Obour, the Social Media Editor, who asked me to write an article. At least Mr. Obour was aware…

Well, it wasn’t in the print edition, just in the on-line edition, and how many people read that. I thought the timing was perfect…something substantive about tourism apart from all the details on how the day would be celebrated..in fact there was not a mention in the entire paper that it was WORLD TOURISM DAY!

Here’s the link to the article in case you missed it….

http://graphic.com.gh/features/opinion-scrap-short-term-visas-to-ghana.html

3. and no. 3 post: isn’t the irony killing…on September 27, 2013 World Tourism Day, the national newspaper carries the banner headline: GOVT TO DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT: President outlines steps. Needless to say the President makes no mention of the link between visa facilitation and job creation, actually he makes no mention of tourism whatsoever even though it is the third largest employer in Ghana!

I guess President Mahama did NOT take to heart Festus Tumi’s August 15th message on the President’s facebook page, if he ever actually saw it:

“Greetings Your Excellency. As a Ghanaian passionate about the development of tourism in Ghana I have added my voice to a group dedicated to scrapping the need for short-term visas for leisure tourists. Despite several emails and visits to relevant people in your ministries, not one person has responded.

I appreciate that you are a busy man, but considering the fact that tourism is the third highest earner in Ghana (and certainly one of the highest employers) I believe you might be surprised at the lack of attention this sector receives.

I have included a link to our page, and I hope you will find the time to take a look.”

THERE IT IS! TOURISM AND JOB CREATION AND VISA POLICY REFORM ALL TIED TOGETHER FOR THE PRESIDENT ….an issue always steered clear of, never addressed nor engaged…..

NOTE: JUST THE OTHER DAY, MY CO-ADMINISTRATOR FESTUS TUMI POSTED A LINK ENTITLED “VISA FACILITATION CAN CREATE 2.6 MILLION JOBS IN THE APEC ECONOMIES” THAT HE SAW ON…HOLD ONTO YOUR HAT…. THE GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY FB PAGE! Here’s how Festus prefaced the article:

Festus Tumi
I have just copied this from the Ghana Tourist Authority homepage. Finally we seem to be speaking the same language.

Here are the two comments following the article:

“Rod McLaren Hopeful sign? Forge ahead, SCRAPPERS.
October 4 at 4:47pm · Unlike · 1

Christopher Scott To be frank, the GTA doesn’t speak any language…they copy and paste what ever pops up about tourism on the net. The Min. of Tourism and GTA delegation heard the message about visa facilitation and jobs first hand at the recent UNWTO meeting. Did Ghana ever hear anything original about Ghana’s participation at Zimbabwe? Did the Min of Foreign Affairs, who moaned and groaned about unemployment in her riding, get the message from the Tourism Minister and the GTA delegation about job creation through visa facilitation and simplification. No, Hon. Tetteh got it from me and I got a big “NO”. But we forge ahead…..
Yesterday at 8:22am · Like · 1

And I’ll add another comment here:

Imagine how many jobs visa facilitation could create in the AU and ECOWAS countries!s

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