The program brought together an array of local and cabinet officials of government which and was marred by a cultural performance competition among the fifteen (15) counties of Liberia to win the “best county culture performing troop prize for this year’s tourism celebration.” The culture groups from the counties displayed inspiring cultural recitals and other performances aimed at winning the competition. Liberia’s culture remains unmatched across the globe considering its uniqueness.
There were splendid performances by the culture troops which brought grin and amusement on the faces of the audience, including Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, Internal Affairs Minister; Samuel F. Brown, Bomi County Superintendent; Tenneh Kpadebah , Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent; Atty. Isaac W. Jackson Jr. outgoing Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information and Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.
Also at the official indoor program on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, impressive cultural performances as the Liberia Crusaders for Peace, headed by Liberia’s Traditional Queen, Culture Ambassador, Juli Endee took the stage. Bomi County went on to win the “Best County Culture Performing Troop Prize”.
The artistic displayed at the tourism celebration indicates that Liberia has a unique culture and no one around the world will argue it. The celebration of United Nations World Tourism Day (UNWTD) is intended to create awareness in various counties and communities about the importance of tourism in the everyday life of each Liberian and the country at large.
The decentralization of Word Tourism Day celebration across Liberia adds value to the newly introduced decentralization program in the country. Liberia’s tourism sector is one of the sectors that contributes immensely to the national budget. It is estimated that by 2030, 1.8 billion tourists will be traveling around the world and Liberia cannot allow this opportunity to pass. There is a need for stakeholders, local and international partners to support the government’s efforts in promoting and advancing the tourism industry in Liberia.