Tradition & Culture

Gov’t Must Pay Attention Culture As Integral Part Of Tourism; It’s A Solution To Youth Unemployment – KCC PRO

The Public Relations Officer for the Kumasi Cultural Centre, Mr Peter King Appiah has urged the government to pay attention to the Ghanaian culture as an integral part of tourism in the country.

According to him, if the cultural aspect of tourism is served the attention it deserves, it would have resulted in the creation of jobs for the youth, hence, dealing with the youth unemployment menace in the country.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Opemsuo news Reporters, Effah Mensah William and Monica Mary Appiah-Manu, the Centre’s PRO said, the government has not given culture the maximum attention it deserves leaving stakeholders in the tourism industry less equipped in terms of logistics.

This, he reiterated has made it less efficient and yields the results and revenue the cultural aspect of tourism should be producing.

Mr King Appiah emphasised witnessing growth in the cultural sector of the tourism industry would create the capacity to absorb more youths in the sector with sustainable jobs.

Mr King Appiah however applauded the Akufo-Addo-led government for the exponential growth in the tourism sector over the few years in office through the “Year of Return” initiative.

Mr King Appiah added that despite the decrease in popularity of some of the Centre’s programs, it experienced a high number of in-flow of visitors last year 2022 whereas 2019 remains the highest in history due to the government’s “Year of Return” initiative.

However, he lamented over the rate at which the western culture has diluted the Ghanaian culture contributing to low patronage of cultural programs.

He also asserted that digitization and technology have become powerful tools for progress and as such, the centre is working hard to infuse it into its activities to bring culture into the doorsteps of Ghanaians as far as tourism is concerned.

Source: Effah and Monica

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