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Weah’s presidency, new resorts make Liberia a tourists’ destination

The Elizabeth Village Resort is one of the newest tourists’ attraction sites in Liberia

NEW YORK —With the election of Liberia’s new president, His Excellency George Manneh Weah, a former world international soccer star who became the best soccer player in the world and in Africa, Liberia has begun to experience an increased level of tourism.

The new Liberian leader is a global celebrity and icon, especially in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, continents where soccer is like a religion.

President Weah is committed to changing Liberia and his celebrity status, love for Liberia coupled with his unquestionable patriotism have endeared Liberians to his newly inaugurated government.

Weah replaced retired controversial Liberian president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a veteran internationalist who has won the Nobel prize for peace and the Ibrahim Prize for leadership and good governance.

Weah has appointed Grace Roberts as Assistant Minister for Culture and Tourism at the Liberian Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, a move highly praised by Jones Nhinson Williams, an accomplished Liberian public policy, labor market information, workforce development and institutional governance professional based in the United States.

Williams has long argued that culture and tourism should be an autonomous agency with increased activities and capacity.

“The fact that culture and tourism fall under the Ministry of Information, a heavily political entity, diminishes the importance and efforts of tourism in Liberia,” he added.

The newly appointed assistant minister for tourism has already begun showing strong signs and competence in wanting to diversify, develop and popularize Liberia’s tourism sector. Her outreach and listening touring have been paying dividends already.

Mr. Joe G. Mulbah, a leader in Liberia’s vision to boosting Liberia’s leisure and hospitality industry by massively investing in tourism, is galvanizing the support to organize a tourism consortium or board in the private sector to support the efforts of the Weah government in promoting tourism in nationwide in Liberia.  According to Mr. Mulbah, the interim chairman of proposed private sector Liberia National Consortium, the entity will represent the interest of businesses and individuals engaged in tourism as well as the leisure and hospitality industry sector in Liberia.

The proposed consortium has contracted the services of Magowi Consulting Group [www.magowi.org] based in the United States to assist in its establishment, project management, and feasibility studies. The proposed consortium plans to work collaboratively with the newly appointed assistant minister of tourism, Ms. Grace Roberts.

Mulbah who is also the CEO of Musons Group, Inc., a successful Liberian architectural, engineering, and construction firm, is in the process of investing in the construction and establishment of a world-class resort outside the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

The proposed resort will be built near the Atlantic Ocean and will have various sporting and entertainment areas including places for a helicopter ride, casino, thrift store, and modern bars and restaurants. If completed, the proposed resort will be one of its kind in Liberia and West Africa in general.

Currently, there are few areas throughout Liberia that attract local and international tourism.  One of such places is the Port City of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County which is gradually becoming the center of attraction in the Liberian tourism sector.

The Elizabeth Village Resort considered a paradise of traditional touristic attraction is one of the country’s must-see venues.  Ideally located on the Bank of the Benson River in the city of Buchanan, the venue has indeed resuscitated the glamorous look of the country’s tourist attraction.

The ‘Village Culture Troop’ at the Elizabeth Village Resort in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia.

Equipped with a vast traditional infrastructural housing facilities Elizabeth Village Resort has won the hearts of many Liberians and foreign residents in the county.

The resort is owned and operated by one of Liberia’s tourism promoters, Ms. Hesta Baker Pearson, a former senior communication staff at ArcelorMittal.

The resort was which officially opened on December 16, 2017, was established with a capital investment of $250,000.00 United States dollars.

The resort which has beautiful handmade attractions also has a gigantic elephant statue, designed purposely to entertain guests at the refreshing swimming pool with fresh water oozing its mouth, while guests who are passionate about swimming enjoy their stay doing so.

Other attractions that thrilled most guests away at the resort on weekends include splendid cultural performances by the ‘Village Culture Troop’.

There are also opportunities and activities for canoe rides along the bank of the Benson River, while visitors who are interested fishing expedition are also afforded the opportunity.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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