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The Upper West Regional office of the Ghana Tourism Authority is scheduled to visit some tourist sites in the region as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 United Nations World Tourism Day. The “World Tourism Day celebration” which comes off on 27th September each year affords the various Tourism industry players the opportunity to showcase their products and services with the aim of attracting global attention. In Ghana, the National event is often characterized by a national durbar organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Mr. Moses Ndewin Ndebugri

In a press statement signed by the Upper West Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority Mr. Moses Ndewin Ndebugri, this year’s world tourism day celebration will be held at Hohoe in the Volta Region under the theme: “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”. Activities for this year’s National event includes: Health walk and a Grand Durbar of Chiefs.

However, the day will be commemorated in the Upper West Region with a visit to some selected tourist sites. The regional team is also expected to meet and interact with site managers and tour guides from the selected sites “on their level of adherence to the COVID-19 protocols”. The statement further encouraged the populaces to patronize the various tourist attractions in the region; “the public is encouraged to visit the tourist sites in the region and experience our rich culture and hospitality” the statement said.

The Upper West Region is endowed with numerous tourist attractions stretching from Cultural and Heritage sites to beautiful flora & fauna, from the unique cultural festivals to the amazing hospitality among others. Attractions such as: the Mushroom-shape rock, spectacular Nanvile termite hills, the Gwollu slave defense wall, the Busa bleeding rock & Baobab tree house, the Gbelle game reserve, Wechiau Hippo sanctuary, Nakore ancient mosque and the magnificent Wa Naa’s palace makes the region a preferred tourist destination.

Some tourist attractions in the Upper West Region

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has set aside 27th September each year to create awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic impact worldwide.

Since 1980, the day (27th September) has become known as “the world tourism day”.