TOURISM, SIGNIFICANT IN GHANAIAN ECONOMY – MINISTER

tourism sattlelliteMrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts, has underscored the need for accurate, credible and reliable data as a means of assessing the true and fair view of tourism’s contribution to the national economy. She has bemoaned the fact that the sector is not measured as a sector in its own right in spite of its significant role in the Ghanaian economy.

Mrs. Ofosu Adjare made this known on Tuesday at a stakeholder’s forum on establishing systems of tourism statistics and cross sector collation of data for development of a Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for Ghana, in Accra.

According to the Minister, such a collaborative and participatory process was also aimed at identifying basic statistics for the compilation of a TSA, to assess data sources related to tourism in Ghana and identify gaps in relation to the Account, to identify tourism characteristic products and activities.

It is also to identify types of surveys and questionnaires, to prepare a work programme and an action plan for implementation, and to institute a multi-sectorial stakeholder committee that will periodically validate the TSA to ensure that credible data is being generated.

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare said tourism, globally, is not a clearly defined industry in the System of National Accounts (SNA) but it is an amalgamation of industries such as transportation, accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, and travel agencies.

She said the 1993 SNA does, however, provide for the development of TSAs for the explicit study of tourism-related industries and products.

The tourism Minister said: “ TSA is a statistical instrument used to measure the size of the tourism industry’s contribution to the economy of a country according to international standards of concepts, classifications and definitions, which will allow for valid comparisons with other industries and, eventually, between individual countries and between groups of countries.”

She said: “The role of the private sector stakeholders in providing data through surveys, administrative and operational records is very critical to this initiative and cannot be overlooked since tourism in particular is private-sector driven.”

According to the Sector Minister, TSA would provide producers of tourism statistics with the framework to improve national methods of data collection in the tourism industries.

She said it would also provide users of tourism data with extensive data outlay and build confidence in the credibility of data available.

She said the preparation of a TSA is important, but it is not the responsibility of a single institution and should best be approached as a collaborative effort, thus other public institutions which have important administrative sources of data are expected to play pivotal roles to ensure that the introduction of a TSA is successful in Ghana.

Mr. Charles Osei Bonsu, Acting Executive Director of Ghana Tourist Authority said the forum was aimed at setting the framework for guiding tourism statistics in such a way that it would be consistent and reliable to the national economy.

Dr Alhassan Iddrisu, Director, Economic Research and Forecast, Ministry of Finance said there is the need for creating opportunities for gathering reliable data on tourism.

He said it therefore important to systematically capture accounts on tourism for the purpose of national accounting.

“If appropriate instruments are provided and efficient measures are put in place, tourism could become the leading contributor to the national economy,” Dr Iddrisu said.

Source: GNA

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FUND TO BE ADMINISTERED TRANSPARENTLY


tourism levyThe Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has assured tourism industry stakeholders that the Tourism Development Fund would be administered as transparently as possible, and that until stakeholders agree on how the money should be disbursed it would not be touched.

The minister gave this assurance at a day’s forum held to help bridge the gap between the private and public entities in the tourism sector and to also create a platform to share information on the status of the Tourism Development Fund, its challenges, as well as decisions and actions needed to help turn the challenges into opportunities.

She said stakeholders had contributed over the years to the development of the fund and it was important for them to be made aware of the status of the fund as well as the way forward.

She commended stakeholders who had been honest and diligent in their contributions to the fund and advised defaulting ones to emulate their example.
 
Mr. Abraham Tetteh, Fund Administrator, Tourism Development Fund, said tourism played a very important role in the development of Ghana’s economy and created employment opportunities for lots of Ghanaians.

He said the fund was created to accelerate development of the tourism industry and improve quality delivery of services as well as promote tourism across the world, develop and promote other entrepreneurs.

He said the tourism levy of one percent, payable by tourism operators was, operationalized in October 2012 and the Ghana Commercial Bank, Universal Merchant Bank and Unibank are the consortium of banks that have been mandated for collection of the levy.

Mr. Tetteh said the cumulative collection of the tourism levy by stakeholders as at the end of July stood at GHc6, 042,500.00, adding that 86 percent of the contribution was made by star rated hotels, with budget hotels and catering services contributing five and nine percent respectively. 

He mentioned registered operators not paying into the fund, irregular payments, delay of payments and lack of capacity of the Ghana Tourism Authority to effectively and efficiently collect the levy, as some of the challenges associated with the fund.



tourism sattlelliteMrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts, has underscored the need for accurate, credible and reliable data as a means of assessing the true and fair view of tourism’s contribution to the national economy. She has bemoaned the fact that the sector is not measured as a sector in its own right in spite of its significant role in the Ghanaian economy.

 

Mrs. Ofosu Adjare made this known on Tuesday at a stakeholder’s forum on establishing systems of tourism statistics and cross sector collation of data for development of a Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for Ghana, in Accra.

 

According to the Minister, such a collaborative and participatory process was also aimed at identifying basic statistics for the compilation of a TSA, to assess data sources related to tourism in Ghana and identify gaps in relation to the Account, to identify tourism characteristic products and activities.

 

It is also to identify types of surveys and questionnaires, to prepare a work programme and an action plan for implementation, and to institute a multi-sectorial stakeholder committee that will periodically validate the TSA to ensure that credible data is being generated.

 

Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare said tourism, globally, is not a clearly defined industry in the System of National Accounts (SNA) but it is an amalgamation of industries such as transportation, accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, and travel agencies.

 

She said the 1993 SNA does, however, provide for the development of TSAs for the explicit study of tourism-related industries and products.

 

The tourism Minister said: “ TSA is a statistical instrument used to measure the size of the tourism industry’s contribution to the economy of a country according to international standards of concepts, classifications and definitions, which will allow for valid comparisons with other industries and, eventually, between individual countries and between groups of countries.”

 

She said: “The role of the private sector stakeholders in providing data through surveys, administrative and operational records is very critical to this initiative and cannot be overlooked since tourism in particular is private-sector driven.”

 

According to the Sector Minister, TSA would provide producers of tourism statistics with the framework to improve national methods of data collection in the tourism industries.

 

She said it would also provide users of tourism data with extensive data outlay and build confidence in the credibility of data available.

 

She said the preparation of a TSA is important, but it is not the responsibility of a single institution and should best be approached as a collaborative effort, thus other public institutions which have important administrative sources of data are expected to play pivotal roles to ensure that the introduction of a TSA is successful in Ghana.

 

Mr. Charles Osei Bonsu, Acting Executive Director of Ghana Tourist Authority said the forum was aimed at setting the framework for guiding tourism statistics in such a way that it would be consistent and reliable to the national economy.

 

Dr Alhassan Iddrisu, Director, Economic Research and Forecast, Ministry of Finance said there is the need for creating opportunities for gathering reliable data on tourism.

 

He said it therefore important to systematically capture accounts on tourism for the purpose of national accounting.

 

“If appropriate instruments are provided and efficient measures are put in place, tourism could become the leading contributor to the national economy,” Dr Iddrisu said.

 

Source: GNA

 

MAKE CULTURE THE BEDROCK OF THE NATION’S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA


BMNCC - edThe National Commission on Culture has been advised to do more to ensure that Ghanaian Culture is mainstreamed into all spheres of national life so as to make it the bedrock of the nation’s development agenda.

Addressing Board Members of the Commission at its recent sitting, the sector Minister, Hon Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare was hopeful that members of the Board would bring their rich experiences to bear on the work of the Commission to improve the sector and preserve the country’s cultural identity.

As a first step, the Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Board has tasked management of the Commission to take steps to ensure that the country’s cultural policy is translated into the various Ghanaian Languages that are thought in schools.

The Commission hoped that the passage of the Cinematograph and Film Bill, which is currently being subjected to broader stakeholder discussions, will help address some of the inaccurate portrayal of Ghanaian culture in movies and music videos.

Among others, the meeting also deliberated on the upcoming National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) in Sunyani on 25th November 2014 under the theme “NAFAC: A Platform for Economic Transformation Through Culture and the Creative Arts Industry”.

ALL SET FOR THE 2014 EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATIONS

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The 2014 edition of the annual Emancipation Day celebrations will be marked under the theme:    ‘’Reuniting the African Family for Development’’.

In line with tradition, the activities will start with a wreath-laying ceremony on July 29 to honour illustrious Pan-Africanists, Dr William E. B. Du Bois, George Padmore and Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

 

The event continues on Wednesday 30th July with the Re-enactment of the Crossing of River Pra at Assin Praso in the Central Region, with the Reverential night session taking place on Thursday 31st July at the Cape Coast Castle.

 

The celebration would be climaxed with a Grand Durbar of chiefs on Friday August 1 2014 at Assin Manso in the Central Region.

This year’s celebration marks the 16th milestone of Emancipation Day Celebration in Ghana.

Emancipation Day Celebration is an annual event observed to commemorate the resistance and liberation of African people in the Diaspora against enslavement and violation of their human rights. It is held on August 1, which marks the abolition of slavery in the British colonies in 1834.

The Emancipation Day celebration which originated from the Caribbean has been celebrated since August 1, 1834 when chattel slavery was finally abolished in the Caribbean. It has been on Ghana’s tourism calendar since 1998. Ghana became the first African nation to join in the celebration to re-affirm its status as the gateway to the homeland of Africans in the Diaspora.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

EMANCIPATION DAY 2014

THEME: EMANCIPATION, OUR HERITAGE, OUR STRENGTH

SUB THEME:”RE-UNITING THE AFRICAN FAMILY FOR DEVELOPMENT’

 

 

 

 DATE ACTIVITY VENUE TIME

Tuesday day, 29th

July, 2014

Wreath Laying ceremony in Accra

W.E.B. Du Bois Centre

 

George Padmore Centre

 

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

 

9:00am

 

11:00am

 

12:30pm

Wednesday, 30th

July, 2014

Dubar at Assin Praso (Re-Enactment of crossing of River Pra)

Assin Praso 10:00am
Thursday 31st July,2014

Reverential Night

vCandlelight Procession

 

vTestimonies-Spoken Word

vRoll Call of Ancestors

vReading of Proclamation

 

 

Cape Coast Castle   07:00pm
Friday, 1st August, 2014

Assin Manso Slave River and Reverential Gardens. Central Region

Emancipation Day

Grand Durbar at Assin Manso

vDurbar of Chiefs

vWreath laying on the graves of    two former slaves

vVisit to Nnonko Nsuo (Slave River)

10:00am
 

 

 

 

 

GHANAIAN TOURISM DELEGATION TOURS ZAMBIA

Tour to ZambiaA Ghanaian delegation of tourism practitioners from both public and private institutions has visited Zambia to explore the possibility of multi-destination visits by tourists.

The Multi-destination concept in tourism allows tour operators to sell tours that enable the tourist to visit more than one country to experience different cultures, wildlife, heritage and history.

The delegation was made up of the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourist Development Company (GTDC), Mr. Samuel Atta-Mills, his deputy, Mr. Gideon Aryeequaye, a past president of the Ghana Association of Travel and Tourist Agents (GATTA), Mr. Johnnie Morreaux and president of the Tour Operators of Ghana (TOUGHA).

Facilitated by the High Commission of Zambia in Accra and Kenya Airways, the tour took the Ghanaians to Victoria Falls and the Mukuni Big 5 where they had encounters with elephants and touched tamed lions.

They also met the Vice President of Zambia, Mr. Guy Scot, who is a white born in Zambia.

There were also technical meetings with officials of the Zambia Tourism Board and the country’s private sector.

Source: Graphic Online

EU COUNTRIES TO SUPPORT CONSERVATION OF GHANA’S HISTORICAL HERITAGE

 

Head of EU Delegation

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has appealed to the European Union to assist the country preserve much of its historical heritage, especially those that the Union has a shared interest.

The Minister made the appeal when she engaged the European Union Delegation to Ghana on the preservation of Ghana’s museums. She commended some of the countries for their earlier efforts in that endeavour, and hoped that they would continue to extend the support to the country.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, an Agency under the Ministry, took the diplomats through a presentation on the history and state of the country’s numerous forts and castles.

 

 

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