September 27 which marks World Tourism Day is celebrated globally under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization – UNWTO.
The 2020 edition of World Tourism Day under the theme, “Tourism and Rural Development” will celebrate the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of the big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.
In Ghana, due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector, the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has put in place some short to long term measures for the recovery and growth of the tourism industry.
These measures include a $4 million and $5 million Grant facility for the development of tourism sites and to support the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises – MSME in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Another ¢3 Billion loan facility with a moratorium on repayment at a reduced interest rate for the big players in specific industries including the hospitality sector.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, headed by the Barbara Oteng-Gyasi pledges its continuous support for the promotion and development of tourism in Ghana.
The ministry further expresses its appreciation and commends all the various practitioners in the tourism, arts and culture sector who have remained resolute in retaining Ghana on the competitive international map even in the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Asiwome Writes | www.asiwomewrites.com | Ghana
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