Tourism In Volta and Oti Regions To Receive Renewed Boost With Operationalisation of Ho Airport

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Tourism in the Volta and Oti regions is expected to get a renewed boost as the Ho receives the test flight that will usher in the operations of commercial flight on the Accra-Ho-Accra route in the coming months. This is expected to open up the hugely unexploited tourism potential of the two regions to help promote both domestic and international tourism to help achieve the Tourism ministry’s revenue target.

 

Tourist are expected to enjoy a 15-17 minutes travel time between the two destinations cutting travel time via road by about 1 hour and 40 minutes. This is expected to allow tourist to leave visitors to the region with Ghana’s most attractive natural tourist spots.

On Thursday April 15, 2021 a successful flight testing exercise of the facility on was conducted at the Ho Airport. The Chief Operation Officer of the African World Airline (AWA), Captain Kwesi Oteng, successfully landed an Embrarer 145 aircraft which had 36 passengers onboard.

Captain Oteng informed the press that, there was no hiccup during the flight and that conditions were good. He added that AWA was planning to operate two or three times a week from Ho to Accra. He further hinted that, if the patronage of the Ho-Accra commercial flight went well, they would consider beginning connecting flights to other regions as well which would help boost domestic tourism in the country.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and Executive Chairman Of the African World Airline, Togbe Afede XIV believes the airport would not only accelerate economic growth and tourism but would be instrumental in emergency operations by state agencies. He recounted how the airport had helped deploy security personnel as well as transport accident victims to receive needed medical care.

He commended government and its agencies, Ghana Airport Company (GACL) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for the support and hinted of plans to establish an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) in Ho for basic maintenance services as well as a pilot training school in Ho.

On his part, the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Mr. Yaw Kwakwa expressed his appreciation for the enthusiasm of residents towards the airport and announced that Passion Air has expressed interest in flying to Ho saying “We are grateful for the enthusiasm that the city has shown us. This is what we are looking for” he said.

Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa lauded stakeholders on their respective roles in operationalising the facility and urged residents to patronize the airport.

The obviously elated Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Alexander Nketia said “discussion are ongoing between stakeholders to offer special packages for tourist to the region”. He said the packages will include great hotel, transport and site visit bargains tom make the region the destination of choice.

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Tourism Minister Commissions Facilities At Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary

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The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng Gyasi has commissioned upgraded facilities at Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary in the Volta Region.

This is part of the Ghana Tourism Authority’s resolve to systematically enhance tourist sites across the country which isbeing  funded by the Tourism Development Fund.

In her address, the Minister said, “the passage of the Tourism (Tourist Sites) Regulation 2019, LI 2393 has bolstered GTA’s desire to upgrade our tourist sites to enhance the overall quality of visitor experiences”.

Under this new law, it is mandatory for all tourist sites to be registered and licensed by  GTA after satisfying the minimum requirements of functional governance structures, signage and public information, and public health and safety as specified in the law. This will transform the state of tourist sites and attractions in the country.

“Attractions are critical to the operationalization of tourism, because they provide the primary pull that draws visitors to a destination”. She added.

Mrs. Oteng Gyasi also said, plans have been laid to extend the site upgrade programme to cover the Slave Heritage Sites including Bono Manso, Salaga, Assin Praso, Assin Manso in the coming year. Also, GTA in collaboration with the Tema Development Corporation will undertake the upgrade of the Sakumono Beach into a model beach to expand the recreational options of residents in the Accra Tema area.

The Chief Executive Officer of GTA, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman said the Authority has a mandate to Market and Promote Tourism in Ghana.

“The Ghana Tourism Authority is focused on developing the domestic market potential through product improvement and aggressive market promotion. Thankfully, we can count on partners like the Tafi Atome community. Our partnership with the community is out of the vision to improve tourism products along the length and breadth of the country” he said.

Akwasi Agyeman added that further upgrades have been planned in the coming months “as we refocus attention on Domestic Tourism”. He also expressed how pleased the GTA is with the support they have received from the District Chief Executive of the Afadjato South District Assembly, Hon. James Etornam Flolu and the Chiefs and people of Tafi Atome.

Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, congratulated the Assembly for the enormous effort put into the upgrading of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. He again expressed his profound gratitude to  GTA and the Ministry of Tourism for the thoughtful project that is aimed at harnessing the tourism and business potentials of the Afadzato South District and other sites in the region.

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary covers an area of 387sq km and is home to the True Mona and Patas Monkeys which have inhabited these forests over the past 600 years.

The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village project include the following facilities;

  • A new Tourist Receptive Facility
  • A modern 7-Seater Washroom (Toilet)
  • Three (3) Visitor Rest Pavilions
  • Wire Mesh and Bamboo fencing of the perimeter and,
  • Paved grounds, Car Park, as well as, painting of existing structures.

 

By: Corpoate Affairs Dept.