The Ghana Hotel Association (GHA) has appealed to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to support the hospitality industry with the GHC 50 million World Bank funded Tourism Development Project.
The ministry has secured support from the World Bank to develop the tourism and hospitality industry, which has faced problems with canceled reservations, low occupancy and staff payment caused by COVID-19.
Dr. Edward Ackah-Nyamike Jnr., Chairman of the Ghana Hotel Association, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, during the 5th Ghana Hotels Association Awards 2021, this weekend, said that the actors industry would need the fund to reposition their businesses, saying, the “devastating effects of COVID-19 persist.”
“I hope they can use some of the money from the World Bank Tourism Development Project to support the sector, we have sent them a proposal…”
He said that although the sector had benefited from promotion, publicity and training, it needed direct support such as concessional loans to revive viable but struggling businesses which were struggling to access money from the loan market.
The President said that while funds have been given to industry players under the Ghc 600 million support from the Ghana Enterprise Agency (GEA), little money has been given to tourism and tourism entrepreneurs. hotel.
The 2021 awards had 28 winners chosen from “Budget Hotels” to “Five Star Hotels”, under the theme “Resilience and Sustainability of the Hospitality Industry in Ghana”.
New awards such as “most digitized” and “most resilient” hotels of the year have been introduced.
Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the World Bank project will help revive domestic tourism, make the hospitality industry vibrant and profitable.
He said the ministry, in partnership with a foundation in Spain, would this year provide training to industry members to equip them with the best skills and customer service standards in the competitive global marketplace.