Press Releases of Tuesday, 13 September 2011

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Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary Hosts World Tourism Day

Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary Hosts
World Tourism Day 2011 On September 27

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has set aside 27th of September each year to commemorate World Tourism Day throughout the world.
This year’s event is under the theme “Tourism: Linking Cultures”, an indication of the symbiotic relationship between tourism and culture, and how tourism could be used as a vehicle to promote peaceful coexistence and mutual trust among people with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and orientations.
In Ghana, Regional Celebrations will be held nationwide, with the National event taking place at the Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region.
Highlights of the celebrations include a tour of tourist attraction sites within the Kpando/Hohoe circuit on Saturday, 24th September, climaxing with a Grand Durbar at Tafi-Atome on Tuesday, September 27th. Side attractions include a Traditional Gastronomy (food fair), Arts and Crafts Exhibition, and Cultural Performances to showcase the unique cultural heritage of the Ghana.
We invite Ghanaians, especially policy makers, stakeholders in the industry, and potential investors to take time off their work schedules to take part in the celebrations so as to appreciate the potential benefits of the sector to the national economy.
It is worth noting that last year alone, the tourism sector contributed over $1.8 Billion to the national economy, an equivalent of 6.2% of GDP. It also plays a critical role in the conservation of the environment and our cultural heritage. Given the needed priority attention and capital injection, tourism can become the number one and the most sustainable foreign exchange earner for the country, from its current 4th place after gold, cocoa, and foreign remittances.
On the occasion of the celebration of World Tourism Day 2011, the Ministry of Tourism appeals to Corporate Ghana and individuals to support the event. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge RLG Communications, Kasapreko Company Ltd, Golden Tulip, Valley Pallacio (Peki), and Grand View Hotels, the Hohoe Municipal Assembly, and the Kpando District Assembly for their sponsorship towards this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations.
Come let’s celebrate World Tourism Day 2011: Welcome! MIAWOE ZOR!!!
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