Pushing domestic tourism – The road to Tamale

•Prayers count at the Mystic Stone of Larabanga and the Minister of Tourism, (3rd left) Mrs Catherine A. Afeku, went spiritual at the site of the stone in Larabanga.

•Prayers count at the Mystic Stone of Larabanga and the Minister of Tourism, (3rd left) Mrs Catherine A. Afeku, went spiritual at the site of the stone in Larabanga.

The Ministry of Tourism last month took to a roadshow to mark the World Tourism Day, a global event aimed at fostering awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The event held anually on September 27 also sought to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first port of call was the Ofori Panin Fie where the team led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Ziblim Iddi, paid a courtesy call on the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.

The enigmatic Fancy Gadam does not run away from cultural music and danceThe enigmatic Fancy Gadam does not run away from cultural music and dance

The enigmatic Fancy Gadam does not run away from cultural music and dance

The delegation later led by the Minister of Tourism, Mrs Catherine A. Afeku, also paid a courtesy call to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The Kintampo Waterfalls was the next stop where the entourage held a durbar with the chiefs and people as well as inspected the progress of rehabilitation works after the closure of the falls earlier in the year because of a disaster that claimed 20 lives.

Some elephants at the Mole National Park in the Northern Region

All roads then led to Tamale on the night of September 26, 2017 where the enigmatic Fancy Gadam and a number of underground artists shook the foundation of the Tamale Stadium.

The event was crowned the next day with a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Tamale where the country’s 30 selected tourism ambassadors tasked with promoting the country’s tourism and culture were introduced.

The Manhyia Palace Museum has lessons of the preservation of Ashanti Culture and heritage The Manhyia Palace Museum has lessons of the preservation of Ashanti Culture and heritage
The Manhyia Palace Museum has lessons of the preservation of Ashanti Culture and heritage

That did not end things. The team was also at Gushegu for the sod-cutting of a smock and kente weaving centre, and paid courtesy calls on the Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya-Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani and the Overlord of the Gonjaland traditional area, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa,

When the king of highlife music, Nana Kwame Ampadu, meets the overlord of Akyem Abuakwa , Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori PaninWhen the king of highlife music, Nana Kwame Ampadu, meets the overlord of Akyem Abuakwa , Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin
When the king of highlife music, Nana Kwame Ampadu, meets the overlord of Akyem Abuakwa , Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin

The six-day tour ended with a visit to the Larabanga Mosque, the Mystic Stone and the Mole Park.

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