Staff and management cutting the cake
Labadi Beach Hotel has begun celebrations to mark 25 years of operation with a church service for the over 200 staff officiated by Reverend Father Andrew Campbell.
Father Campbell urged the staff and management of the hotel to be thankful to the Almighty God for how far the facility has come. “By being thankful is the only way by which the hotel could appreciate its growth over the years,” he said, lauding the hospitality facility for its continuous support for the Weija Leprosarium which he runs.
The occasion which had the Winneba Youth Choir in attendance was also used to honour some staff members who have dedicated themselves in long service to the growth of the hotel.
Opened on 22nd August, 1991, the Labadi Beach Hotel has over the years blazed the trail in offering its visitors with cutting edge services which has made the facility a household name within tourism and beyond.
The staff at the ceremony
Tracing its history, Deputy Financial Controller of the hotel, Charles Darko Yeboah, revealed that the construction works were completed within a short time to cater for a major conference at the time. “This hotel was built within 11 months because they needed more hotel rooms to be able to host the Non-Aligned Movement in 1991,” he said.
According to Mr. Yeboah the hotel has since kept a very high standard which has brought them enviable successes over the years.
“The story has been successful because being the only five-star in Ghana, we kept the standard very high. The hotel was being operated by Lonhro Hotels Africa and they took training very important so they took some of the staff to the UK for training and when they came back, they also passed on what they learnt to their other colleagues and staff and due to that our standard of service has been up to the international level.”
The hotel which has hosted a tall list of high profile guests including, Queen Elizabeth II, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Jacob Zuma, Goodluck Jonathan among others has since been under the management of the Legacy Hotels Group.
Father Campbell with Board Members of the Hotel cutting the cake
And from 110 rooms, two bars and two restaurants and a few other facilities, Labadi Beach Hotel now boasts of 164 luxury rooms, 4 executive suites and 2 presidential suites and a lap pool. Additional facilities include, among others, a spa and fitness centre and banqueting hall which according to Mr. Yeboah was one of a kind.
“We have other hotels which have quite a big conference facility but ours is unique, the ceiling of ours can hold a car for exhibition and there is no hotel with such a facility and the size of the room with its ambience makes it very comfortable for anyone who comes here; no wonder we’ve been hosting a lot of weddings here lately.”
All this transformation took place under the leadership of Mr. Adrian Landry, the immediate past General Manager of the Labadi Beach Hotel who has driven the place with his vision and discipline to where it is now.
The place is now patronized by millions of people both Ghanaian citizens and foreigners living in the country and those who come for visit.
Since its conception the hotel has had about 22 hotel managements, and has held over 30 events for prestigious companies and organizations such as South African High Commission, the Cocacola Bottling Company of Ghana, Ministry of Tourism amongst others.
Since 2012, Labadi Beach Hotel has been the ultimate, ‘Hotel of the Year’ winner at the Ghana Tourism Awards and for the Deputy Financial Controller, it is a testament to the facility’s commitment to excellence and unparalleled service. “Even at 25 we can still compete with hotels that are opening just a year ago and we would still beat them and we will continue to be the lead into the future,” he maintained.
For its General Manager, Michael Rathgeb the now SSNIT fully-owned property’s silver jubilee is a momentous occasion worth celebrating.
“It’s a landmark in the life of the hotel which is one of the few five-star hotels in Ghana and has been a pacesetter in quality and luxury in the industry and in 25 years we have quite a number of staff who are treated very well and this is something worth celebrating and I think Labadi is growing from strength to strength.”
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