Mr. Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York, has stated his commitment to supporting Ghana’s tourism effort, which aims to make the country Africa’s tourism hub.
In this regard, the New York Mayor’s Office and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) will devise coordinated strategies to accomplish the required results.
Mr. Adams was speaking after the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, bestowed the title of Tourism Ambassador on him in New York over the weekend on the sidelines of a Global Citizen Prize and Summit.
The Global Citizen Prize and Summit aims to honor great change-makers who are taking extraordinary steps to alleviate severe poverty in their own communities and inspire global social change.
Mr. Adams emphasized his willingness to assist in increasing the number of tourists visiting Ghana from New York and the United States in general, noting that Ghana has all of the necessary attractions to boost international tourism.
New York is America’s most populous and wealthiest city. It is also the country’s business and financial capital.
Mr. Adams stated, “I have been to Ghana, and I enjoyed my time in that wonderful country; Ghana is a peaceful country with a worldwide renowned history.”
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he said, launching “The Year of Return” project was a clear indicator of Ghana’s desire to rally the black race and unite them to their motherland.
According to Dr. Awal, America is Ghana’s most important source of international visitors, accounting for roughly 30% of all visitors over the years.
He stated that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s goal is to bring two million international tourists to Ghana each year by 2024, and that the mayor of New York’s support will aid in achieving this goal.
Ghana, according to the Minister, has a rich and diversified culture as well as over 30 forts and castles, making it a desirable tourist destination.
Tourism, according to Dr. Awal, is not just a source of entertainment but also an opportunity to encourage trade and investment.
He congratulated Mr. Adams on becoming New York’s second black mayor.