After the easing of COVID-19 restriction by the President of Ghana recently, most of Ghana’s major tourist attractions are gradually being opened to the public with precautionary measures in place to cater to the safety of the touring public. These are part of efforts by the Ghana Tourism Authority to help boost domestic tourism and restart tourism in general and to boost the 10-year ‘Beyond The Return‘ initiative.
This is also in line with the global campaign by the UNWTO to get the tourism industry on track.
Ghana’s most visited attraction, the Kakum National Park was opened to the public on Saturday, 1st August, 2020.
On Friday, August 8, 2020, the most visited attraction in the capital, Accra, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was also opened at a short ceremony where the Ghana Tourism Authority presented some Personal Protective Equipment to the Management of the facility to help keep patrons safe.
The Cape Coast and Elmina Castles are expected to open shortly to the public with the necessary COVID-19 measures in place ahead of the anticipated opening of the borders on September 1, 2020.
The Ghana Navy is collaborating with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Panafest Foundation to organize a symbolic boat ride from Cape Coast to Elimina Castle for diaspora returnees as part of the Panafest Akwaaba ceremony on Friday 26th July 2019.
The Cape Coast and Elmina Castle/dungeons together with the many forts that dot the Ghanaian coastline played major roles as holding points for millions of the captives who were transported to the Americas as slaves.
The boat ride is a symbolic reversal of that infamous voyage of ‘No Return’ and a statement of Ghana’s willingness and readiness to welcome all sons of Africa back home in this ‘Year of Return’ and thereafter.
The Ghana Navy plans to deploy a Snake Class Patrol boat and smaller Defender class boats for the historic journey.
The collaboration with the Navy highlights the growing interest of the Year of Return Project which was officially launched by the President of Ghana in September 2018.
Boat rides will start at 8:00 am at the Cape Coast Castle ‘Door of No Return’ to the Elmina Castle ‘Door of Return’.
This historic trip has also been tied to activities marking the Ghana Navy’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.