A long time ago, Hon Hanna Tetteh Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration questioned whether the people of Ghana would be in favour of such a policy decision as Scrap.
“WELL, HON. HANNA, HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU DON’T CONSULT THE PEOPLE OF GHANA INSTEAD OF JUST YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS!
Here’s what Hon Hanna wrote to her FB friends:
“The question for me really is how many Ghanaian’s think that it would be a good policy decision to allow all tourists (and essentially that means anyone who wishes to enter into Ghana and claims to be a tourist) on a visa free basis. I don’t know where Mr. Scott comes from or where he works, or why he has made campaigning for visa free entry for foreign visitors/expatriates a social media campaign issue, but I know that all European countries, the US, Canada & Australia require Ghanaian citizens to apply and obtain valid entry visa’s before we enter their countries and I do not get the impression that Mr. Scott is expecting visa-free access to be extended to Ghanaian citizens to any of these countries on abasis. If we were to do this it would have to be a policy decision that Ghanaian’s endorse. Mr. Scott seems to think that this will enhance job creation and any social or security concerns we may have are outweighed by the job-creation benefits of such an initiative & has undertaken to addressing his views to me on twitter. I wonder what my Ghanaian Facebook friends think of his campaign.”
Wow, did I ever get slammed…one her Facebook friends even threatened me with arrest!
Anyways, I feel rumblings that people want change with the following posts from Nshorena, a tourism promotion/environmental protection group….
Nshorena:Cape Three Points… A few goats were all we saw enjoying all that fresh paradise… Can you blame them? The first structure built there was the old lighthouse in 1875. The new one was built in 1925… Go to Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and see what hey have done with their own Cape…
AND MY REPLY!
Christopher Scott Tourists! We need tourists, not goats! ( Touristswatch.com) domestic and international leisure tourists, that’s what is needed and scrapping stringent short-term tourist visas might be a solution! SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA. NShoreNa join the conversation on FB and spread the word. Our Ghana Hotels Association initially said they were on-board, but continuing on with farm animals, chickened out! LOL!
Nshorena: Shama Kedzi (Anlo Beach), Shama, near Sekondi/Takoradi… Thanks to Hon Dzifa Gomashie for joining the NShoreNa Walkathon on the last day, as she did on the first day… If only all appointees were like her… The hard working action oriented DCE of Shama, Hon Kojo Appiah was present and spoke eloquently about the abundance of investment opportunities at the Anlo beach front and Pra river estuary… The chief and people of the area are also very progressive minded… So investors, please take note..
AND AGAIN MY COMMENT WITH SCRAP’S TRADEMARK PHOTO:
Christopher Scott Government must take note as well. It is their policy making that will determine if investors do invest. You want tourists on the beaches and not goats? There must be incentives to invest and for tourists to choose destination-ghana.com. Ghana Tourism Authority SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ghana P.S. It does not matter how progressive minded your local officials are-it’s central government that creates tourism policy!
AND A SECOND COMMENT TO BOOT…
Christopher Scott .. “If only all appointees were like her”…Yes, next time you want to invite another policy maker in the tourism sector Hon Hanna Tetteh, who I believe is crucial in determining if you see goats or tourists at attraction sites! Amos Anyimadu SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA Ghana Tourism Authority World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
ALONG WITH OUR SECOND TRADEMARK PHOTO, NSHORENA’S PHOTO!
…now if Nshorena will only come on board and get political! I just reread this…really who should get political is the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts…after a year of exposure to Scrap Short Term Tourist Visas to Ghana! And what about the Ghana Tourism Authority who I met with at the beginning of the campaign who were going to study just how many African countries have visa free policies. Nothing….