Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Ghana Tourism Authority to Host the ‘Africa Domestic Tourism Investment Forum in Ghana on September 18th and 19th 2013 & Ghana Domestic Tourism Fair and Exhibition from the 20th -22nd September 2013…….

Ada Foah...

Santoku sushi restaurant in Accra…

Church composite
Churches in Abetifi (L) and Akropong (R), Ghana

Stellar Deluxe Boutique at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra

Bow Boutique at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra

Viva Boutique - Marina Mall, Airport City - Accra, Ghana...

Firefly Lounge Bar, Accra Ghana…

“Ghana to host 2013 Africa Domestic Tourism Investment Forum Africa Domestic Tourism Development Agency (ADTDA) in collaboration with the Ghana Domestic Tourism Company Limited, is to organize Africa Domestic Tourism Investment Forum in Ghana on September 18 and 19, 2013.The two-day investment forum will precede the Ghana Domestic Tourism Fair and Exhibition 2013 to be held from 20-22 September 2013, at the National Theatre Accra, Ghana.”


A promotional urrrmm poster, urrrmmm billboard by Ghana Tourism Authority… Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: With paragliding in Kwahu, surfing in Cape Coast, our gorgeous Bojo Beach, some of the most beautiful fashions in the world and a couple of the most feted hotels in Africa –are you telling me that this is all the Ghana Tourism Authority could come up with!!! Look at the dreary colour, the way it all looks so copied and pasted –like a GCSE project!!!… Really????

 I’m not a jealous person but flicking through the pages of last year’s annual must-read, -Conde Naste Traveller’s ‘HOTLIST’ 2012, -the few feted uber luxurious resorts in Africa (White Pearl Resorts –Mozambique, Chem Chem –Tanzania, Baraza Resort & Spa –Zanzibar and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi –Maldives et al) had me shaking my head.. The inconsistencies and the slapdash way Ghana is promoted/ marketed -or not, according to which side of the fence you’re on, is sooo frustrating!

I think Ghana Tourism Authority needs to work out –who/whom it’s trying to attract. They need to know their target customer –and act accordingly.

Ghana Tourism Authority must cater to the needs of the tourists, thus, if the tourists are mostly traditional travellers, –then Ghana is full to bursting with exquisite and majestic old churches and old forts etc...  

Resorts lovers have a choice of five/six elegant resorts in Ghana to choose from. **True sybarites can look forward to the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City – Accra opening in June 2013, to a fabulous night at the Firefly Lounge Bar, a yummy spa treatment at the Villa Monticello luxury boutique & Spa, a stay at the chichi La Villa Boutique Hotel, -and an afternoon on Ohemaa LXI, Ghana's premier private yacht and for incredible sushi in the most delectable surrounding, -Santoko in Accra is on point.. plus....much more etc…

For fashion lovers, -the goldsmiths and Kente weavers in Bonwire, a visit to Ghana’s remaining textile mills, an afternoon of serious shopping at Stellar Deluxe for luxury shoes, bags and accessories and Bow Boutique for gorgeous on-trend grabs made from Ghanaian wax print cloths by Sika -at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra, plus Ghana's numerous fashion designers to visit –and the prospect of having a garment specially made for said tourists, will help to keep Ghana on the lips of stylish travellers -forever..

There are also numerous cycling, sailing, motoring, dancing venues,-numerous cultural sites and beaches and parks and trekking in Kakum National Park and much more -for those seeking some adventure.... –honestly, Ghana Tourism Authority needs to sell ‘our’ Ghana properly..

**Still, I’ve read that President John Mahama is very serious about both the creative and Tourist industry –which I’m guessing is a first in the history of Ghana-and I’m pleased.

 It’s noted that, “President Mahama promised to give the creative industry the recognition it deserves. He fulfilled that promise by rechristening the Tourism Ministry, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and appointment Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Rashid Pelpuo as the minister” –and I think that this is a step in the right direction.

 I truly hope that we start to see professional, exquisite, glossy images of beautiful (and I mean beautiful, –no weird fake red plaits and blue eye shadow circa 1983) Ghanaian models on some of our lovely beaches be it: Bojo Beach, Beyin Beach or Ada Foah et al – promoting the breath-taking beauty of Ghana –for both the national and international market.

Tourism in Ghana needs to be looked at with fresh eyes……because what has gone before has been beyond pedestrian and …….. anyway, I’m a believer in the old adage…..if, ‘you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything’ –thus I have very little to say about Ghana Tourism Authority…only to alert you to the upcoming events above… For more info visit: &


More News…….

"Stop by GTA head office and get your Tourism business listed on Google places for free."

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Ghana Tourism Authority's step in the right direction.....
“The Minister Designate for the Re-modified Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare is scheduled to appear before Parliament's Appointment Committee for vetting on Monday 11th February 2013 @10:00am.....What are your expectations? we will also be giving our followers up-to the minute update”

Rahid Pelpuo to head the Modified Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa Central and the immediate deputy Majority Leader of the fifth (5th) parliament, Honourable Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo has be...en nominated by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama as the Minister designate for the remodified Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry. Honourable Pelpuo made the third list of ministerial nominations released and signed by Executive Secretary Dr. Raymond Atuguba on late Sunday.

Other Tourist news:

Tourists Billboards from around the World…  

 GREAT entertainment: The campaign aims to show off what's great about Britain - from music to shopping - and Downing Street has unveiled a series of postcards that promote these, which will be handed out at business events



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