Koforidua – The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr. Frederick Adjei-Rudolph has appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to repair the roads to promote tourism in the country .
He said that the poor nature of the roads leading to the tourist sites was affecting the tourism sector and leading to a drop in income.
Mr. Adjei-Rudolph said, “Many tourists after contacting us to visit tourist sites refuse to come after considering the nature of the roads leading to the tourist sites and this greatly affects our industry.
“We are losing 50% of the patronage because of this and we implore the ministry to fix these roads.”
The regional manager made the call during a press conference organized by GTA as part of activities to mark this year’s World Tourism Day in the Eastern region on Tuesday.
The celebration on the theme: “Rethinking Tourism” aimed to highlight the opportunity for countries to rethink the need for the tourism industry to rebound from the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic crisis the world.
Mr. Adjei-Rudolph said tourism around the world has become a driver of economic transformation and investing in the sector would help Ghana increase its income.
“Injecting money into tourism includes repairing roads leading to tourist sites. The GTA does not repair roads and so we will continue to appeal to the ministry to repair roads, especially those leading to tourist sites “, adding that tourism could create unemployment.
“Due to low traffic at tourist sites, owners are laying off their workers, hence the need to repair roads to sites to enable them to operate at optimum levels,” he said.
Mr. Adjei-Rudolph urged those in the tourism sector to work hard to increase revenue.
The Regional Manager said that in line with the sub-theme: “Promoting Domestic Tourism for Wealth Creation in Communities”, his team would engage in domestic tourism awareness activities through local media, in order to improve community members’ interest in tourism and investment. .
He said the GTA will also ensure that tourist sites comply with the new LI 2393 tourist site regulations, revive existing tourist clubs in graduate schools.