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Kwahu Easter Paragliding Festival Takes Off with Great Enthusiasm

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The 2023 Kwahu Easter Paragliding Festival was launched by Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, at the Odweanoma mountains in Atibie, Kwahu South Municipality. This year’s paragliding festival promises to be a major role in domestic and international tourism for Ghana.

During the ceremony, Mr. Okraku Mantey commended the participation of the private sectors in the tourism industry and emphasized the need for all Ghanaians to get involved. He stated that “Tourism is no longer a facade, it’s a big business for profit so we should all get involved. The whole country will benefit from the equity if we play the game well.”

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Paragliding is an aviation sport that originated from parachuting and is enjoyed by hundreds of people around the world. In Ghana, the paragliding festival was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism in April 2005 during the annual Easter Festival in Kwahu Atibie. The festival has been organized each year since its inception and is patronized by both local and international tourists during the Easter season.

According to Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Tourism Authority, the authority is determined to promote domestic tourism through the Ghana Tourism Development Project. The “Experience Ghana, Share Ghana” campaign is designed to encourage the public to travel and experience Ghana through its attractions, food, clothing, music, and dance. Mr. Agyeman stated that “The public will also have the opportunity to experience Ghana with discounted tour packages and a chance to win prizes by sharing the activities they engage in through postings on all social media platforms.”

Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong, the Eastern Regional Minister, emphasized the need to showcase Ghana’s culture and natural resources. He stated that “we cannot be talking about paragliding festival without showcasing our culture, as it is who we are as a people. The region is endeared with diverse natural resources and tourist sites.” These include rivers and lakes in the Kwahu Afram Plains, the Kwahu mountain ranges, Bunso canopy walk, Atiwa Forest Reserve, the Digya Forest Reserve in the Afram Plains, the Oda big tree, the Boti Water Falls, and Aburi Botanical Garden.

Mr. Acheampong also highlighted the importance of conservation and preservation of Ghana’s eco-system and urged the youth to take conscious steps to imbibe in the importance of the rich vegetation cover which have been handed down to us by our ancestors. He expressed hope that taking cognizance of the festival’s vitality and values would better equip the people to build a better eco-system to survive us and the generation yet to come.

The paragliding festival had seven pilots for the paragliding flight, and the patronage was encouraging. The festival promises to be a great success, promoting domestic and international tourism and showcasing Ghana’s unique culture and natural resources.

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