Year of Return Receipt hit $3.3 billion-Minister reveals
The Minister of Tourism Barbara Oteng Gyasi in a response to a parliamentary question declared, that the Year of Return had a positive impact on the economy.
According to the Minister, she said the international arrivals at the end of the year reached 1,13million from 956,372 in 2018, a 27% growth which was above the global average of 5%.
The Minister elaborated that, the average expenditure per tourist increased from $2,708 in 2018 to $2,921 in 2019, adding this increased the tourism receipt to $3.312 billion.
Madam Oteng Gyasi said the increase in the number of travellers to Ghana positively impacted the private sector including the aviation industry, hotels, tour operators, restaurants and art and craft dealers.
She said the Year of Return on both the local and international scale exceeded expectation.
The initiative was formally launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo in September 2018 in Washington, D.C. as a program for Africans in the diaspora to unite with Africans.
The year 2019 was symbolic as it commemorated 400 years since the first enslaved Africans touched down in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States.
One of the main goals of the Year of Return campaign was to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora.
The events planned throughout the year served as a launch pad for a consistent boost in tourism for Ghana in the near and distant years. Beyond tourism, this initiative supports one of the President’s key developmental agendas in Ghana Beyond Aid.