Ghana has unveiled a 15-year tourism plan to increase the annual number of tourists to Ghana from 1 million to 8 million per year by 2027. By that time, Ghana's travel industry is projected to raise $8.3 billion, according to the plan.
The intended tourism boom is expected 400 years after the first African slaves were taken from countries like Ghana to mainland America. According to CNN, this was the start of the trans-Atlantic slave trade route, following the arrival of the first recorded landing of a ship carrying Africans in Virginia in August 1619. Over the years, millions of people were taken and transported on ships that departed from Ghanaian ports, CNN reports.
Part of the expected growth of tourism will be connected to this event in history, as Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo's has pointed out. In his Year of Return announcement, he pointed to Ghana's tragic legacy as a reason for diaspora descendants to return and learn about this chapter of history.
Ghana has also sought to incentivize diaspora returnees through legislation such as the Right of Abode law of 2000 that allows people of African descent to apply for the right to stay in the country indefinitely. Later, the Joseph Project encouraged Africans in the diaspora to return.
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