Effective Monday , February 16, 2014, the Ghana Tourism Authority will commence a nationwide enforcement exercise to flush out and close down all illegal, unregistered and unlicensed tourism enterprises such as hotels, restaurants, chop bars, drinking bars, drinking bars, car rentals, etc.
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 Hon Minister’s familiarisation and working visit to the Region.
He commended the sector Minister, Hon Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare for her non-political interference in their activities.
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, but attracting more patronage to benefit from the economy of scale.
She was enthused that in this era of the Ebola scare, Ghana has been listed by the British Airways among the top destinations in 2015. She used this to call on the Tour Operators Union of Ghana to devise appropriate strategies to attract people into domestic tourism.
With her declaration of 2015 as a Year of Tourism with emphasis on Domestic Tourism, she appealed for the organisation of attractive, affordable tour packages to attract patronage.
Mr David Nana Anim, President of the Ghana Tourism Federation praised the Minister for her support for and interest in activities of the industry’s private sector.