HAPPY BLOG ACTION DAY 2014: AFRICAN TOURISM INEQUITY

Posted on October 16, 2014

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Yes, it’s BLOG ACTION DAY, or so Duncan Green of FROM POVERTY TO POWER fame informs us. And the theme for this year’s celebration is blogging about inequality. Green catches our attention with this cartoon:
inequality

Well, you know me…my inequity post is going to highlight, you guessed it, tourism to Ghana/Africa and to be more specific the campaign SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA. And like Duncan Green, I start with an image:
destinations

So, do you see any inequity in this World Economic Forum infographic posted two days ago. Ya, a whole continent no tourist destinations. But it’s the accompanying article entitled “Why countries should reduce barriers to travel” and prefaced by “Could your country transform itself into a top tourist destination? Tiffany Misrahi on the one factor that fuels tourism more than cheap flights and stunning scenery” that explains just why…

And that why is visa facilitation, that is reducing travel barriers. Here’s the significant part of the article:

“Enhancing the visa process facilitates travel and can make a huge difference, as experience demonstrates. We need to take a hard look at the barriers in place, remove the unnecessary ones and apply advanced technologies to reduce travel times while enhancing security. The World Economic Forum recently launched the Smart Travel report, urging collaborative efforts among all relevant public and private stakeholders and proposing a fully integrated model to facilitate travel.”

But you’ve heard this before and so has the Ghanaian government at international conferences and of course through the scrap campaign. In fact, here’s a riddle for you, what do the World Economic Forum, the World Tourism Organization and the Scrap campaign have in common. Answer: They/We are all ignored by the Government of Ghana!

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