Patrons who lodge at various hotels across the country have been advised to treat such facilities as their own to ensure their life-span.
“Some take along towels and other items that are used to beautify the rooms when they check out of a hotel, and that does not augur well for the hospitality industry,” Mr. Kwame Gyasi, Central Regional Head of the Ministry for Tourism, Arts and Culture, noted.
Mr. Gyasi was speaking at the official opening of Royal Ridge Hotel at Cape Coast in the Central Region.
He noted that: “Ridge Royal Hotel is being launched at a historic time in the ‘Year of Return’, when we are expecting our brothers and sisters of the African family to return to Ghana, unite with us and develop their roots. This indicates that there are strategic preparations ongoing in the hospitality industry to help welcome our brothers and sisters, and to make them feel comfortable at home”.
Also, he stated that: “The existence of Ridge Royal Hotel is an assurance of comfortability and the luxury everyone one would love to experience away from home whether on a business assignment or for a vacation”.
“We expect you to attract meetings, conferences among others and be the hub of exhibition; we are enthused about how the hotel will boost the economy of this region and the country as a whole” he said.
He urged management and staff of the hotel to be aggressive in social marketing to attract a lot of people to the hotel.
Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang, Director General of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), added that “this investment will add to tourism asset and boost growth in the hospitality industry”.
He pointed out that SSNIT has invested in this project; “every money that we have invested in this hotel, we are going to get it back to the owners”.
“We have invested over 1.5 million SSNIT contributors as well as over 2,000 pensioners’ money in this project, we hope to find this hotel impeccable in the next 10 years” he added.
“I will urge the board of the hotel to put up proper governance structures for us to get the returns that we need; all interested parties should come together for a common goal so development can thrive,” he said.
He advised management to practice international standards and implement strategies to make the hotel a choice destination for a lot of people.
Dr. Tenkorang noted that, “Ridge Royal seeks to contribute effectively to Ghana’s tourism industry. This is why the hotel has expanded its services which seek to cater for all, including the Physically Challenged. Ridge Royal Hotel brings into the industry exceptionally luxurious services that will make Ghanaians and tourists enjoy their stay here in the region and in the country”.
Mr. Ernest Asamoah, Board Chairman of Ridge Royal Hotel said: “Our mission is to enhance the lives of our guests, associates, stakeholders and the community by creating an enabling, unsurpassed conference, leisure and vacation experience”.
He added: “We are very excited about this year’s Heritage Month celebrations, especially as we find ourselves in one of the key eras in the history of the country. “With this year dubbed the ‘Year of Return’, to mark 400 years since initiation of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, we have put together strategies to ensure that our operations will run smoothly to accommodate and ensure a good stay for tourists. I must say, we are more than prepared to support all activities planned to commemorate the month. We therefore encourage our brothers and sisters of the African family to return home to invest and help develop their roots.
“This is a three-star hotel with 60 standard rooms (single and double), five presidential suites, 10 standard chalets, and three executive rooms as well as one for the physically-challenged. We have offered employment opportunities for 89 people, including seven managers” he added.
History of Ridge Royal Hotel
The story of Ridge Royal Hotel goes beyond two and a half decades, starting in the late 1990s when the facility – then known as the Cape Coast Catering Rest House – was offered for sale under government’s divestiture programme.
The Catering Rest House, situated on a portion of over five acres of land on Second Ridge, included nine single-bedroom chalets and an executive suite for guests; an administrative block, reception; and a kitchen with an adjoining restaurant. Royal palm trees stood on both sides of the walkway leading to the chalets, creating a serene natural setting that we have sought to maintain.
It is from this setting that the name ‘Ridge Royal Hotel’ was adopted for the modern and expansion.