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Elmina, Cape Coast, Wholesaling, service sector, New World

The service sector accounted for 39.3 percent of GDP in 2000. Wholesaling and retailing of food items at local open markets as well as sales of manufactured goods at shops characterize Ghana’s domestic trade. Tourism is one of the country’s expanding service activities. The most important tourist destinations are the colonial fortresses at Cape Coast and Elmina, which were once major transshipment points for tens of thousands of slaves on their way to the New World. Tourist arrivals increased from 146,000 in 1990 to 335,000 in 1998. In 1997 $22 million was generated from tourism. Most visitors to Ghana come from the United States and Europe.



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