Assistant information minister for culture, Louise McMillian, says the ministry has embarked on an exercise to rehabilitateseveral tourism sites across the country in order to attract tourists to Liberia.
Addressing a regular press briefing Thursday, 15 October at the ministry on Capitol Hill, Minister McMillan disclosed there are 68 tourism sites across the country plus 25 natural historical sites that have been identified.
She said the ministry has assessed few of those sites including, Providence Island in Monrovia, Blue Lake in Tubmanburg,Bomi County,KpataweeWaterfall in Bong County, and NimbaMountain in Nimba County, amongst others.
She said a tourism expert from UNESCO BarbarZayzay, has visited six counties in Liberia to assess some of the country’s tourist sites. Minister McMillian said Liberia applied to UNESCO to be included on the world heritage list since 2013, and it is in response Mr. Zayzaywas visiting the country to assess tourism sites here whether they meet international standard.
Liberia’s tourism program has never recovered fully since the end of the civil crisis principally due to lack of funds. The government here is contemplating to make the tourism arm of the Information Ministry autonomous.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by Jonathan Browne