The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare has noted that the ministry is working with stakeholders including others ministries, Department and Agencies and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to provide basic infrastructure necessary to add value to tourism products.

The Minister was answering questions posed to her by Mr. Stephen Kunsu MP for Kintampo North about the ministry?s plans for the Fuller Falls at Kintampo on the floor of Parliament.

According to her provision of basic infrastructure, notably access roads, electricity, potable water communication facilities, among others serve as a conduit to attract requisite investment.

She also noted that her ministry will ensure that visitors? facilities such as highway rest-stops, eco-lodges, hotels, restaurant, souvenir shops, and supermarkets are available at the area so as to boost tourism.

The Fuller Waterfalls is one of the prime natural attractions in the Kintampo North Municipal Assembly located at Yabraso, about eight Kilometers West of Kintampo, along the New Longoro road, off the road from Kumasi to Mole National Park. The falls has a unique appeal to visitors because of its beautiful setting.

Currently, the falls enjoys considerable patronage from tourists majority of whom are domestic tourist including the youth.

As part of its mandate to develop and promote tourism in the domestic and international markets, the Ministry according to the sector minister is ensuring the successful development and repackaging of our tourism resources, including the Fuller falls.

She called for effective collaboration between her ministry and key partners, in the private sector to developing tourism as a viable economic sector.

?Additionally, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) requires MMDA’s to engage Local Stakeholders and Civil Society Groups in preparing their Medium-Term Development plans and annual budgets for implementation of the plan. Over the years, the MMD’s have encouraged to incorporate tourism development in their annual plans and budget to ensure that funding is set aside for the provision for requisite infrastructure to develop the tourist sites in the Districts.?

This, she mentioned is rightly so because significant revenue accruing from the tourist business directly benefit the Districts and Local Communities which host the tourists.

She also averred that plans are far advanced by the Kintampo North Municipal Assemble to rehabilitate the 1.8 kilometre access road from the Fuller Junction to the falls.

?The project is to be funded from the District Development Facility. The District also has plans to incorporate development of tourism facilities at the falls.?

She pledged the Ministry’s commitment to work closely with the Kintampo North Municipal Assembly and all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies as well as other development partners and the private sector for development, repackaging and promotion of tourism products within the Districts and communities.

?We are poised to add value to our tourism products for increase patronage by tourists. This is a sure way of generating

Revenue, creating jobs and improving incomes of host communities engaged in tourism activities and businesses.?

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