The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has disclosed that the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum has generated GH¢1.88 million between January 2017 and September this year.
A total of 176,589 Ghanaians and 92,937 non-Ghanaians visit to the facility generated the income for the facility.
In 2017, 41,010 Ghanaians and 15,605 non-Ghanaians visited the park in yielding GH¢440,571 whereas in 2018, 46,848 Ghanaians and 17,883 non-Ghanaians visited the park and mausoleum which raised GH¢455,272. In 2019, visits from 50,265 Ghanaians and 47,930 non-Ghanaians generated GH¢672,444.
In 2020, the facility witnessed a drop-in visit mainly as a result of the cOVID-19 pandemic 24,893 Ghanaians and 6,467 non-Ghanaians who visited the park generating GH¢191,643, while in 2021, some 13,573 Ghanaians and 5,052 non-Ghanaians visiting the place yielded GH¢121,869.
A consultant has been engaged to design a comprehensive concept for the rehabilitation of the park and mausoleum, the Minister further disclosed. In the new design to attract more visitors, there would be an Nkrumah Freedom Walkway to exhibit some of the writings and personal belongings of the former President, an administrative block, a memorabilia shop, restaurants and a library to “make it a truly attractive tourist park”.
“Domestic tourism is a key part of our ministry and as the years come, we will make sure that we double these domestic numbers”Dr.Awal mentioned. “The project is being rehabilitated and is about 95 per cent complete,” the minister said.