The Mayor of Houston, United States of America (USA), Mr Sylvester Turner, has dedicated to guide the face of tourism for Ghana within the USA to drive tourism and improvement to West Africa.
In keeping with him, Ghana represents a robust important reference to the town of Houston by way of commerce of about $240 million yearly.
“And that has grown within the final decade by 16 per cent. And so we anticipate that with the persevering with relationship, the commerce between Ghana and the town of Houston will exponentially develop,” he added.
Mr Turner disclosed this when a 30-member delegation led by him paid a courtesy name on the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Tradition in Accra over the weekend.
The eight-day go to is to discover areas of funding and alternatives in Ghana and strengthen the present political ties between Ghana and Houston.
He stated by way of tourism, Houston alone contributed about 120-130,000 vacationer arrivals to Ghana representing 37 per cent final yr.
“However we expect, that quantity will develop. And Houston has one of many largest African populations, one of many largest diaspora inhabitants in the USA is true there within the metropolis of Houston and so we’re right here to construct on that relationship,” he added.
The mayor pledged that his dedication to guide the face of tourism as an envoy for Ghana within the USA, wouldn’t solely be restricted to the town of Houston however past to encourage People and others to return to Ghana.
“I’ll encourage not solely individuals to return to Ghana as vacationers, but in addition to encourage those that do enterprise in our metropolis, to do enterprise in Ghana, to spend money on Ghana, to have interaction in larger commerce with Ghana, and to not come and take and go away, I imply, and I make that very clear, to not come take and go away, however to return, construct constructive relationships, and set up win wins and never win loses,” he acknowledged.
Mr Turner expressed gratitude to the President, the minister and his entourage for the nice and cozy reception and pledged his steady help to assist construct tourism for the event of each Ghana and Houston.
The minister, Dr Ibrahim Mohammad Awal, thanked the Houston Mayor for his acceptance to be the ambassador of tourism for Ghana to drive house funding and improvement into the 2 nations.
He acknowledged that the sector aimed to double the variety of arrivals recorded final yr from USA, and expressed the hope that the connection between Houston and Ghana would assist drive the tourism sector to realize that purpose and create extra jobs for the youth.
“Our sector desires to create 150,000 jobs yearly to the current job creation agenda. The World Journey and Tourism Council, states that three out of each 10 jobs over the last decade shall be created from the tourism sector. That implies that, to create jobs for Africa’s younger individuals whom 5 per cent are nonetheless beneath the ages of 25 years, we have to spend money on a whole lot of tourism. So we would like you to help us, win partnership to create the roles,” he added.
Dr Awal inspired extra funding into the West African nations since Africa contributed to about 98 per cent returns of funding than the USA and Europe which contributes about 18 and 22 per cent returns respectively.