Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)
Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has welcomed plans by the government to revamp the tourism industry to make it more vibrant in creating jobs and wealth for the people.

“We share in the vision of the Presidency to transform the industry into a stage where Ghana would become the preferred cultural and ecotourism destination in the West-African sub-Region,” Mr. Peter Acheampong, Ashanti Regional Manager of the Authority, noted.

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The country, he observed, had more than enough tourism resources to attract the needed investors, international and domestic tourists.

Mr. Acheampong, who was addressing the 13th edition of the Regional Tourism Awards’ ceremony in Kumasi, disclosed that the Manhyia Palace, for instance, had over the years been one of the most visited cultural heritage sites.

The facility, which serves as the embodiment of the history of the Ashanti monarchy dating back to the 17th Century, saw an arrival of over 53, 000 tourists in 2018, with receipt of 280, 407 Ghana Cedis.

Additionally, the Lake Bosomtwe, one of the wonders of the world designated as a UNESCO heritage site, continues to be the subject for research and international tourism destination.

This year’s awards’ ceremony had more than 20 individuals and organisations receiving honours for their commitment to grow the tourism industry.

They included Manhyia Palace -‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’, Astolinks Travel and Tour – ‘Tour Operator of the Year’, Las Palmas – ‘Traditional Caterer of the Year’, and Golden Tulip, Kumasi City – ‘Four-Star Hotel of the Year’.

The ‘Most Consistent Tourism Support Personality of the Year’ award went to Mr. Gilbert Adu-Gyamfi, while Cofkans Hotel, Obuasi, took the ‘Two-Star Hotel of the Year’ award.

Mr. Acheampong indicated that criteria used in selecting the award winners included good maintenance and cleaning standards, adherence to the payment of tourism levy and other statutory payments, professional management and qualified staff.

Mr. Isaac Adomako Mensah, Deputy Director of the GTA in-charge of Administration, lauded the award winners for their sense of professionalism.

Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), advised key players in the tourism industry not to compromise on standards in the discharge of the duties.

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