A New Place For Sport Flying -- Ghana
Western Africa may not be the first place most pilots consider for a tourist destination, but the government of Ghana is working to change that. The country hosted its first annual Hang Paragliding festival over the weekend. About 21 pilots flew in the Kwahu-Atibie Mountains in the country's eastern region, where tourism officials hope to promote the event in concert with the Easter festivities of the local Kwahu people. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, minister of tourism and modernization of the capital city of Accra, received the pilots at his office and thanked them for taking part in the event. He asked the pilots to help Ghana to become established as a venue for paragliding, though the sport is foreign to locals, and attract more pilots to the country. He said the event would be a "recreational, refreshing and rewarding addition to our calendar and culture." The Kwahu region, known as "the Switzerland of Ghana," has the scenery and sights to become a honeymoon spot for tourists, according to GhanaWeb.