Goldstar Air, a wholly-owned Ghanaian Airline based in Accra, has donated some Personal Protective Equipment towards this year’s Kids in Tourism (KIT) festival in Accra and Kumasi.
This year’s festival, scheduled for December 3, is being organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
It is part of the “Beyond the Return” programme of activities lined up for the “December in GH” events.
Mr Eric Banaman, Chief Executive Officer, Goldstar Air, said the company decided to support the initiative as part of its corporate social responsibility.
He said children needed to be protected in these times to be able to live their full potential to grow to become responsible citizens.
“As a starter, we are presenting 30 boxes of face shields to support the festival. Before the programme, we would support with some other things like sanitisers, veronica buckets, soaps and many other things that would enhance the success of the event.”
The Executive Assistant, Mr Edmund Lamptey, presenting the items, said the presentation was to keep the children away from harm and a way of educating and enlightening them about the pandemic and the need to stay safe all the time.
“We are here to donate 30 boxes containing 1,500 face shields to the children but we have planned to support the whole festival with items worth GHC30,000.00,” he added.
Mr Lamptey said, “looking at the vision of KIT, which is to instil creativity and patriotism into the children it also falls in line with our vision of promoting domestic travel, and domestic tourism.”
He said tourism was big money now and countries all over the world were making money from it and Ghana too could do the same by nurturing children from their early stages to develop an interest in both domestic and international tourism.
Mr Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi of the Corporate Affairs Department GTA said more than 1500 tourists were expected to participate in the December in GH events.
Nana Akua Afriyie, Chief Executive Officer KIT, said the festival was an annual event for children from different schools to showcase the rich tourism and cultural potentials of Ghana.
She said this year’s edition, which would be held in Accra for the fifth time and in Kumasi for the second time, was expected to attract over 30 schools from each region across the country.
“On the day of the tourism festival, there’s going to be a cultural display by the children, recitals and a grand durbar by the children, from all 16 regions of Ghana. Resource persons will also interact and talk to them about the tourism potentials of Ghana. There is also going to be the Wear Ghana and Eat Ghana, and Feel Ghana show.”
Nana Afriyie expressed appreciation to Goldstar Air for the support and called on other corporate institutions to come on board, saying it would go a long way to boost the interest of the children in tourism.
She encouraged parents and teachers to take advantage of the festival to get their children to be exposed and experience the rich tourism potentials of Ghana, learn about their culture and meet up with friends from other schools and places.