Business News of Friday, 7 March 2008
Cape Coast, March. 7, GNA- The Central Regional Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Mr Nicholas Ivor, on Friday expressed delight in the boost in tourism in the Central region resulting in the increase of revenue.
Mr Ivor, who disclosed this to the GNA in an interview in Cape Coast, said the Cape Coast and Elmina castles were able to generate an amount of GH¢210,795.83 in 2007 compared to GH¢146,641.68 in 2006. He said a total of 135,070 tourists visited the two castles last year as against 104,529 in 2006 and 76,019 in 2005.
The regional Director said the Elmina castle received 65,018 visitors in 2007 and 47,838 visitors in 2006, while the Cape Coast castle received 70,052 and 56,691 in 2007 and 2006 respectively. He said the hosting and advertising of the CAN 2008 attracted a lot of tourists to the country and was hopeful that his outfit would generate more revenue.
Mr Ivor encouraged Ghanaians and especially students to develop the interest in visiting tourist attractions in the country, especially the castles to enable them to learn more about the country's history.