Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia ,has urged to collaborate to promote tourism in the country to create jobs and improve revenue generation for national development.

He said tourism could be the leading source of revenue for the state, if the industry was enhanced, packaged and marketed well.

According to him,the increased their productivity in tourism and other sectors of the economy, they could contribute effectively to the development of the country.

“We should promote our local content in all sectors of the regional economy given the enormous resources that have gone into developing human capital in our countries,” he said yesterday when he delivered a keynote address at the first “Regional Congress on Women in Tourism Sector – Focus on Africa” in Accra yesterday.

“I indulge all of you to contribute generously to improve the industry and empower women in tourism for sustainable development and to improve the living standards of our people,” he said.

“The tourism market has shown strong growth across Africa in recent years. The UN World Tourism Organization’s 2016 Highlights report found that Africa welcomed nearly 55.3 million international tourists in 2014 and sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 63 per cent of the number. In the decade from 2005 to 2016, tourism in Africa increased by about 51 per cent,” he revealed.

As a result of that, the Vice-President indicated that “tourism has a great potential to accelerate progress across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Well managed, the sector could generate quality jobs, reduce poverty and offer incentives for environmental conservation – a triple-win to help countries transition towards more inclusive and resilient economies. And tourism ranks as one of the major source of foreign exchange earnings in many developing countries.”

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