STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE HON. MINISTER OF TOURISM CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS, MRS. ELIZABETH OFOSU-ADJARE, AT THE MEDIA LAUNCH OF THE 2014 OKWAHU PARAGLIDING FESTIVAL ON 27TH MARCH, 2014 AT ALISA HOTEL AT 10:00AM

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY
DISTRICT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF KWAHU SOUTH DISTRICT ASSEMBLY
THE PRESIDENT, GHANA TOURISM FEDERATION (GHATOF)
DIRECTORS AT THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS AND ITS IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES
THE AG. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MANAGEMENT AND STAFF, GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,
FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA,
LADIES & GENTLEMEN,

Once again the paragliding season is here with us and the ministry of tourism, culture and creative arts and the Ghana tourism authority are gearing up for the celebration of the 2014 Okwawu paragliding festival slated for April 18 – 22, 2014.
The festival which coincides with the Easter festivities in Kwahu, has given an international dimension to the popular Kwahu Easter. It has also contributed to the promotion of Ghana’s domestic tourism.


This year’s event, which is the 9th in the series, promises to be even more exciting. This is because there will be other side attractions like a photographic exhibition on the tourism potentials of Kwahu, a craft bazaar and tours to explore the treasures of Kwahu. I wish to urge the media to whip up the momentum for the events to attract the desired huge patronage.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, the mission of the tourism sector is not only to promote Ghana’s tourism internationally, but also at the domestic front. Charity begins at home, as the saying goes, and i would call on our stakeholders, including the media and tourism plant operators, to step up their efforts in promoting Ghana’s domestic tourism.

At this point i would like to make a special appeal to, and solicit the collaborative efforts of the Kwahu business community to help grow this unique festival which has given a new dimension to the celebration of Easter on the Kwahu ridge.
The festival is rapidly turning the area into one of the preferred areas for domestic tourism. With the creation of this platform, other tourism attractions and facilities could be developed for more gains such as creation of more jobs, thus breathing more life into the socio-economic fabric of the locality.
Ladies and gentlemen, fifteen (15) tandem paragliding pilots from the United States, Japan, Peru, Belgium, Thailand and France will take part in this year’s event. It is my hope and expectation that the paragliding festival will progress from an annual event into a regular leisure activity in Ghana.
In this regard, we are considering the building of a second paragliding festival this year, targeted mainly at corporate Ghana. Businesses will have the opportunity to include this stimulating adventure sport in their corporate team building efforts.
As you know Ghana is unique in West Africa in hosting the paragliding festival. I believe that it is time to vigorously market the event in the whole sub region, in close collaboration with our Ghana missions in the various countries as well as our private sector.
Adequate security arrangements have also been put in place by the Ghana police service and other security agencies to ensure a safe, secured and trouble-free environment for a successful event.
Distinguished guests, i wish to recognize and express my ministry’s appreciation to our stakeholders who have continued to contribute to the growth and success of the paragliding festival.
These include the Kwahu south, east and west district assemblies, the Kwahu traditional council, the Kwahu development association, the media, and corporate Ghana.
Finally, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to urge that we celebrate the 2014 Okwahu paragliding festival in grand style, decency and with respect for our cultural values. Easter should not be a period for debauchery but one for reflection. It should be a time when we all resolve to work towards promoting peace, unity and development in the Kwahu area and Ghana as a whole.
Distinguished guests, our stakeholders, media partners, ladies and gentlemen, on this note I wish to declare the 2014 Okwawu paragliding festival duly launched.
Thank you, and may God bless us all.

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