Potential of Slum Tourism in Urban Ghana: A Case Study of Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorra) Slum in Accra
Journal of Social and Development Sciences
The paper assessed the state of tourism in the slum community of Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorra) in Accra, Ghana. It goes without saying that Old Fadama vehemently referred to as Sodom and Gomorra is a full embodiment of the characteristics of informal settlements better known as slums. Semi structured questionnaires were administered randomly to 250 dwellers of Sodom and Gomorra. In-depth interviews were purposively held with officials of local Travel and Tour Firms and the regional Office of
... egional Office of the National Tourism Authority. Data was analyzed descriptively and thematically. Observing residents' life style and photograph taking were found as the main tourist activities. Tourism was promoted through security consciousness of residents. Low involvement of residents in tourism affairs/businesses were the major drawbacks to tourism development in the slum. Residents needs to be sensitized to take advantage of their living conditions to establish tourism businesses in the short-term to empower them move to more 'formal' settlements of Accra in the near future to decelerate the growth of the notorious slum in Ghana's capital city.