GTA shuts down 21 hospitality facilities in B/A

August 30, 2017
Source: Edward Adjei Frimpong l thebftonline l Ghana
GTA shuts down 21 hospitality facilities in B/A

 

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has closed down 21 hospitality facilities in the Brong Ahafo Region for varied offences against regulatory laws of the industry.

The move aimed at sanitizing the hospitality sector of illegal actors whose operations could derail the quest to harness the rich potential of the tourism industry in the country. The affected facilities were indicted for non-registration with the Authority, possession of invalid operation licenses, and substandard service delivery.

Some of the sanctioned facilities are Money Goes Hotel at Fiapre, Stamford Bridge Nite Club in Sunyani, Nass Lodge-Sunyani, Obuor Guest House-Chiraa, Nana’s Lodge-Yawhima, Magnet Travel & Tour-Sunyani, and Atrose Guest House-Kwameseikrom.

The Acting Brong Ahafo Regional Manager of GTA, Joseph Appiagyei disclosed this to the media. He said the Authority closed down the affected facilities during a distress action, explaining that the exercise is conducted every year to weed out illegal operators.

“During the joint action with the Police, the Authority did not only close some facilities but we also cautioned others to rectify the minor anomalies as soon as practicable or face severe sanctions. We got to know that some of the operators, especially those in remote areas were ignorant about registering with the  GTA; others had failed to submit the relevant documents to us for regularization.

“At some of the facilities, there were no security guards, no receptionists and cleaners. At a point in time, the team had to order a client to checkout of a facility. The conditions at some of these facilities were very appalling,” he said.

Mr. Appiagyei therefore advised the public not to patronize substandard facilities that cannot guarantee quality service delivery and their safety. He urged all not to hesitate to give tipoffs to the Authority for immediate action when they get wind of an operational irregularity.