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Food Tourism and the Culinary Tourist in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana

Abstract

The study sought to examine the relevance of food tourism in national development, determine the factors which influence the participation in food tourism and promote interest in local dishes. Questionnaires were administered to 200 respondents who were purposively selected tourists and 20 restaurant operators were interviewed from the Kintampo, Brong Ahafo region.  The results revealed that most 104(52%) tourists travel from far and near to enjoy the culture of other regions and countries of which food is part. Factors influencing participation in food tourism are that tourists look for quality food to enjoy and also are attracted by food Bazaars and local delicacies. It was also agreed (100%) that food tourism is relevant to national development. It is therefore recommended that Food tourism be part of the government’s tourism agenda and should be properly organized to meet the current changes and challenges.

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