The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched the 2018 Kwahu Paragliding Festival which is the13th edition of the event, that would take place at the Odwianuma Mountains from March 30 to April 2, 2018, at a flying fee of GHC250.00.
The paragliding is one of the flagship events of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, and this years event is dabbed “You too can fly”.
The Chief Executive Office GTA Mr. Akwesi Agyemang, indicated that, Tourism has been and still continues to be among the key sectors of the Ghanaian economy, therefore the Authority has to do all it can to stabilize the industry and take proper stock of all tourism infrastructure and monuments in the country.
According to him, the mandate of the Authority is to make sure that, tourist facilities in the country are upgraded such that it would attract more people to patronize it at all times. He said, various stakeholders have been engaged in order to make Kwahu 2018 event a memorable one.
Adding that, there has been a lot of improvement taken place at the site therefore, this year’s event promises to be an extraordinary one which is expected to attract thousands of people from across the country and beyond. He also said, there would be funfairs and entertainment among others at this year’s event.
“We want to expand the take-off point, because in the past only one pilot could fly at a time. But hopefully this year, we would be flying four pilots at a time. We are also working with the pilots to ensure that the fly time is managed so that a lot of people can fly this year,” Mr. Agyemang noted.
“We are also bringing in top ten pilots from around the world to ensure the success of the events, whilst efforts are being made to train 12 local pilots who would partake in the event in some few years to come,” he disclosed.
Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, however said the agency is working in together with the Kwahu south assembly, the Ministry of Roads, the Kwahu Tourism Initiative, Parks and Gardens, the 64 infantry regiment and other security agencies to provide safety, the ambulance service for the provision of medical care at the site in case of any eventualities and many more.
Meanwhile, he said new pavilions have been built at the site to comfortably accommodate the tourist in a relaxed atmosphere as they wait patiently for their turn to fly.
Mr. Akwasi Agyemang however, appealed to all stakeholders to come together to support the event, and as well called on Ghanaians to take advantage of this year’s event, and not to live it for the foreign tourists only but also ”to see Ghana, feel Ghana, wear Ghana and eat Ghana.”