Tourism in Ghana

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Panorama view of Fort Amsterdam, Ghana in the Central region of Ghana on the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean

Tourism in Ghana is regulated by the Ministry of Tourism of Ghana, the Government of Ghana ministry responsible for the development and promotion of tourism related activities in Ghana.[1]

Tourist attractions and tourism statistics[edit]

Tourist arrivals to Ghana include South Americans (Latinos), Asians, Europeans.[2] Ghana's all year round tropical warm climate along with its many wildlifes; exotic waterfalls such as Kintampo Waterfalls and the largest waterfall in west Africa, the Tagbo Falls; Ghana's coastal palm-lined sandy beaches; caves; mountains, rivers; meteorite impact crater and reservoirs and lakes such as Lake Bosumtwi or Bosumtwi meteorite crater and the largest lake in the world by surface area, Lake Volta; dozens of castles and forts; UNESCO World Heritage Sites; nature reserves and national parks are major tourist destinations in Ghana.[2]

The World Economic Forum statistics in 2010 showed that Ghana was 108th out of 139 countries as world’s favourite tourism destinations.[3] The country had moved two places up from the 2009 rankings. In 2011, Forbes Magazine, published that Ghana was ranked the eleventh most friendly country in the world. The assertion was based on a survey in 2010 of a cross-section of travelers. Of all the African countries that were included in the survey Ghana ranked highest.[3] Ghana ranks as the seventieth−most stable country in the world and Ghana ranks as the 58th–most peaceful country in the world.[4]

In 2011, Ghana raked-in $2.19 billion ($2,019,000,000) from the tourism sector on the back of an estimated 1,087,000 million international tourist arrivals.[5][6] In 2012, Ghana’s tourism sector raked-in $1.7 billion ($1,700,000,000) from 993,600 international tourists, providing employment for 359,000 people.[7] Ghana will annually rake-in $8.3 billion ($8,300,000,000) US dollars from the tourism sector per year by the year 2027 on the back of an estimated 4.3 million international tourist arrivals.[7]

To enter Ghana, it is necessary to have a visa authorized by the Government of Ghana, except for certain business incubators and business magnates who are on business trip.[8]

Major tourist sites[edit]

Tourism destinations in Ghana.[9]

Gallery[edit]

Tourism sites in Ghana
Kakum National Park – National Park. 
Mole National Park – National Park. 
Mole National Park Tourism in Ghana. 
Tourist taking photo of Elephants with iPad at Mole National Park in Ghana. 
Cape Coast CastleUNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Elmina CastleUNESCO World Heritage Site. 
NzulezoUNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Boti Waterfalls

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry of Tourism & Modernization of The Capital City". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Trade Expo International Ghana". uniquetrustex.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Forbes: Ghana is eleventh friendliest nation". www.vibeghana.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the Global Peace Index". Vision of Humanity. 2013. 
  5. ^ Sakyi, Kwesi Atta (29 November 2012). "Tapping Deep into our Tourism Potential in Ghana". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "We Are Serious About Overcoming The Challenges Confronting Tourism Development". Ministry of Tourism Ghana. ghana.gov.gh. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Ghana To Earn 8.3 Billion USD From Tourism By 2027". ghanaonlinenews.com. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Harvard quotation. Belda. 2004. :24
  9. ^ "Trade Expo International". UniqueTtrustex. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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