The Deputy Director and Head of Central Administration at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Miss. Fati Issaka Koray on Friday 22nd February 2019,urged Service providers to buy into the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana” campaign by enriching their menu with more local dishes.
Delivering an address on behalf of the Regional Minister at the 14th edition of the Upper West Regional Tourism Awards Night, Miss. Koray indicated that, this would certainly reduce the amount of money we spend on food import to service the tourism industry. According to her, we should also make conscious efforts to know our environment by visiting our tourist attraction sites and develop the habit of nature conservation. She said the Ghana Tourism Authority should encourage the formation of Tourist Clubs in the second cycle and tertiary institutions as well as in the churches, mosques and communities
She noted that, our rich culture is always displayed in colorful festivals, naming ceremonies, funerals and big occasions as well as places of worship. She said, increasingly, some of the youth have found their talents in the creative arts industry. “As artists, film or music producers, let us project our cherished values shaped by our heritage that can stand the test of time. I also challenge the artists to produce art work that depict our heritage sites that can be displayed in our homes, offices, hotels and restaurants” she added
Miss. Koray indicated that the Region abounds with an array of tourism resources which include: the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, the Gwollu Slave Defense Wall and Bone-setter Clinic, the Wa Naa’s Palace, the Nakore Ancient Mosque, the Wuling’s Mushroom-shaped Rock and other Heritage sites that attracts both domestic and international tourists. She said in 2018 for instance, the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary recorded 1,024 arrivals out of which 505 were non-residents.
She indicated that Government would continue to provide the enabling environment by improving accessibility to the sites to attract the needed investment.
The Regional Tourism Award has become a flagship event in the tourism calendar of events which is celebrated every year to award distinguished tourism practitioners in the Region. It also set the tone for high standards in service delivery among practitioners in the tourism industry.
The Audit Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Kenneth Adu-Boahene delivering a speech at the event on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority indicated that the Ghana Tourism Authority launched a marketing campaign ‘See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana’ aimed at promoting domestic tourism, the nation’s culture and heritage on 30th June, 2017 which seeks to re-orient Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride way of life.
Mr. Adu-Boahene noted that the key objectives of the campaign was to develop a new and sustainable sense of nationalism that brings commercially viable and sustainable life, the concept “I AM GHANAIAN”, pull together existing and stalled efforts to rebrand and market Ghana locally, to the African Diaspora and the rest of the world; promote local business opportunities across Ghana and promote Made-in-Ghana goods. He said the See, Eat, Wear and Feel Ghana campaign has increased the tourism traffic both domestically and internationally.
The number of awards was twenty in different categories. This included: Hotel of the year(2 star), Hotel of the year(1 star), Hotel of the year(Budget), Restaurant of the year(Grade 1), Restaurant of the year(Grade 2), Traditional Caterer of the year, Drinking Bar of the year, Night club/pub of the year, Site Guide of the year, Tour Guide of the year, Visitor Attraction of the year, Consistent payment of Tourism Levy(Accommodation), Consistent payment of Tourism Levy(catering), Tourism oriented Media of the year(T.V, Radio, Print), Tourism Program of the year, Tourism writer of the year, Honorary Awards for supporter of Tourism Programs of the year, Emerging Exemplary Award for sustainable Eco-Tourism Community of the year and Historical Site of Anti-Slavery Award of the year.



The Upper West Regional Minister, Hon Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan lauded UNICEF for being a major development partner in the area of sanitation and hygiene and their support to the Government of Ghana in the development of a cost effective sanitation model based on the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. He said, the CLTS approach was adopted in the National Environmental Sanitation Policy (NESP) as the means of ensuring proper sanitation in rural and small towns. The Minister made this remark whiles addressing participants at a workshop on Environmental and Social Management Framework in Wa on the 31st January 2019.
Hon. Sulemana disclosed that the program is being implemented in five most deprived regions in Ghana namely, Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Volta and Central region. He said the program seeks to complement Government’s efforts in enhancing the livelihood and living conditions of the affected regions in Ghana. He added that, the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been developed with the support of Green Advocacy Ghana which is to help better manage the environmental and social issues as far as CLTS implementation is concerned.
The Minister noted that, the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) Provides the environment and social management arrangement for a sustainable implementation of the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS). He said this was with particular reference to activities with environmental and social implications under the model, and the corresponding environmental and social safeguard to mitigate potential cumulative impacts and risks, while enhancing opportunities and strategies.
He added that for Ghana to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Goal 3-Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
Goal 6-Clean water and sanitation; and
Goal 11-Sustainable cities and communities; we must attach more seriousness to the model.
The Hon. Regional Minister pledged his commitment and that of the Regional Coordinating Council to ensuring that the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is implemented to improve upon the lives of the citizenry of the region. He reiterated that, Government cannot do it alone and that it requires concerted efforts of all Ghanaians to enable the president succeed in fulfilling his promise to restore hope to Ghanaians.