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General News of Thursday, 28 May 2020

Source: Class FM

Year of Return fetches Ghana US$3.3bn


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Ghana earned US$3.3 billion from the Year of Return initiative, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has said.

According to her, the earnings were made for accommodation, food, shopping, local transport and entertainment.

GH¢6 million was however spent on promoting the Year of Return campaign in and out of the country.

The Minister emphasised that average expenditure per tourist was $2,391.

“By the end of 2019, the international arrivals reached 1.13 million from 956,372 in the year 2018 which was 27% growth which was above the global average of 5%. The average expenditure per tourist increased from $2,708 in 2018 to $2,931 in 2019. The receipts attributed to tourism is, therefore, $3.312 billion. The increased number of travellers to Ghana positively impacted five sector industries such as airlines, hotels, tour operators, restaurants, and arts and craft dealers to name a few,” she said when responding to questions in Parliament today, May 28, 2020.

The government initiated the Year of Return which was primarily focused on encouraging African diasporans to settle in Ghana and invest in the continent.

Many high profile African Americans in the diaspora including celebrities Ludacris, Cardi B and Steve Harvey during the period visited Ghana, their ancestry roots.

The project was launched in September 2018.

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