Training programme to boost tourism in the offing

By Stephen Asante,

Kumasi, Sept. 05,
GNA – The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) is fashioning out a nationwide training
programme to boost the competency of industry players for efficient service

The programme,
targeting hotel and restaurant operators, as well as service providers, is part
of efforts to inject professionalism in the activities of stakeholders for
sustainable tourism development.

Mr. Ekow Sampson,
the Ashanti Regional Manager of the GTA, said non-adherence to professional
ethics and standards, resulting in poor service delivery had been the bane of
most tourist facility operators and owners.

Addressing the
Regional Tourism Awards ceremony at Obuasi, Mr Sampson said the Authority
believed in the tourism potentials of the nation.

For this reason, it
would not relent in upgrading the expertise of industry players to help
overcome challenges in their work.

This year’s awards
on the theme; “Excellence in Service Delivery – a Key to Sustainable Tourism”,
saw more than 25 individuals and corporate institutions being honoured in
recognition of their immense contributions in marketing, promoting and
developing the tourism industry.

Mr. Kizito Cudjoe,
a Reporter of the Business and Financial Times (BFT), emerged the Best Regional
Tourism Writer of the Year, while the BFT and UTV were also recognised for
their commitment to advancing the cause of tourism.

The awardees
received certificates and citations for their hard work.

Mr. Sampson
described domestic tourism in the Region over the years as very encouraging,
with visits to the Manhyia Palace Museum, Rattray Park, and other interesting

The Museum, for
instance, has since last year recorded more than 40, 000 visits with
corresponding increase in revenue generated by the facility.

In addition, there
has been upsurge in hospitality facilities, and this has also created jobs for
the people to improve their wellbeing.

Mr. Ben
Anane-Nsiah, the GTA Officer in-charge of Special Events, advised stakeholders
in the industry to endeavour to comply with all regulatory policies and laws
governing tourism for their own benefit.

These include
payment of the one per cent tourism levy, prompt renewal of operational
licenses and registration of new facilities to help regularise their

Mr. John Alexander
Ackon, the Regional Minister, lauded the awardees for their exemplary work, and
entreated them to be focused on developing the tourism industry. 


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