African countries urged to reduce inter-flights costs to boost tourism

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Tuesday, expressing concern about the high airfares in Africa, asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry.

He said Ghana was collaborating with other West African countries to facilitate movement within the sub-region as part of the continental initiative to facilitate visa-free movement in Africa.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vice President said, was seriously working on the issuance of electronic-visas as one of the mechanisms to attract more tourists into Ghana.

The Summit was initiated to bring experts, enthusiasts, key players and stakeholders in the tourism industry globally, to promote investment and fill a gap in the international tourism industry.

Ghana has become the first African country to host the Summit, which has enjoyed steady growth since its inception in 2014.

The Vice President said Ghana had witnessed a rise in its tourists’ arrivals from 286,600 in 1995 to an estimated 1.2 million, in 2016.

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Source: Myjoy