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Ghana’s veep urges African countries to open up airspaces

GHANA’S Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has asked African countries to open up their airspaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry.

According to a Global Travel News (eTN), Dr Bawumia expressed concern about the high airfares in Africa at the World Tourism Summit in
Accra.

He asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry, eTN has reported.

“The Vice President said Ghana had witnessed a rise in its tourist arrivals from 286,600 in 1995 to an estimated 1.2 million in 2016. He said tourism alone contributed about three per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and provided about 450,000 jobs in 2016, and other indirect benefits,” eTN reported.

The Travel News added that Dr Bawumia said Ghana was focused on building new and upgrading existing tourism infrastructure to support the tourism industry to flourish.

“Vice President Bawumia noted that tourism was a major priority of the government’s developmental goals. To this end, he said the government had revamped the Ministry of Tourism and appointed a high level cabinet member, Madam Catherine Afeku, as the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture…to ensure that Ghana moved from an off-beaten-track locale to a major African Tourism player,” stated eTN.

“He observed that the country’s tourism sector had seen steady growth over the years, and it was, therefore, happy to have been selected among a host of other equally qualified nations to host this year’s event.”

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