GFA, GTA & PFAG Collaborate On ‘Visit Ghana, Bring Back The Love Football Tour’

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has launched the Visit Ghana Football Tour at the Accra Tourist Information Centre (ATIC) on Friday, October 2, 2020.

The campaign dubbed BEYOND THE RETURN, FOOTBALL RETURNS is aimed at igniting the passion for football in both local and diasporan communities, whilst promoting Ghana as a tourist destination.

The campaign tour will officially kick- start at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium with the “Battle of the Stars” football match as a way of promoting domestic football and domestic tourism.

The Deputy CEO of Operations, GTA, Mr. Ekow Sampson who spoke on behalf of the Chief Executive, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, stated that, ” football is such an important sporting event that draws attention to itself, and this is the main reason for many investors including tourism are interested in football. Football vitalizes the tourism sector and increases patronage of hotels, restaurants, transportation, nightclubs, visit to tourist sites and all other tourism sectors which in return generates revenue and redistributes income.

The President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kurt Okraku said football promotes tourism, and tourism promotes football.
He also revealed that the launch is going to kickstart the activities that would lead to the reopening of the 2020/2021 football season.

Dignitaries present at the ceremony include; the President of the Ghana Football Association Mr. Kurt Edwin Okraku, Member of the Black Stars Committee: Alhaji Abu Alhasan Jones, Deputy CEO Operations, GTA: Mr. Ekow Sampson.

The General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, Mr. Solomon Thompson, The Deputý General Secretary of Confederation of African Football, CAF, Mr. Anthony Baffour, General Secretary, GFA, Prosper Harrison Addo, and the Deputy General Secretary, GFA, Mr Alex Asante.

Other officials include; Former Black Star Player: Yusif Chibsah, the Manager for Product Development and Investment(GTA): Mr. Ben Anane-Nsiah, Manager for Research Monitoring and evaluation(GTA): Mr. Spencer Doku, Manager for Operations(GTA): Mr. Michael Kpingbi, Manager for Corporate Affairs (GTA): Rev. Jones Aruna Nelson, Director of Communications, GFA: Henry Asante Twum and Representatives of Decathlon, Ghana.

Photos: Beyond The Return ‘Return Conversations’ Begin In Accra

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Professionals from Ghana’s Creative Arts Industry came in their numbers to participate in the first ‘The Return Conversations Masterclass’ virtual panel discussion. The panel featured industry pros from the U.S. who were imparting their knowledge with decades of industry experience. A Q&A session gave Ghanaian creatives the chance to share their experiences and ask questions about collaborations and real investment in the African industry.

 

Qatar Airways Launches Flight Services To Ghana With Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Qatar Airways has commenced operations in Ghana with its first flight arriving at the Kotoka International Airport on the morning of September 29, 2020.

The airline will operate four weekly flights to Accra, Ghana via Lagos, becoming the 4th new destination launched by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Citi Business News after the arrival of the flight, Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda said the arrival of the airline signals confidence the airline has in the management of the country’s economy amidst COVID-19.

He also noted that it will be a stepping stone in the recovery of the country’s aviation and tourism industry.

 

“We are very happy precisely because it is coming in the wake of the COVID-19 and the re-opening of the airport. It is an indication of confidence in what is going on in Ghana and the aviation sector. Our efforts to make sure that we are able to take samples and tests and contain the importation of the virus into the country, tells us that Qatar is happy. It is also a manifestation of the prudent management of the economy. For us, we are looking at it as an indication of competition,” he said.

 

Meanwhile Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), Yoofi Grant, is confident that Ghana is well positioned to attract more foreign investors towards the country’s tourist and economic development.

“It’s been two years of fruitful engagements with the State of Qatar. The investment potential is huge and indeed, Ghana is opened for business,” he added.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

 

According to the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, the choice of Ghana’s capital is due to its “fame for local hospitality and highly sought after agricultural exports”.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners in Ghana to steadily grow this route and support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region,” he added.

The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination.

The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply.

All tickets booked for travel of up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years, from the date of issuance.

Source: Citi FM

Ghana Marks 2020 World Tourism Day Celebration With Activities In Bogoso and Takoradi

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Yesterday #Ghana continued activities marking the commemoration of the 2020 World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 each year. The commemoration activities began on September 22, 2020 with a Zoom Webinar on the Theme.

Click Here to watch WTD 2020 Webinar

Also, in line with the theme for this year’s celebration “Tourism and Rural Development”, the Ministry of Tourism led its agencies for a Health Walk which saw participation from hundreds from Bogoso with several keep-fit clubs joining. The walk also had officials from the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies. It was immediately followed by a Tree-Planting exercise in partnership with the Forestry Commission.

Related Story: Two Ministers lead tree planting exercise to Mark World Tourism Day in Western Region

 

Tourism Minister Plants Symbolic Trees to Mark World Tourism Day in Bogoso 

 

The Tourism Minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi together with the Western Regional Minister and Chiefs of Damang cut sod for the construction of Damang Arts Training Centre at Damang. The centre is to train the youth in craft making.

Saturday’s events were climaxed with a musical concert at Bogoso with performances from Ghana Music Awards artist of the year Kuami Eugene, @kuamieugene, “One Corner hit-maker Patapaa,

 

 

Government releases incentive packages to partners in Tourism Industry-Minister.

A grand durbar of chiefs was held at Takoradi today to climax the commemoration which falls on September 27, each year.

 

 

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‘Return Conversations’ Premieres With Masterclass On Creative Arts

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ACCRA, GHANA – 25th September 2020

‘The Return Conversations,’ a pivotal part of the Beyond the Return project is set to premiere with a virtual Masterclass on 30th September 2020 at 4pm. Under the theme, ‘Black Stories Matter; Forging Collaborations for the Development of Ghana’s Creative Industry,’ the Masterclass will feature industry players from the U.S.A. and Ghana who will share information and knowledge and create opportunities to discuss collaborative efforts.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Eleanor Earl, a film and television content producer, entrepreneur, and educator and Ivy Prosper, a Media Professional and Social Media Manager with the ‘Beyond the Return‘ Secretariat.

“These conversations are relevant right now especially as the spotlight on telling stories from the Black and African perspective is increasingly important in these times. As more people from the diaspora are looking for ways to collaborate with continental Africans, having conversations like this is the first step,” said Annabelle McKenzie, Manager of the ‘Beyond the Return’ Secretariat.

The program is being coordinated by the Ghana Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Creative Arts Council and TheBridgeZone. According to Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of the Tourism Authority and coordinator of the Beyond the Return project, “This will be the first of a series of conversations between Ghanaians and the African diaspora on topics that came up during last year’s successful ‘Year of Return’ campaign. We are building on the success and the feedback we gathered last year”.

C.E.O. of TheBridgeZone, Anthony Bart Appiah, says, “It is important for Black people to tell their own stories. We want to help bridge the gap in creativity between Ghana and the United States.”

The program will be broadcast worldwide on social media channels for ‘Beyond the Return’, Ghana Tourism Authority, and locally on Hitz FM 103.9.

The Masterclass intends to focus on key areas in the creative industry including fashion, art, music, animation/ gaming, and film. These are all industries where Ghana’s creative arts community seeks to build and develop in ways that can help them reach audiences across Africa and beyond its borders. President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, has helped to organize members of Ghana’s creative community to participate in this important event. Invited guests who attend in person, will participate in a live Q&A session that will take place in Ghana.

Panelists include Actor and Producer, Lamman Rucker, President of Production for the Narrative Film Group, Shelby Stone, former NBA Star and Entrepreneur, Baron Davis, Fashion Designer and Interior Design Consultant Etu Evans, Music Mogul, Film Producer and Investor, Vassal Benford III, CEO of Prolific Media Holdings LLC, R.J. Bucaria, Project Manager for Digital Entertainment and Media for the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development, Asante Bradford, Celebrity Hair Stylist, Philonese West and Award-Winning Producer, Director and Writer Chris Roland.

Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, will deliver a statement during the event. As the sector minister, her presence solidifies the importance of such an event when it comes to building Ghana’s creative industry and finding ways to collaborate with the diaspora communities who bring skills and knowledge that can be shared.

The event will be on social media channels for ‘Beyond the Return’ (@beyondthereturn) and Ghana Tourism Authority (@ghanatourismauthority) and locally on Hitz FM 103.9.

For more information on this upcoming event, contact the ‘Beyond the Return’ Secretariat office by email at [email protected]

Wear Ghana Ambassador, Miss Brandina Djagba (Mama Africa) Calls On GTP Management

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The Wear Ghana Female Ambassador, Ms. Brandina Djagba popularly known as “Mama Africa” on Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 paid a courtesy call on the Management of GTP, the number one local print and textile manufacturing company in Ghana.

The management team of “Mama Africa” was received at GTP by the Marketing Manager, Rev. Steve Badu and the Sales Director, Mr. Cecil Chinery. The management team included Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi, a PR and Marketing Practitioner with the Ghana Tourism Authority, Benjamin Kwadey, Filmmaker and Founder of Benfrank Entertainment House Productions, Wendy Smith – Walker, CEO of Wendy L’artisane (Fashion Designer), Selorm Dzidzienyo, CEO of Kellyvat Ventures Ltd and Nathaniel Okoe Tettey, CEO of Strategic Images and an influencer.

The courtesy call was necessitated by the fact that, the National Commission on Culture (NCC) had appointed “Mama Africa” as the “Wear Ghana Female Ambassador”. She therefore took the opportunity to express her deepest appreciation to the Executive Director of the NCC, Mrs. Edna Nyame and management for the honor done her and promised to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in her by the Commission.

Reacting to the appointment, the Marketing Manager, Rev. Steve Badu congratulated “Mama Africa” on her appointment and assured her and the management team of GTP’s support in diverse ways and admonished her to be an Ambassador worthy of emulation.

Both teams discussed a mutually beneficial relationship to promote the “Wear Ghana” agenda which is a major part of the NCC and Ghana Tourism Authority’s flagship campaign geared towards the promotion of domestic tourism dubbed, “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana”.

The National Commission on Culture is a government organisation whose core mandate and vison is to respect, preserve, harness and use cultural heritage and resources to develop a united, vibrant and a prosperous National community with a distinctive African identity, personality, collective confidence and pride of place among the comity of nations.

The appointment by the NCC further read, “The Commission have been monitoring your enthusiasm in wearing and promoting made in Ghana products. We deem it a great honour to make you the prominent female Ambassador for Wear Ghana”.

In view of the mandate of the NCC and the GTP, “Mama Africa” promised that she would use the opportunity given her to create public awareness in order to build an attractive brand name for both institutions as well as the upliftment of the Ghanaian Cultural Heritage.

The appointment of Ms. Brandina Djagba as the Wear Ghana Female Ambassador comes at a time when the Government in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) is gradually easing restrictions in the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality industry in respect of COVID-19 which ultimately will open up tourism to the world. With the opening up of Tourism, it is important to note that the Ghana Tourism Authority has declared “September”, each year as the “Tourism Month”.

Photos: Odweanoma Paragliding Field Commissioned, Jake & Ferdinand Busts Unveiled

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A ceremony has been held under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and its agencies at the Odweanoma Paragliding field to commission the upgraded paragliding field at Kwahu Atibie in the Eastern Region. The Paragliding Field has been improved into a model event ground suitable for any recreational activity of any kind. These include the construction of a new entrance post, fencing of the event grounds, paving of the entire area, construction of an enclosed VIP catering area, resurfacing of viewing partition among others.

 

 

 

The busts of two noblemen who supported immensely in the development and growth of the sport in Ghana, Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi- Lamptey and Mr. Ferdinand Ayim, his Special Assistant, was also unveiled in honour of their hard work, dedication and visionary leadership in the development of Paragliding in Ghana.

 

Furthermore, the Kwahu Professional Network (KPN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and its allied agencies launched the Second edition of “Yɛnkɔ” Kwahu, under the theme; Our home, Our strength, Our heritage as part of the activities to promote domestic tourism.

 

 

The event saw the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Mrs. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, and her able deputy Minister, Alhaji Dr. Ziblim Barri Iddi, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel Aryertey and the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. John Yaw Agbeko, the Board of Directors of GTA, led by Madam Adelaide Ahwireng and the CEO of GTA, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman. Other dignitaries include the DCE’s for Kwahu West and East, Hon. Emmanuel Atta Ofori Snr, and Hon. Isaac Agyepong, other heads of agencies of the Ministry of Tourism, and their staff.
The Traditional Authorities were led by the Mpraesohene and Benkumhene of Kwahuman, Nana Ampadu Daduam II, and Barima Kwame Asante Bediade II, Kwahuman Gyasehene and Atibiehene as well as the family of Mr. Ferdinand Ayim.

‘Beyond The Return’ Officially Accepting New Proposals For 2020 Events

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19TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

ACCRA, GHANA

‘Beyond the Return’ has announced that event proposals are being accepted for programs taking place from September through December 2020.  After last year’s successful ‘Year of Return’ campaign which included programs, events and festivals, there have been many requests for ‘Beyond the Return’ to have a platform to continue in these activities and provide new ways for the diaspora to continue to connect with Ghanaians through event programs.

“I’m really looking forward to the events this year.  Especially the ones that will give back to Ghana through initiatives that seek to serve the local communities like the commissioning of boreholes we saw last year. It will be great to see more events that highlight Ghana’s culture as part of ‘Beyond the Return’ because it will expose diasporans to the diversity and richness of Ghana’s culture and heritage,” said Annabelle McKenzie, Manager of the Beyond the Return Secretariat.

Event proposals are officially being accepted digitally and a separate form must be filled out for each event using the ‘Beyond the Return 2020 Events Submission Forms’ available at www.beyondthereturngh.com.  Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.  Event organisers should prepare to explain how their programs fit into the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative and its ability to include both the diaspora and local Ghanaian communities.

‘Beyond the Return’ is a 10-year initiative with the theme ‘A Decade of African Renaissance’ and its foundation is built on seven pillars: Experience Ghana, Invest in Ghana, Diaspora Pathway to Ghana, Celebrate Ghana, Brand Ghana, Give Back to Ghana and Promote Pan African Heritage & Innovation. Each of the pillars is important because it represents an area that ‘Year of Return’ received feedback from the diaspora and the local Ghanaian community on ways to strengthen engagement between our communities.  It’s also the opportunity to create programs and events that represent each pillar. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is coordinating the project under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Other collaborating organisations are the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the office of the President, the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) and the Ghana Tourism Development Company.

To learn more about ‘Beyond the Return’ please visit the website  www.beyobdthereturngh.com. Please send questions and comments to [email protected] and you can also follow on social media @beyondthereturn.

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20 Photos That Tell The Ghana Paragliding Development Story

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The paragliding festival has become one of the main pillars of the celebration of Easter in Kwahu. Over the past 15 years, the Odweanoma mountain has been home to several exciting paragliding flights. Since 2017, when we expanded the take off point to allow up to four take-offs at a time, the flights per day during Easter has increased from an average of twenty (20) to sixty (60). The infrastructural additions to the site is part of a plan to make the Kwahu Ridge enclave an all-year-round tourism destination” – Akwasi Agyeman (CEO-GTA)

Here is how Paragliding started and how we have created a world-class site for adventure sports tourism thanks to the late Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey his Special Assistant Ferdinand Ayim, also of blessed memory who together with many others led by lead Pilot Walter Nesser helped kick-start the festival to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.

Last Major Hurdle For Take-Off…

We rolled off the last huge rock in 2005 to clear the site for take-off…

In April 2005, the first Paragliding Festival was launched by the late former Vice President, his Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.

The Opening Ceremony…

The chiefs were there to offer libation as well as political heads and tourism officials

It was a large enthusiastic moment during the opening (Notice the absence of Mobile phone for Selfies)

 

The First Flights…

After the ceremonies and speeches, things went underway.

The flights took off

 

First Cameraman To Brave The Odds…

First Cameraman (note the camera size)

 

The Inquisitive Public Applauded…

Others Tried To View From The Corners without any safe and secure place to stand…

 

Then the first view from the sky (2005) dropped

 

We Invited More Pilots (6) in 2006 and grassed the take-off site

Late Jake Welcoming 2006 Pilots With former GTA CEO, Martin Mireku and Mad. Bridgette Katsriku

 

We provided a viewing/seating platform on both sides for Viewing Public in 2010

 

We then took steps to start training Ghanaian Pilots…

 

We then focused on more public centered facilities from 2017

Expanded/Re-grassed take-off to take 4 tandem-gliders for launch

 

Construction of Permanent Viewing and Seating Pavillion

 

 

Provision of a modern washroom facility

 

Food court for catering services

 

New VIP lounge

 

A paved and gated compound

 

 

Cheers to our next big move…

 

Join us as we honour and remember many who contributed to this story…

Commissioning of Paragliding Field

2020 May have been dark but…

Conquer your fear, Be a Hero and Join us in 2021

 

#GhanaParagliding #FunNfly

Naomi Osaka Wins US Open, Honours Her Ancestral Heritage With Kente Headgear

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Naomi Osaka is the number one ranked female tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association, a three-time Grand Slam champion and she recently won the title at the U.S. Open.  She didn’t shy away from using her platform to show support and solidarity in the Black community throughout this year’s US Open tournament.  Osaka is of Haitian and Japanese heritage and recognizes the power of using her voice on such a big platform. “I feel like I’m a vessel at this point in order to spread awareness,” she said.

The 22-year old made strong statements by wearing seven different face masks in seven matches that bore the names of Black people who have been killed by police and whose names have been part of the ongoing protests about racial injustice in America.

Osaka said that she used her platform to protest because she wanted to get more people talking about it.  She admitted that she lives in a bubble and may not see what’s truly happening on the ground, but she knows through social media and the news what has been happening to Black people.  Each of the masks she wore had the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Philando Castile, Elijah McClain, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery and Tamir Rice.  “I feel like the point is to make people start talking,” she said to the press. She was asked by the media what the message was she wanted to send, and she responded with “Well, what was the message that you got is more the question.”

As the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, she recognizes her culture and heritage and often makes reference to her Haitian roots.  In a tweet during the US Open she said, “I would like to thank my ancestors because every time I remember their blood runs through my veins I am reminded that I cannot lose.” The people of Haiti have direct ties to Africa with lineage to a few nations including Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and the Congo. Haitian culture still has some similarities to West African culture, including the bold printed fabrics sometimes worn.

Osaka made a style statement after her match wearing a vibrant dress with traditional Ghanaian Kente as her headwrap after her U.S. Open win. “You already know I had to bring out the headwrap for this one,” she wrote on her Instagram post.  This was a tribute to her Haitian heritage, which is deeply rooted in Africa.

By Ivy Prosper