Kumasi (or, in older atlases, Comassie) is in the center south of Ghana, in the heart of Ashanti Country. It is also this tribal people's most sacred city. Close to rainforests and known for its rich fauna and flora, Kumasi still is a royal city, home to the King or Asantehene of the Ashanti people – currently, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II. Today, it is known for being the second-largest gold field in Africa, and also for being the birthplace of former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Diamond and bauxite mining are also important industries here, despite the place being known as the Garden City. This background yields a rich diversity of Kumasi event venues.
Kumasi Airport (KMS) serves only the Ghanaian domestic market. Its main access is via Kotoka International Airport (ACC), which is six miles northeast of the city center. Airlines serviced by the airport include Alitalia via Rome; British and Virgin via London Heathrow; Delta via New York City and Monrovia, Liberia; Iberia via Madrid, KLM via Amsterdam and TAP via Lisbon, among a few others.
One of the main meeting venues in Kumasi is at one of West Africa's most respected centers of higher learning, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. The conference center, shortened generally to The KNUST, has meeting rooms, lobby spaces, seminar rooms and auditoriums, most notably in the College of Engineering.
Sadly, hotel venues in Kumasi are not plentiful. Included are the 160-room Golden Tulip Kumasi City, which has, among other spaces, a pavilion for 600 persons, conference rooms for 500 and a pool area for 200, while the 80-room Sunset Hotel, which has one conference room, and 75-room Silicon Hotel & Conference Center, which has space for 225 persons.
The countryside and Ashanti culture are your best bets for memorable events. The Centre for National Culture is the showpiece of Ashanti heritage and has several rooms and gardens for events, while the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and Manhyia Palace Museum are the main repositories of priceless Ashanti jewelry, artifacts and royal paraphernalia, with the former having a courtyard surrounded by walls adored with art and carvings, the latter being inside a pretty yellow building with a red roof, the residence of the 13th and 14th kings of the Ashanti (the current king is the 16th) and containing The Great Hall and large expanses of lawn for events. The Bobiri Forest Butterfly Sanctuary, about 15 miles southeast of the city center, has lots of wildlife, rainforest and open space, as well as a no-thrills but comfortable, eight-room guest house; while even farther out of the city is Ghana's most diverse wildlife spot, Digya National Park, where tour companies can set up events, lodging, team building and nature treks.
For off-site dining, planners are advised to seek recommendations through the tourism board, which might even be able to arrange small dining groups at several private residences. Meanwhile, Moti Mahal is a good choice for Indian food, while Tiawaah likewise is fine for Ghanaian cuisine. The Golden Tulip has undoubtedly the most consistent restaurant in town. Vic Baboo's Cafe and Restaurant de Paris will provide a glimpse of local life.