Posted on April 25, 2014


Paragliding 3

This article appeared on the Ghana Tourism Authority’s facebook page after appearing on its web site

I have put in bold letters what I want to comment on….

Paragliding enrich Kwahu local economy

Date: 20-Apr-2014

Ghana's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts

Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts

It is an aviation sport, which had provided a fresh impetuous for the nation’s domestic tourism delivery, as an integral part of the Kwahu Easter festival. The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts,
Paragliding has added to the country’s domestic tourism by enriching the local economy, generating income, reducing poverty and promoting national cohesion.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare said this at the launch of the ninth Okwahu Paragliding Festival on the Odwenanoma Mountain at Atibie, in the Kwahu South District.

She announced that a second paragliding festival would be organized in October this year, to portray the tourism potential in the area, while a paragliding training school would be established in the country to train local pilots.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare noted that, there were a lot of islands on the Volta Lake in the Afram Plains and advised the Kwahu business community to take advantage to develop them into tourists attractions.
Julius Debrah
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Julius Debrah said, the region is leading in domestic tourism destination in the country and needed funding to develop them.

He said as a result, a number of conferences were being shifted from Accra to the region, which has a lot of first class hotels, rest stops and restaurants to enhance the tourism industry.

There were photo and painting exhibition to portray the tourism potential in the Kwahu area. Fifteen pilots from mostly United States of America (USA), Peru, Japan, Belgium, France Thailand and Spain have arrived in the country to take part in the paragliding festival.

The pilots as at 12 noon yesterday had flown 12 people, out of 115, who had registered to fly at the cost of GH 200.00 each. A Ghana News Agency (GNA) survey indicated that, all the hotels on the Kwahu ridge and those in Nkawkaw are fully booked

Doesn’t that sound like something you would read on the SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA..enriching the local economy-well for Nkawkaw and Kwahu Ridge only. Scrap goes for the whole of Ghana particularly outside of Accra…generating income…well for four days. Scrap is all year round! Reducing poverty…for four days! Give me a break! Scrap would though with the increased business throughout the country and throughout the year! And as for promoting national cohesion…well domestic tourism would benefit that…

So here’s what I commented on the GTA facebook page:
Christopher Scott

“It’s policy decisions like SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA that will enrich local economies throughout Ghana throughout the year and years!

Then, on the Business page of Tuesday APRIL the 22nd’s Daily Graphic, this article appeared. Wow, look what the hotels did! that doesn’t do much for national cohesion! And read down to the section Hawkers…would somebody please explain to me what ‘tonga’ is! LOL!