He says though the region already contributes significantly to both domestic and foreign tourism, there was a lot more potential for the region to contribute to the nation’s kitty through tourism.
The minister who was speaking at the Ashanti Regional Day during the 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) held in Sunyani last Tuesday delivered an elaborate profile of the Ashanti region, it’s cultural heritage as well as other tourist attractions.
“Nananom, Ashanti Region has a unique traditional heritage of chieftaincy where there is a unitary structure with one man being the head, as Asantehene; the present Asantehene being Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The attractive traditional observance has historical significance which has survived modernization. The Region has several tourist attraction sites and scenic places such as Lake Bosomtwe in the Bosomtwe District, the historic Okomfo Anokye Sword, the Royal Museum at Bremang all in Kumasi, the birth place of the famous female warrior Yaa Asantewaa in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality, the St. Mary’s Sanctuary at Buoho in the Afigya Kwabre District, as well as cultural artefacts producing communities such as, the Ahwiaa Wood Carving Center, Ntonso Adinkra Textiles (all in the Kwabre East District), Kente Weaving Centre at Bonwire in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality and many other traditional economic value.”
NAFAC is an opportunity for the various regions to showcase their rich cultural diversity, which encompasses traditional food, language, folklore, music, dance, medicine, architecture, fashion and other traditional practices of the people.
The colourful event was well patronized with several Ministers of State, Parliamentarians, Chiefs and other prominent citizens attending.