Tourism operation educated on how to access the tourism development grant

Tourism

Some tourism operators and hoteliers in the West, North West and Central regions have been sensitized on how to access the Ghana Tourism Development Project (GTDP).

The outreach workshop covered the third phase of the $10 million GTDP grant aimed at stakeholders across the tourism, arts and culture value chain.

Professor Gabriel Eshun, Technical Advisor to the project, said the amount would be disbursed in three categories under the Site Upgrade Grant (SUG), Small and Medium Enterprises Grant (SMEG) and the COVID-19 Relief Grant.

Tour operators, hoteliers, restaurant and food service operators, tourist site owners and operators, tourism-related transport operators, arts and crafts, entertainment industry are the main beneficiaries.

The GTDP is a $40 million grant approved by the World Bank to the government under the International Development Association Credit and targeted at specific tourism, arts and cultural destinations in the country.

Prof. Eshun said the overall objective was to strengthen the enabling environment for tourism to address the constraints most likely to have a transformative impact on the tourism sector in Ghana.

He said it was also about developing tourist sites and destinations to diversify the leisure tourism offer in Ghana by identifying and improving the most promising destination areas and the tourism business support program to fund the costs of tourism business matching grants and business development services training.

“The grant application can be accessed at www.gtfp.motac.systems and is open until July 29, 2022,” Professor Eshun added.

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