Twenty-Two Hotels In Eastern Region Closed Down
| Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 8:00am
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku.
Twenty-two hotels in the Eastern Region have been closed down by the Ghana Tourism Authority through its enforcement exercise carried out last week.
They were closed down for noncompliance to the Tourism rules and regulations including operating without licence,failure to pay one percent Tourism Development Levy and improper documentation.
Briefing a Radio Ghana's Correspondent in an interview in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Frederick Adjei--Rudolf, said the team spent one week to carry out the exercise in ten districts and municipalities in the region namely Kwaebibirem, Akwapim South,Lower Manya, Yilo Krobo, Birim Central, East Akim and New Juaben municipalities, among others.
He said the exercise is the first to be embarked on this year and will be repeated before the end of the year to help bring sanity into the operations of the tourism facilities in the region.
Mr. Adjei Rudolf advised the defaulters to regularize their operations by paying the one percent levy as well as other taxes and also provide the basic necessities to make their facilities more attractive to tourists in order to boost tourism industry in the country.
In a separate development, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is implementing a one-stop shop to showcase the more than 2000 registered Ghanaian hotels and promote the country’s tourism sector on the world market.
The project forms part of the modules of the National Tourism Single Window Destination being executed to deepen public access to information on the country’s tourism profile in a broader perspective.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, said this in an address during a Hospitality Excellence Breakfast Meeting organised by the GTA in Accra on Tuesday.
It was to school key players in the tourism industry on the progress of the project and the way forward.
She said more than 60 per cent of the hotels in Ghana had poor online presence, which made them invisible in the world market, thereby, causing them to experience poor patronage.
Mrs. Afeku said the project will give such hotels an adequate online presence and increase their marketability by creating a database to store their information and web portal to get them connected to visitors and tourists the world over.
She added that the framework will also position Ghana on the forefront of the “the world’s competitive market” as the system will publicise the country’s rich tourist sites while displaying their quality standards.
“When Ghana is known for quality tourism, it would attract thousands of people to the country and create more avenue of income for the people,” Mrs. Afeku said.