The 2018 edition of the Kwahu Paragliding festival held under the theme “You Too Can Fly” recorded the highest number of flights ever in the 13 year history of the event in Ghana with 288 flights.
The passengers came from 29 countries stretching from New Zealand to Guatemala and from South Africa to Sweden. Also 103 Ghanaians flew this year indicating an increasing interest in the sport in Ghana.
Ten (10) tandem pilots from the USA, Peru, Romania, Germany and Japan flew the many delighted passengers over the four day period (March 30 – April 2, 2018).
Two Ghanaian solo pilots also participated in the event. With an expanded take off point, new pavilions and modern washroom facilities, visitors to this year’s event enjoyed worthy and enhanced experiences and many patrons commended the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the expansion project and commitment to the development of Paragliding as a tourism activity in Ghana.
In her address at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Ablema Afeku outlined steps the Ministry has taken to acquire a training site at Shai Osudoku to fast track the local training of Paragliders which is already underway. Eleven (11) Ghanaians have already undergone training programme.
Officials of the GTA, have confirmed that another Paragliding festival is slated for 27-30 September 2018 to coincide with the 2018 World Tourism Day celebrations.