In 2015 tourism and travel directly contributed a total of around GHC4.5 million (more than US $1 million) to Ghana’s GDP. This amounts to about 3.3% of national GDP.
Ghana’s meandering coast is dotted with numerous forts and castles. These monuments were built between the 15th and 17th centuries by early modern European chartered companies
They were initially used for trading gold and other commodities. After Ghana became enmeshed in the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1650 they were used as spaces to buy, torture and hold captured people before shipping them away from Africa.

Over the past three decades these landmark monuments have taken on another role. Ghana has developed a significant heritage tourism industry and the monuments have become tourist attractions. They particularly draw people of the original historic African diaspora.
The descendants of Africans who were captured and enslaved in the western Atlantic World return to the continent – and to the monuments – for a number of reasons. For many, it is a way to reconnect with their ancestry and find a sense of belonging in the African world. The memory of Africa can also be a source of strength, pride and identity.

 
 
Source: myjoyonline. com - The Ghana Immigration Service says the current visa sticker issued to travellers who wish to visit the country, is archaic. 

According to Public Affairs Director for the Immigration Service, Chief Superintendent Francis Palmdeti, the Ghana visa sticker lacks certain security features making it quite easy to fake. It also means that information on the visa cannot be read when placed under ultraviolet light.

 
 
Source: Solomon Anderson - The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority says it is doing all in its power to take advantage of Tema Port's strategic location in the maritime world.

According to the General Manager of Personnel and Administration of GPHA, Kumi Adjei Sam, the port is being developed to position it as the centre of tourism on the continent.

 
 
Source: B&FT Ghana - As Ghana looks to diversify its sources of foreign exchange, it has aggressive plans to expand its tourism capacity, with an ambitious proposal for coastline development on the table and an expansion of the main international airport under way.

 
 
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Source: GNA - The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has vowed to stop all unauthorised operators in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Fredrick Adjei-Rudolph, the Eastern Regional Manager, said they were determined to ensure that acceptable standards were maintained.

The pledge comes on the heels of the closure of 16 hotels and hostels in the region by the Authority.

 
 
Source: The Informer Ghana - One’s first source of attack, could always be from within his/her own camp. The import of the above wise-saying is what President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the position of Tourism and Creative Arts [minister-designate], seems to be suffering from, in the hands of her detractors, believed to be members of the governing New Patriotic Party [NPP], since her announcement to the said post, pending the approval by Parliament.

 
 
Source: Daily Guide Africa - The name ‘Flagstaff House,’ Ghana’s seat of government, appears to have been changed to ‘Jubilee House’ by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

 
 
Source: Daily Graphic Ghana - Every year, millions of domestic and international tourists troop to Ghana in such of mindboggling, rich but natural and captivating sights to feast their eyes on.

 
 
Source: kasapafmonline. com - Students of Koforidua Technical University (KTU) are expected to hassle for hostel accommodations when school re-opens on February 10.

This is because the Ghana Tourism Authority in the Eastern region on Monday commenced closing down some illegal student hostels and Hotels in the region.

 
 
"...stressed that open defecation at the beaches if left unchecked could even affect revenue from tourism especially at the Elmina Castle as tourists won’t find the place attractive enough to visit."
Source: kasapfmonline. com - A total of 14 people have been fined Ghc400 each by the Elmina Magistrate Court in Komenda-Edna-Eguafo-Abirem municipality of the Central Region for open defecation.

The culprits made up of adults between the ages of 30 and 50 both males and females were arrested by the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipal assembly sanitation guards at the Elmina beach.

 

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