The designated Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey, said the ministry was engaging local and international investors to invest in the creation of more tourist sites across the country.
Speaking during his review by Parliament’s Appointments Committee, he explained that the creation of new tourist sites in the country could help encourage Ghanaians to travel, which in turn will boost domestic tourism.
Naming some of the areas that can be explored, Mr Okraku-Mantey said: “At the moment, the home of ex-President Rawlings, Dr Kwame Nkrumah and other sites are considered tourist spots.”
“Kasapreko Company Limited, Accra Brewery Limited, all of these sites may be considered tourist spots depending on how prepared we are to sell our history.”
The former Chairman of the Creative Arts Council explained that the ministry will continue to engage with experts to make the homes of some of Ghana’s famous rulers a place of attraction.
Through these sites, he said Ghanaians and other tourists can learn more about the stories Ghana has to tell.
“Where I come from Akropong Akuapem, we can create a museum because a small town produced three rulers in this country. We have Akufo-Addo’s father, General Akufo, then President Akufo-Addo, so we can have a kind of presidential museum in the mountains, ”Okraku-Mantey said.
In the meantime, he urged Ghanaians to make conscious efforts to visit their hometowns, old schools, among others, to help boost domestic tourism.
Mr. Okraku-Mantey explained that with these trips, drivers can earn money, hotels can also cash, vendors, among others.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Tourism Authority has launched an “Experience Ghana, Share Ghana” campaign to boost domestic tourism.
The campaign should encourage the general public to travel and experience Ghana through our attractions, food, clothing, music and dance.
GTA revealed that through the Experience Ghana campaign, Share Ghana, “the public will have the opportunity to experience Ghana with discounted tourism packages and a chance to win prizes by sharing the activities they engage in through through posts on all social media platforms “.
The 18 month campaign has been packed with activities including ‘Travel, Share & Win’ where people are expected to travel anywhere in Ghana, sharing their photos and videos on social media for a chance to win prizes.