Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, indicated an alteration in the nation’s tourist approach that could lead to the emergence of “funeral tourism” as a way to support the local tourism sector.
While some industry stakeholders may not take the proposed project lightly, Dr. Awal sees it as a rare chance to introduce the globe to Ghana’s rich cultural heritage.
The Minister stressed that funerals in Ghana are not simply somber occasions but also boisterous celebrations of life that provide a look into the country’s distinct traditions while speaking in an interview that was monitored by 1Family Radio.
He contends that exhibiting these customs will give visitors a genuine and comprehensive look at culture.
“We will find funerals at places where there are tourist attractions. When they finish the funeral, the people will be served local dishes and drinks, including sobolo. So that when we finish, we will bus them to these tourist attractions,’’ he said.
“Ghanaians love funerals, and it’s voluntary. When there is a funeral here, we will announce that we can go to Bonwire. People are selling kente there, and when they go there, they will spend money.’’
“We are busing them for free, so when we go to that area, there are restaurants there; they will buy food; they will buy artifacts. They will enrich the local economy. So we will take advantage of funerals to deepen our cultural assets, thereby creating jobs for our youths,’’ he added.