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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has performed the ceremony to mark the official start of construction works on the Elmina Heritage Bay Tourism Project.

The project is designed to improve the immediate surroundings of the Elmina Castle to enhance visitor experience.

It comes with a reception facility, a reverential garden, improved parking space, event grounds and waterfront seats.

Busts iconic Ghanaians, Africans and African-Americans together with arts and craft shops would also be erected.

It forms part of the government’s agenda of improving tourism assets, especially Forts and Castles to increase tourist arrivals and revenue.

President Akufo-Addo said tourism had a “huge potential” for job creation in the country and expressed his eagerness to see an increase in jobs in the sector beyond the current 307,000 direct and 682,100 indirect jobs.

He said he was confident that the project, when completed would attract more tourists and upped revenue generated by the Elmina Castle.

There could be no doubt that this was going to help stimulate business development and job creation in the area.

The tourism sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) currently, stands at three per cent.

President Akufo-Addo said United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage status would be the yardstick of the project, which would focus on environmental preservation, sustainable tourism development and community participation to create an enhanced visitor experience.

He called for effective collaboration among all stakeholders, to make sure that any residual issues were resolved for the project to become a benchmark for tourism development around the various Forts and Castles.
Source: GNA

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