‘Year of return’ initiative has seen about 700, 000 visitors to Ghana – Akwasi Agyeman

‘Year of return’ initiative has seen about 700, 000 visitors to Ghana – Akwasi Agyeman

The CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority has said the celebration of the Year of Return is putting Ghana in a position to rake in more revenue for economic development.

According to him, the initiative has seen about 763, 545 international arrivals from January to September into the country.

”We saw 763, 545 international arrivals from January to September. We’re waiting for data from the last quarter where we’re expecting a lot more than that” he disclosed in an interview on Citi Fm.

He further indicated investment opportunities will be explored from the visitors in a bid to develop the country.

“2020 we have a project – that is when we start moving out from people visiting to investment consideration to citizenship to a whole complex diaspora discussion on real estate and we also want to use this as a platform to improve upon the heritage infrastructure that we have.

“In 2019, we realized most of the people who came were taken to Cape Coast, Elimina but that is not where the story actually is. If you go to up North from Salaga, Assin Praso and Assin Manso that is where the real story of the slave trade can be told.” he added.

The government has dubbed 2020, “Beyond the Return”, pursuant to the 2019 Year of Return which marked 400 years since the first slave ship left the shores of the then Gold Coast.

Hundreds of people have arrived in Ghana as part of the Year of Return program.

The “Year of Return” is a year-long event of the return of the descendants of the first enslaved Africans from James Town in Accra to James town in Virginia in the United States of America (USA).

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