By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, June 30, GNA
– Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture says the Osu
Castle would soon be converted into a museum of leadership and governance.
She said the castle
would soon receive much attention as significant partners were coming on board
to elevate the place and make it more attractive to both local and
She said this, would
also be a source of income generation for the sector.
Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said
this during a familiarization tour to some tourist facilities in Accra, to
ascertain their conditions at the back drop of the celebration of PANEFEST and
Emancipation Day celebrations, as well as the year of return.
The Minister visited
the Kwame Nkrumah Museum, the Osu Castle and the Dubois Centre.
She said it was
important to keep these sites in shape as most tourists who would visit Ghana
during these periods might visit such places, saying, “It is paramount for
tourists to have good impressions about our sites, so that they go back with
fantastic reports in order to also drive in more tourists”.
The Minister said
“These are the reasons why we have to take critical look at these
facilities and whatever has to be done must be done immediately.”
Mrs Oteng- Gyasi
said there were certain issues in the industry that require legal action, and
that she was working on finalizing certain recommendations in the Creative Arts
bill that were made by cabinet and would be resubmitted to get approval and pass
She mentioned that
it was the arts and culture that drive tourism, and there was the need to focus
more on them, in order to drive more tourism into the country.
“The issue of
copyright in the creative arts industry impinges on the revenue that artists
generate. We are working to comprehensively deal with that to ensure that
artists generate the revenue from their work.”
She called on
managers of these facilities to ensure that the sites were always in good shape
assuring that the Ministry would be ready to assist them in whatever form to
achieve the best.
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