Hotels in Ghana will be deliberating on pragmatic ways to create more jobs for the youth to sustain the future of the sector at the 10th biannual conference which kicks off today in Winneba.
Players in the sector are worried about the poor training of human resources which they fear can adversely affect the fortunes of the sector if not addressed early.
The conference aims to shape the focus of all hotels in the country for the next two years by coming up with measures to make the sector attract graduates from second cycle schools.
President of the Ghana Hotel Association, Dr. Edward Ackah-Nyameke told the B&FT that the Chairperson of the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools in Africa, Dr. Joseph Mensah Ansah will guide the Association to come up with a clear action plan for the next two years.
“We want to continue playing a critical role in the economy. For the next two years, one of the ways we want to give back is to properly train as many young people as we can and employ them. We want people to see the hotelier business as a carrier and not a place to while away time and look for a better job. The sector pays well and will pay people who are well qualified for the job better.
As we speak, the five-star hotels are struggling to keep their staff. Almost everyone is out to get a staff from another. This means that better conditions of service will be available to them. We want this to trickle down to budget hotels and this can only happen if the human resources are well trained,” Dr. Ackah-Nyameke said.
The 10th biannual conference of the Ghana Hotels Association will also be amending its constitution which has not seen any change for over 10 years.
These changes are expected to inject some new energy into the sector and enhance the operations of the Association.
There will also be a proposal to amend the dues paid by members to help shore up the coffers of the Association and aid a smooth running of all activities.