The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has disclosed the intention of the ministry to use some of the contestants of the just ended Miss Ghana 2019 Beauty Pageants as Tourism Ambassadors.
Speaking to www.asiwomewrites.com, your authoritative blog for all Showbiz News, Interviews and Reviews in the Creative Arts industry in Ghana, the Tourism, Arts and Culture minister explained that the decision to engage some of the contestants as Tourism Ambassadors is to augment the tourism agenda by some contestant’s ability to demonstrate their culture and to sell it to the world.
Madam Barbara Oteng-Gyasi further explained the processes of engaging some of these contestants may not necessarily be formal as has been the case with the existing appointed tourism ambassadors depending on the project.
The Honorable Minister has also with great concern reiterated the damage the Miss Ghana brand has suffered and suggested more work be done to reattain the level that it used to have.
“Miss Ghana bears the name Ghana. It is Miss Ghana so it bears the country’s name, therefore, we need to support it to become a flagship pageant. I know there are several other pageants but this is Miss Ghana and this is the one that the representative goes to Miss World. As our representative, we need to make sure that the local event is well organized to get the best to represent Ghana. That is why this year, the Ministry of Tourism partnered with the organizers of Miss Ghana and I think going forward we are going to ensure that it regains its pride of place to get the best for Ghana,” she added.
The minister, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has however expressed her keen interest in engaging the creative arts industry in ensuring that their inputs are made into the amendment of the Creative Arts Bill for its passage. Parliament will, however, rise this July and hoping finality will be brought to its amendments to be the presented to parliament when they resume sitting.
The Creative Arts Bill is what provides the legal and institutional framework for the industry to thrive.