Business News of Saturday, 24 January 2015
All unregistered, illegal and unlicensed tourism enterprises will be closed down starting February 16, 2015, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has warned.
The nationwide exercise will flush out and close down hotels, restaurants, chop bars, drinking bars, car rentals companies, resorts, among others who fall foul of the GTA’s rules and regulations.
This was disclosed by the Board Chairman of the Authority, Mr Akunu Dake, when he addressed industry stakeholders at a forum at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi as part of the Sector Minister’s familiarisation and working visit to the Ashanti Region.
Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts bemoaned the branding of Ghana as a high cost destination and admonished operators to be driven not just by profit motives.
She was enthused that in this era of the Ebola scare, Ghana has been listed by British Airways as one of the top destination countries for 2015.
Ofosu-Adjare called on the Tour Operators Union of Ghana to devise appropriate strategies to attract people into domestic tourism.