International tourism in Ghana to fall by 64 percent - GTA Report

The GTA says efforts are underway to boost the country's tourism

International tourism in Ghana to fall by 64 percent - GTA Report

Ghana is projected to record a 64% drop in the number of international tourists travelling into the country by the end of the year, 2020.

This is was contained in a report by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).

Unlike previous years where tourist activities in the country heighten during the Christmas period, this year is expected to experience a dip, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The tourism industry which is the fourth highest exchange earner for the country saw a major boost last year with campaigns such as the Year of Return, recording a total of 1.1 million international tourists.

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Plans to project the country’s tourism sector even further this year through the Beyond the Return campaign and other initiative were dashed with the emergence of COVID-19 causing many countries including Ghana to close its borders for months.

Airlines, tour operators, travel agents, attraction sites, car hire, restaurants and hotels have all been adversely impacted with some of these businesses collapsing and others losing their jobs.

The Ghana Tourism Authority, however, says it has collaborated with the Ghana Events Organizers Association to roll out a number of events which will boost tourism during this Christmas period while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols.