The 12th edition of the annual Kwahu Paragliding has been launched by the Ghana Tourism Authority today.
The event since its inception has attracted thousands to Kwahu area during the Easter celebration. At the brief press launch of the event at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, Chief Executive Officer of GTA, Akwasi Agyeman said this year’s event will be used to repackage the whole paragliding. The Authority and it partners hope to make it a routine event and not just the one-time-in a year that it has become.
He said the 12th edition comes with additional feature such as insurance for revelers who will fly and a live coverage of activities on major networks. Biking and hiking expeditions, a tourist village where one can get access to various traditional foods will also feature in this year’s event.
As a measure to get more indigenous people to fly this year, Mr. Agyemang indicated that the Authority will reduce the rate involved to make it affordable and also give away free tickets. On safety and security, he stated that organizers will work closely with the security and emergency services to ensure that patrons are safe during the festival.
This year’s Paragliding Festival will also feature a myriad of fun-filled activities for participants including those who would not want to fly. About six pilots are expected to participate in the three days event.The Kwahu Paragliding Festival was instituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the auspices of the Ghana Tourism Authority and is aimed at boosting tourism within the enclave whilst creating job and income for the indigenes.
The paragliding is one of the flagship programmes by GTA which attracts tourists from all over the world. This year’s event will take place on the Odwenanoma Mountain, Atibie from the 14-16 of April, 2017.