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"Stay away from unlicensed tourist facilities"- GTB cautions
Kumasi, Oct. 1, GNA- Mr. Ekow Sampson, Ashanti Regional Chief Architect and acting Manager of the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), has cautioned the public against patronizing tourist facilities that had not been licensed.
"Those who patronize unlicensed tourist facilities, especially hotels and restaurants do so at their own risk, since the GTB cannot guarantee their safety", he said.
Mr. Samson was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi at the weekend, after the GTB had closed down the Ashanti Paradise and Hotels for operating without license.
This brings to eleven the number of unlicensed tourist facilities so far closed down since the GTB commenced an intensive exercise last week to rid the Kumasi Metropolis of sub-standard hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities.
The Regional Chief Architect was not happy that most of the tourist facilities that are springing up fast in the Metropolis were operating without licenses and said this was inimical to the growth of the tourism industry.
He said some of these facilities operated under unhygienic conditions whiles others engaged in dubious deals and practices, putting the lives and safety of their clients in danger.
Mr. Sampson urged the citizenry not to hesitate to quit hotels and restaurants that do not display the GTB license at their premise, saying that, such facilities were either operating illegally or below standard. He was hopeful that the intensive exercise being embarked on by the GTB would help rid the metropolis of such facilities, which did not meet the operational standards and requirements to retain the country's image.
GTB will ensure quality service in hotels
Accra, Sept. 21, GNA -
Mr Charles Osei-Bonsu, Deputy Executive Director in-charge of Finance and Administration at the Ghana Tourist Board, on Friday said the Board would start monitoring activities of hotel operators to ensure high standards and quality service.
He said staff of the board would pay unannounced visits to hotels and other hospitality facilities to assess if they were operating according to standards.
Where the operators were not doing well, GTB would invite them and advise them accordingly, Mr Osei-Bonsu said at the end of a three-day training programme organized by the Board for hotel managers with support from the International Finance Corporation to build and enhance their capacities.
"We will also bridge the communication gap between the GTB and hotel operators by occasionally sending information about arrivals, tourists' comments and many others to enable operators to know what was happening in the industry at any point in time."
Mr Osei Bonsu noted that hotel management was about practice, competency and skills saying
"theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind".
He said the tourism industry in Ghana was growing in an environment where there was peace, democracy and stable government and urged them not to take things for granted.
Mrs Stella Appenteng, President of the Ghana Tourism Federation, stressed the need for the participants to put into practice what had been taught.
She reminded them of the CAN 2008 football event and urged them to prepare for it since it was a tourism event. Mr George Amedzi, the class prefect, said the training had been successful.
The 28 participants were educated on "Facility Management", "Having a Positive Attitude Towards Work", "Basic Accounting", "Front Office", "Food and Beverage" and
"Housekeeping". Source: GNA
80,604 Women in Ashanti Employed in the Tourism sector
Kumasi, Sept 21, GNA -
Mr Ekwow Sampson, acting Ashanti Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), has said 80,604 women were employed in the tourism sector in the region last year.
He said the figure represented 44 per cent of the total that stands at 497,129 people employed in the sector nationwide within the same period.
He said women who were employed engaged mostly in the arts, craft, and hotel and catering sectors of the tourism industry.
Mr. Sampson was speaking at a symposium organized by the GTB for identifiable women groups in the region in Kumasi on Thursday. The event formed part of activities marking this year's Tourism Day held on the theme, "Tourism opens doors for women"
He said it was heart warming that most women were getting employed in the tourism sector and that last year's figure showed a significant increase over almost the 75,000 women employed in the sector in 2005.
He appealed to the banks and other financial institutions to support women entrepreneurs in the tourism industry.
Mr. Samuel Adjei, Director for the Centre for National culture (CNC) in Kumasi, urged women entrepreneurs to continually upgrade their knowledge to boost their contribution to the development of tourism. Source: GNA