The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal today tasked Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah and his team to create 150,000 new jobs for an enhanced sector.
Dr. Awal explained that before the covid, the tourism sector made 3.3 billion dollars and further clarified that 2022 must work towards receiving 900,000 international visitors for an improved domestic travel index from 300,000 to 800,000 visits to rake in cash and improve financial gains of the sector.
He made the call while inaugurating the chairman of the new governing board of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah today in Accra at the conference room of the Ministry.
Dr. Awal pledged the support of his ministry for the new governing board and also put across his expectations of the board to help in realizing the 2.3-billion-dollar target for the sector in 2022.
The newly inaugurated Board Chair, Hon. Seth Adjei-Baah in his acceptance remark assured government to do everything possible to get the private sector invest in tourism to make it the number one contributor of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to him, his new task to create 150,000 jobs and also bring in 900,000 international visitors to the Ghana will be given the prominence and attention required.
According to him, it is possible and he is confident to achieve government’s target owing to his 40 years of experience in the private sector and an additional 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
“I will bring new innovations to the sector and ensure that tourism is put across to excite people and endear all, especially the youth to appreciate tourism. There is more money to be made” he opined.
The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. John Yao Agbeko took turn to welcome the management board and staff and also urged the new board of his support to ensure the realization of their targeted goals.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister, Mark Okraku-Mantey, Chief Director and Management and staff of the Ministry.
Mabel Delassie Awuku