Tourism Authority shuts 48 facilities in VR


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By
Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA    

Ho, Oct. 06, GNA – The Volta Regional Office
of the Ghana Tourism Authority has shut down 48 illegal tourist facilities in
the region.

About 18 others including hotels, restaurants
and guest houses regularized their operations at the eleventh hour to avoid
closure.

Mr Alexander Nketia, Regional Director of the
Authority, told the Ghana N

By
Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA
    

Ho, Oct. 06, GNA – The Volta Regional Office
of the Ghana Tourism Authority has shut down 48 illegal tourist facilities in
the region.

About 18 others including hotels, restaurants
and guest houses regularized their operations at the eleventh hour to avoid
closure.

Mr Alexander Nketia, Regional Director of the
Authority, told the Ghana News Agency said the exercise was aimed at ensuring
that the facilities adhered to strict standard of operation.

Some illegal operators, he said had been
reportedly using their facilities for unlawful activities – prostitution and
drug peddling.

They were also denying the nation huge amounts
of revenue in the form of tourism levy, registration fees and VAT.

Mr Nketia said three of these were found in
Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality.

Operators of the facilities which had been
shut down would have to submit mandatory documents comprising business
registration certificate, site and building plans approved by the various
assemblies and evidence of ownership or rent among others.

He said defaulters would pay penalties and
administrative charges of GH¢300.00 for restaurants and events grounds while accommodation
facilities paid GH¢500.00 or more, depending on their rating.

GNA


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