A new Information Centre has been commissioned in #Accra to serve as a focal point for the administration of guided tours of the #GaMashie area and a key resource in the identification and packaging of tourism assets in the city.
The facility located in Jamestown close to the lighthouse is expected to serve as a one-stop-shop to access reliable information and services to travellers, tourists, and the general public.
Addressing a gathering during the commissioning on Thursday, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, commended the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah for the release of the building to promote tourism in Ga Mashie and urged other MCEs to emulate the gesture in order to drive the development of tourism in the country.
“This Centre is being commissioned at a very exciting period on our #YearofReturn calendar. The #Jamestown to #Jamestown event which connected Jamestown, Virginia to Jamestown, Accra was one of the key highlights of the celebration. This December promises to be an explosive one with many grand events that will bring thousands into the country and Ga Mashie, and a central part of the visitor experience in Accra must be poised to receive the expected visitors, “she said.
She noted that tourism was a strategic pillar of Ghana’s economy and that Government was committed to addressing all the bottlenecks that were hampering its effective developments.
She disclosed that an E-visa regime would be introduced next year, 2020 to ease the process of visitor entry into the country adding that a “comprehensive site enhancement programme is being rolled out to upgrade selected tourist sites in identified clusters to enhance the visitor experience.
“We are working with Parliament to secure passage of a Legislation that will guarantee the registration and licensing of all tourist sites. Furthermore, the Hotel, Catering and Tourism Institute is being restructured to address some to the human resource challenges facing the industry in Ghana, “she said.
She urged all stakeholders in Jamestown to put the facility to good use.
Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in an address, stressed that the facility would not only promote tourism but also help boost the local economy in the community and create employment.
“We have the Salaga Market which used to be a slave market, the slave houses, thus the Azuma, Franklyn and Adooso Houses. We also have the James Fort and Usher Fort prisons, our former seat of government, the Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansburg among others. All these are tourist sites have a great history to be told, “he said.
He pointed out that, the tourism potential in Accra was huge and when tapped into would go along to improve the economy of Accra.
A minute silence was observed in memory of the late Herbert Nik Kpakpo Allotei Cofie whose tenacity and perseverance led to the commissioning of the facility.