Ghana is home to one of the friendliest people on earth, situated in a unique and picturesque coastal location on the Atlantic Ocean, Ghana has always been a special Africa, for both first time visitors as well as previous visitors. With a wide range of attractions and facilities, Ghana dazzles and charms visitors with its historic past and natural beauty all year round.
Indeed for the traveler, Ghana is that latter-day unknown, unexplored and certainly unexploited destination which abounds in an unbelievable array of excitingly striking attractions, succinctly distinctive and peculiar to each of the ten regions in Ghana. This is the black gold which is now being cherished and pursued by lovers of Nature, Historical, Cultural Sights, Leisure Sport and Recreation, and Business. For the recuperating, the prevailing peace and tranquillity is better tasted than described!
There has been a phenomenal growth in the tourist industry since the 90s with the sector registering an annual growth rate of 12 percent. The impact on both local and international levels has been very remarkable both in economic and cultural terms. It is not surprising that the rich Ghanaian culture and traditions has received recognition world wide.
After it became clear that the country could no longer depend on fluctuating world market prices for raw materials, the government in 1985 identified tourism as one of the key sectors for the development of Ghana. In 1993 the Ministry of Tourism was established as the policy making body of the tourism sector, its implementing agency being the existing Ghana Tourist Board. Ghana decided at the time to concentrate on five sectors, namely heritage, culture, beaches, conventions and ecology.
Tourism is currently Ghana’s third largest foreign exchange earner, after minerals and cocoa. International tourist arrivals and receipts have grown consistently over the past decade, with tourists arrivals tripling over the last ten years, and with corresponding tourist receipts increasing tenfold over the same period.
some top attractions include: 1) Ghana National Museum: The National Museum of Ghana is in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. It is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB).
The museum building was opened on 5 March 1957 as part of Ghana’s independence celebrations. The official opening was performed by the Duchess of Kent, Princess Marina. The Museum’s first Director was A.W. Lawrence.
Objects of archaeology, ethnography as well as fine art find place in the National Museum building.
2) Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary: Located 20km on the Kumasi and Accra highway, it is a quiet research showcasing an arboretum, forest hiking trails and a butterfly sanctuary; lodging, guiding and interpretative materials are available.
The Forest is an undisturbed rain-forest. In front of the guesthouse is the butterfly sanctuary where different butterfly species could be observed. The butterflies are at their best during mid-day since they do not like moisture.