The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Ghana Cocoa Board (GCB) joined forces to celebrate the National Chocolate Week with a health walk which ended at the Peduase Lodge last Saturday.
The five-kilometre walk started at the Ayi Mensah toll booth and saw over 100 participants, including staff of the Ghana Cocoa Board and GTA, climbing the Aburi mountains amidst brass band music.
When the participants got to the Peduase Lodge environs, they were taken through some aerobic exercises by a physical instructor.
The Chocolate Week is a celebration instituted by the Ghana Tourism Authority in 2005 to coincide with Valentine’s Day to promote the consumption of chocolate and cocoa as a national staple.
The event, which is marked every February 14, is also targeted at boosting domestic tourism to give a healthy orientation to the celebration of Valentine's Day.
The Public Affairs Manager of Cocoa Board, Mr Fiifi Boafo, disclosed that Accra and Kumasi would be designated as Ghana’s chocolate cities.
“The long-term goal is to make it a chocolate festival where we celebrate it in Ghana from February 8 to February 14 because we pride ourselves as a country that produces the best cocoa in the world,” he stated.
The Director of Corporate Affairs, Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr Jones Aruna Nelson, said Ghana cocoa was a premium cocoa and added that investment in cocoa was creating revenue and jobs for the state.