The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is planning to develop the Wli Waterfalls, Amedzofe Ecotourism, Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Afadjato/Tagbo Falls into world-class tourist attraction sites, GTA’s Ag. Volta Region Manager Alexander Kwame Nketiah has said.
This is to help create job opportunities for youth in the region and help government generate revenue for development.
He said others like the Avu Lagoon (Tosukpo & Xavi), Afadjato Conservation Area at Gbledi Gbogame, Kalakpa Game and Resource Reserve, Fort Prinzestein with links to the Atokor slave market, and the Volta Museum are currently under renovation as part of efforts to make the sites more attractive.
Some tourist sites in the region which have seen face-lifts include the Tiizo-Soba Waterfall, Adaklu mountains, the Ayafie Falls at Gbadzeme and Adidime Falls at Klefe.
Mr. Nketiah added that the sites have potential to attract tourists, given the needed investments, promotion and marketing.
“This is a region that links up to the North, Burkina Faso, Togo and other Sahel countries, and constructing the road networks would also help boost economic activities for the people and the country,” he noted.
Touching on impacts from the ‘Year of Return’, he said there was relatively limited impact in the Volta Region – as available data show a decline in domestic visits from 30,395 in 2018 to 28,590 in 2019.
Moreover, foreign arrivals dwindled from 24,763 in 2018 to 13,623 in 2019 owing to the fact that most of the ‘Year of Return’ events and activities were concentrated in the Greater Accra and Central Regions to the detriment of others.
He said the fall in numbers could also be as a result of the renovation of Ho Museum, which spanned August to December 2019 – as well as non-receipt of data from Kalakpa Resource and Game Reserve at Abutia.