Thursday 2nd February, 2012Printable Version
Accra, Feb.2, GNA- Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism on Wednesday said she is gratified that Ghana’s tourism sector is contributing enormously to the socio-economic and political development of the country.
She said tourism contributed almost 7% to Ghana’s GDP and created over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs, which was a major source of foreign exchange and revenue that encouraged entrepreneurship and also spread wealth for poverty reduction.
Ms Dansua made this known at the launch of the Aviator Magazine in Accra.
She said tourism flourishes in a stable and peaceful environment, which attracts tourists to visit and contribute to the local economy and more especially to the growth of the communities.
“As Ghanaians we should therefore uphold the tranquillity, harmony and stability that we enjoy so that within this environment we can market Ghana better to attract the necessary investment, businesses and tourists to Ghana.”
Ms Dansua said the Magazine would present an in-depth coverage of issues on Aviation, Tourism and the Hospitality Industry and other related sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
“It is evident that businesses thrive in an environment where the media is involved in their activities, especially through globalization and the use of information technology, news could be disseminated easily across the world in a few seconds. It is in this respect that the media becomes a partner in the business of Aviation and the hospitality industry.”
She said Parliament recently passed the Tourism Law, Act 817, 2011, which transformed the Ghana Tourist Board into the Ghana Tourism Authority, giving more meaning to tourism infrastructural development and the decentralization of functions to the local communities where tourists’ attractions were located.
The tourism and hospitality industry are excited at efforts by Winirex Investment Limited to assist in the promotion of Tourism and Aviation and the hospitality industry generally, through their news publication in the Aviator Magazine, she added.
“The Aviator Magazine will link people to attractions, facilities and events in Ghana and across the world.”
Ms Dansua said the Ministry of tourism would envisage a strong collaboration between the tourism and hospitality industry and the Aviator Magazine, as part of current and existing complementary relationship between the tourism sector and the media.