2017 Kwahu Paragliding launched
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has launched the 2017 Kwahu Paragliding Festival slated for the 14th of April, through to the 16th at Atibea in the Eastern Region.
This year’s event will mark the 12th in the series of the Kwahu Easter paragliding Festival celebrations, which aims at promoting the Ghanaian Culture through domestic tourism and improving the economy.
At the media launch on Monday, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Kwesi Agyemang said: “this year’s event is a stepping stone for a bigger platform that we want to create for paragliding in Ghana. We’re looking to upgrade the facility at the Ebianomaa mountains so that paragliders all over the world can just go and paraglide. They don’t have to wait for another Easter.”
He indicated that this year’s event will be used to relaunch the entire paragliding series and there will be a tourism village to showcase Ghanaian culture including food and artisans including a special photo booth with the feature that will give a replica interface of paragliding for those who have a phobia for paragliding.
In all, about 8000 people are expected to participate in the celebrations including six international paragliding pilots from the United States of America, Japan and Amsterdam to fly passengers.
The CEO debunked rumours and assertions that have created fear and panic following the tragedy that occurred at Kintampo. He assured that: “safety measures have been put in place and therefore no misfortune will occur. Provision has been made for all unforeseen circumstances” adding that Public liability insurance is available in partnership with GLICO Insurance for those who are going to participate in the event.
Paragliding in Ghana was established in 2003 by the then Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture (Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the capitol city Accra), the late Jake Tonka Obetsebi-Lamptey visited the Kwahu ridge as part of his familiarization tour of the country, and by chance crossed paths with the festival's organizer, Walter Neser.
The first Ghana Paragliding Festival was then launched in 2005 by the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama, former Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
The 2017 Kwahu paragliding festival will include biking expeditions as well as hiking. It promises to be fun and exciting.