Mr Speaker, the Fuller Waterfalls is one of the prime natural attractions in the Kintampo North Munic- ipal Assembly located at Yabraso, about eight kilometres west of Kintampo, along the New Longoro road, off the road from Kumasi to Mole National Park.
The falls has a unique appeal to vis- itors, because of its beautiful setting. Currently, the falls enjoys considerable patronage from tourists, majority of whom are domestic tourists, including the youth and religious groups.
As part of its mandate to develop and promote tourism in the domestic and international markets, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts works closely with key stakeholders including other Ministries, Departments
and Agencies and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to provide basic infrastructure necessary to add value to the tourism products.
The provision of basic infrastructure, notably access roads, electricity, potable water, communication facilities, among others, serve as a conduit to attract req- uisite investments from the private sector for visitor facilities such as highway rest- stops, eco-lodges, hotels, restau-rants, souvenir shops, supermarkets, to mention but a few.
The successful development and repackaging of our tourism resources, including the Fuller Falls, therefore, be- comes a collective responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and her key partners. This calls for public-private partnership, which is now the trend in many countries committed to developing tourism as a viable economic sector.
Additionally, the National Devel- op-ment Planning Commission (NDPC) requires MMDAs to engage local stake- holders and civil society groups in prepar- ing their medium-term develop-ment plans and annual budgets for implementation of the plans. Over the years, the MMDA's have been encouraged to incorporate tour- ism development in their annual plans and budget to ensure that funding is set aside for the provision of requisite infrastructure to develop the tourist sites in the districts.
This is rightly so; this is because significant revenue accruing from the tourist businesses, that is, food vendors, handicraft sellers and transport services, et cetera, directly benefit the districts and local communities which host the tourists.
To this end, our information is that, the Kintampo North Municipal Assembly has planned to rehabilitate the 1.8-kilometre access road from the Fuller Falls Junction