Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has advised managers of hotels, guest houses and lodges to reduce their rates to attract Ghanaians as her ministry puts measures in place to boost domestic tourism.
According to Ms Oteng-Gyasi, COVID-19 has reduced international travels drastically hence the need to boost domestic tourism especially this year.
To achieve this, she noted that her office working on a programme to get Ghanaians to travel to see their own country.
“We are working on a programme to improve domestic tourism. Because our borders are closed, there isn’t going to much incoming international travel during this period. We don’t anticipate any significant improvement in international travel until the end of this year. So for this year our target is to improve domestic tourism so we are going to work hard to push our ‘See Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana agenda’ and we believe that Ghanaians will buy into it and let us travel and fall in love with our country because it is when we build our domestic tourism that we can also have something to say to the international tourists to also come and visit our country to see all that is good about our country,” Ms Oteng-Gyasi said at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 4 May 2020.
She continued: In this regard, we are appealing to our Hotels, Guest Houses and Lodges that during this period that the patronage is low and they are not getting any international travellers coming in, they should look at adjusting their rates such that it will appeal to the Ghanaian populace to travel and stay in their facilities to help them to also generate some income during this difficult period.”