The Ghana Tourist Authority (GTA) on Tuesday closed down 10 businesses comprising hotels, restaurants and drinking spots in Kumasi which had been operating without licences.

They include the Diamond Hotel, Green House Guest House, Grandees Pub and Restaurant, +2 Pub and Kitchen, White Collar Datcha, Sister Eno Drinking Spot and Morbifinal Drinking Spot.

The others were Galaxy Travel Consult, Pub African Origin and Green Valley Chinese Travel and Tours.

Mr. Mathew Osei Prempeh, Ashanti Regional Quality Assurance Manager of the GTA, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that this was part of the measures aimed at bringing sanity to the tourism industry.

He expressed concern about the rate at which unlicenced tourist facilities are springing up in the region, and said this poses serious danger to the public as their safety cannot be guaranteed.

Mr. Osei Prempeh reminded operators in the hospitality industry to accept working within the law in order to help maintain standards.

Mr. Charles Buabeng, the Regional Chief Marketing Manager of the GTA, advised the industry players to patronise workshops run by the GTA to enable them adopt best practices.

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