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Ghana Records 400,000 Tourist Arrivals in 1st Quarter 2022 – Dr Awal

Ghana has recorded over 400,000 international arrivals for the first half of this year, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has said.

This he said it is against the target of one million tourists expected for the whole of 2022.

The Minister disclosed this during the launch of this year’s ‘December in Ghana’ event in Accra yesterday.

The ‘December in Ghana’ aimed to promote tourism and make Ghana the global destination for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Dr Awal said, considering the fact that the second half of each year was the peak period for international arrivals, the target of the one million tourists would be achieved.

“Events such as Afro Nation, Afrochella, and Essence among others would help drive tourists to Ghana,” he added.

He expressed delight over the significant contributions the ‘Year of Return and Destination Ghana’ had made to the country’s tourism drive as record number of tourists were visiting the country, adding “In 2019, 1.1 million visitors came to Ghana following the launch of the ‘Year of Return.”

He revealed that the National Museum which was recently rehabilitated and modernised had also recorded over 14,000 visitors in just six weeks against a figure of 12,874 for the whole of 2015 prior to its closure in 2016.

Dr Awal indicated that Ghana’s tourism sector had the potential to contribute significantly to national economic transformation, adding “the country is not only gifted with rich and diverse culture but also home to some of the best flora and fauna in the most exquisite ecotourism sites of the world.”