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President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on Friday cut sod for the construction of a Heritage Bay Tourism Project at the forecourt of the Elmina castle.
The project, according to president will improve the surroundings, enhance the appeal and improve visitor experience to the castle.
“I am confident that this project will take into account the unique feature of the site as a UNESCO designated heritage site and will place emphasis on environmental preservation, sustainable tourism development, community participation and creating an enhanced visitor experience,” the President explained
He said further to that the project when finished will increase tourism arrivals, revenues and job creation saying,
“it is my desire to see an increase in jobs beyond the current 307,000 direct and 682,100 indirect jobs in the tourism sector”.
This forms part of the President’s 4-day tour of the Central Region.
The President has so far visited the chiefs and the people of Komenda Traditional area, the dormant Komenda Sugar Factory and the Petersfield & Rey Group Limited (a project under the one district one factory) at Yesunkwa in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipality.
The Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku, described the Elmina Castle as one of the key reminders of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. She revealed that next year will mark the 400 years of the first documented enslaved African arriving in Jamestown, Virginia.
She revealed that the project will involve a receptive facility that will provide a dignified welcome to visitors, a reverential garden, improved parking spaces, an events grounds, waterfront seats, busts of iconic Ghanaians, African and African-American, art and craft shops and improved washrooms, among others.
However, the contract duration and the cost of the project is unknown to media.
Present at the short but colourful event were chiefs and elders from the Edina Traditional Area, residents and students.
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