Tourism, Arts & Culture
Throughout the years, Ghana has become more and more a beloved holiday destination. There is a high demand for all types of accommodations and tourist attractions such as cultural and historical sites, wildlife, eco-tourism and conference tourism. Government policies are made to harness the country’s arts and culture. The various investment opportunities are as follows:
MARINE DRIVE TOURISM
Project for the development of a major tourist site (241 acres) in Accra, stretching from the Osu Klottey Lagoon – behind the Christiansburg Castle – to the Accra Community Centre. Investors are invited there to build hotels, restaurants, casinos, amphitheatres, shopping malls, fishing wharfs and facilities for conferences, water sport and marine transport.
HOTEL CATERING & TOURISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
This is a joint public-private project to construct and manage a state-of-the art hotel and tourism training institute in all the ten regions of Ghana. The financial and economic prospects look promising.
Many travellers on the Ghanaian highways want to stop and rest. Therefore the Government encourages investment in Highway Rest Stops across the country. There is a growing demand for investment in facilities such as these with shops, restaurants, sanitation, parking areas, petrol stations and resting accommodations with a scenic outlook.
The Government is also encouraging investments in large, medium and small-scale restaurants with specialties in traditional, oriental and continental cuisines to offer business and leisure tourists a wide range of cuisines.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has constructed seven Tourist Receptive Facilities in different parts of the country. In places like Salaga, Gwollu, Axim, Kpetoe, Agogo, Saltpond and Wli there are plans for tourist sites that will attract public and private investors.
The regional theatres in the country are in various stages of completion. To achieve this objective, investors are invited to partner with the National Commission for Culture, the Ghana Tourist Development Company and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
MEETING & ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Although Ghana has become a major conference destination, there is a deficit of facilities to offer a variety of services to visitors. Therefore the private sector has many opportunities to invest in multi-purpose conference and exhibition centres, not only in the capital Accra but also in other parts of the country. Many types of accommodations are needed such as motels, 4- and 5-star hotels, eco-lodges, business & conference hotels, hostels, camping sites, mountain and lake resorts with sport and recreation facilities, wellness & spa facilities.
DUTY FREE SHOPS & TOURIST COACHES
There are plans to expand the duty free shops at international and domestic airports in places such as Tamale, Kumasi, Sunyani and Takoradi. The Ghana Tourist Development Company Ltd is the investment agency of the Ministry. Their policies are focused on investments from the private sector. At these airports there is also a need for tourist coaches and domestic airlines. Especially luxury coaches for international and domestic flights.