Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the district’s local economy. However, it has not been developed to a sufficient level, which has impeded a lot of potential investors in this regard. Indeed, considering the major tourist circuits in Ashanti, the district’s potential ranks among the best, yet has, perhaps, the lowest level of actual development.
These undeveloped sites therefore derives potential investors from developing the district’s cultural, historical and ecological heritage, which can be developed for both domestic and international tourism. A major tourist attraction in the district is the Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary which plays host to a wide variety of birds, butterflies, flora and fauna.
The Digya National Park also extends into the district, and here, visitors can find a number of large mammals, while engaging in a Safari-type excursion across the range. Tourists with a love for culture will find this District a fascinating place to visit. There is a shrine at Bodwease, for instance, which dates back to the 18th century.
There is a splendid Kumawu Papa Festival celebrated with pomp and pageantry every year by the people of the district. It is colourful and the festivities themselves make for intriguing watching.Indeed, Sekyere East District is at the heart of Ashanti history and culture, and tourists visiting the district can get a deep insight into the evolution of the famous Ashanti Kingdom, its decline and gradual metamorphosis into the current Ashanti Region, which is the most important part of modern Ghana’s polities.
It offer the modernity derived from being close to the Kumasi metropolis and the access to land and raw materials that are best derived from the rural hinterlands.
During these Festivals people from all walks of life in Ghana and outside the country troop to Kumawu to witness the famous Papa Nantwi Festival.