Accra named as top tourist destination

The New York Times has listed Accra as one of the best destinations in the world for business and pleasure for 2013. The Ghanaian capital came fourth out of the 46 places the influential newspaper recommended that its readers visit this year.

Described as "a buzzing metropolis ready for business and pleasure", reviewer Karen Leigh writes that Accra "has welcomed business travelers for years and now tourists are streaming in, a byproduct of the fact that the country has Africa’s fastest growing economy and is also one of the safest destinations.”

The review highlights the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel for "its poolside bar and waiters on roller skates" while the "Marriott Accra — the chain’s first sub-Saharan offering — will feature a casino and upscale shopping when it opens in the spring.”

The newspaper said: “On Accra’s packed beaches, you’ll see everything from snake handlers to plantain peddlers. Head to the upscale neighborhood of Osu and hit the treehouse-inspired terrace at Buka for fine West African food."

As for local food specialities it recommends "a giant plate of tomato-smothered tilapia and banku — a fermented yeast paste that’s tastier than it sounds — washed down with local Star beer.”

Top of the list was Rio de Janerio, followed by Marseille, and Nicaragua. The full list of travel destinations can be seen on the NYT website.