Stop politics in creative arts — Minister

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has appealed to players in the Creative Arts Industry to stop politicising the sector.

Speaking at the official launch of the Ghana Tourism Booster Handbook in Accra, the Minister noted that the situation could hinder the industry’s growth as it makes it difficult to tap into the rich knowledge of players from opposing sides.

The Ghana Tourism Booster Handbook is published by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture with support from the US Embassy.

Responding to concerns about the selection of some 50 people for the role of tourism ambassadors, Mrs Afeku said the selection was purely non-political. The ambassadors, she said are to project the country’s image and sell the tourist attractions through their work.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said the tourism industry needs all stakeholders regardless of their political affiliation to help market Ghana at the International level.

She commended MUSIGA for publishing the tourism handbook to be used by practitioners in their creative endeavours.

President of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kuffuor, acknowledged that a vibrant tourism sector has a huge impact on the music industry.

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