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Ghana earned $3.3bn from ‘Year of Return’ initiative

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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has disclosed that Ghana earned $3.312 billion from the Year of Return initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last year.

These monies were gained from accommodation, food, shopping, local transport and entertainment by tourists that trooped into the country.

“By the end of 2019, the international arrivals reached 1.13 million from 956,372 in the year 2018 which was 27% growth which was above the global average of 5%. The average expenditure per tourist increased from $2,708 in 2018 to $2,931 in 2019. The receipts attributed to tourism is, therefore, $3.312 billion,” she said in response to a question in parliament on Thursday, 28 May 2020.

She added that airlines, hotels, tour operators, restaurants, and arts and craft dealers were the major beneficiaries of the influx of tourists into the country.”

Ms Oteng-Gyasi however, stated that GHS6 million was spent on promoting the Year of Return campaign in and out of the country.

The Year of Return was a government initiative aimed at wooing Africans in the diaspora to visit and invest in Ghana.

Many African American celebrities visited the country during the period.

 

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