Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has mentioned that the Osu Castle will soon be converted into a Museum of Leadership and Governance.
She stated that much attention would be given to the Castle as important partners are being engaged to make it more appealing to both local and international tourists.
She said that this would serve as a source of income generation for the sector.
The Sector said this during a familiarization tour to some tourist facilities in Accra in order to review their conditions in preparation for 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 stated that it was essential to maintain the beauty of these sites to make a good impression on tourists who would visit them and in the long run boost the tourism sector.
“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. These are the reasons why we have to take critical look at these facilities and whatever has to be done must be done immediately,” she said.
Mrs Oteng- Gyasi asserted there were certain issues in the industry that require legal action, and that the Ministry is working on finalizing certain recommendations in the Creative Arts bill that were made by Cabinet and would be resubmitted to Parliament to get approval.
She mentioned that there was the need to focus more on Arts and Culture in the country, as these work to drive tourism in the country.
She also promised that the ministry is working to ensure favourable copyright restrictions that would benefit artists in the sector.
“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 therefore urged managers of these facilities to ensure that the sites are always in good shape and assured them that the Ministry would be ready to assist in any way to achieve the best.