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Ghana: How Former President Rawlings Pioneered Heritage Tourism in Ghana

Interview - In the 1980s, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings launched heritage tourism as a means to economic development in Ghana. Under his initiative, Ghana's forts and castles - where enslaved Africans were forcibly put on slave ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean into slavery in the Americas - were turned into heritage sites for tourism. It united Africans and African descendant people living in the disapora.

p interview In the 1980s, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings launched heritage tourism as a means to economic development in Ghana.This abbreviated interview with him was the first time he spoke publicly on heritage tourism and development.How did you arrive at this innovative idea - using cultural heritage tourism for development?I left the matter to those who championed heritage tourism and the various ministries.

How do you see the heritage tourism and development initiative today?Thanks to the Journal of Heritage Tourism for permission to republish.

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