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HOSPITALITY: Government To Disburse Stimulus Package To Cushion Industry Players

HOSPITALITY: Government To Disburse Stimulus Package To Cushion Industry Players

The Government of Ghana has announced a stimulus package to cushion businesses in the sector at the recently held 13th Ghana Tourism Awards.

The wards which took place on November 6, 2020 at the National Theatre was organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority to celebrate and honour deserving industry players.

 

As the fourth highest contributor to GDP in revenue in 2019, the industry which saw a greater boost with the climax of The Year of Return programme, with an 18% growth above global average has been badly hit by Covid-19 this year; with the closure of national borders to tourist and domestic lockdowns. This has necessitated Government’s decision to cushion the industry.

 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the sector minister, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi in her address outlined a number of measures including the disbursement of stimulus packages that are being rolled out. Among others, the package includes 6billion for the bigger businesses and 39million Ghana Cedis to be disbursed to small businesses in the sector; of which 38, 148 applications have been received.

 

She was positive that these measures will revitalize the industry and sustain businesses, while appealing to them to be innovative, especially during this time of  pandemic to ensure a repeat visit from their clients.

 

The national tourism awards which was celebrated under the theme; ‘Growing Tourism Beyond the Return, Beyond Covid-19’, had 32 competitive award categories and 11 honorary awards for distinguished individuals and entities whose contributions to the growth of tourism in 2019 were outstanding.

 

The colorful event was graced by the Chief of Staff of the Republic - Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare, Daasebre Anyimadu Katamanto II (Kwabenghene/Okyeman Gyaasehene), Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi (Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture), Hon. Dr. Ziblim Barri Iddi (Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture), Mr. Akwasi Agyeman (CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority) among others.

Below is the full list of the categories and awardees;

 

 

 

Accommodation

5 Star – Kempinski Hotel (Gold Coast City), Accra

4 Star – Tang Palace Hotel, Accra

3 Star – Aqua Safari Resort, Ada

2 Star – Grace Garden Hotel, Takoradi

1 Star – Asantewaa Premier Hotel, Kumasi

Guest House – West Wing Guest House, Spintex

Budget Hotel – Almond Tree Guest House, Elmina

Serviced Apartments – Red Mango, Takoradi

Hostel – Banvillas Hostel, Kentinkrono

Consistent Payment of Tourism Levy - White Sands Beach Resort & Spa (Accommodation)

 

Food & Beverage & Entertainment

Restaurant Grade 1 – Azmera Restaurant, Roman Ridge

Restaurant Grade 2 – Buka Restaurant, Osu

Restaurant Grade 3 – Hot Ernesto Restaurant, Takoradi

Fast Food – Papaye, Spintex Road

Airline Catering Services – Servair, Airport

Drinking Bar – Treasures Pub, Haatso

Traditional Catering – Agbenorxevi Chop Bar, Ho

Night Club/Pub – Crescendo Lounge & Pub, Labone

Consistent Payment of Tourism Levy – Moti Mahal Restaurant, Asokwa (Food & Beverage)

 

Travel Trade

Tour Operator – Landtours Ghana Limited, Accra

Travel Agent – Satguru Travels, Osu

Car Rentals – Atlas Rent-A-Car, Dansoman

Airline of The Year – Air France – KLM

Site Guide – Robert Morgan Mensah – Cape Coast Castle

Tour Guide – Yao Dzide, Accra

Visitor Attraction – Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast

 

Media

Tourism Writer of The Year – Samuel Obeng-Appah, Voyage Afriq

Tourism Broadcast Programme – UTV Heritage Ghana, UTV

Tourism Oriented Media (Television) – TV3

Tourism Oriented Media (Radio) – Okay FM

Tourism Oriented Media (Print) – The Mirror

Tourism Oriented Media (Online) – Voyage Afriq

 

Honorary Awards

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II – Paramount Chief, Oguaa Traditional Area

Nana Kodwo Kondua VI – Paramount Chief, Edina Traditional Area

Kofi Akpabli – Tourism/Travel Writer

Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah – Mayor of Accra

Miss Delphine Brew-Hammond – Miss Tourism Ghana

Sunseekers Travel & Tours

The Adinkra Group, Washington DC

Panafest Foundation – Cape Coast

Diaspora Affairs, Office of The President

Media Majique and Research Systems, Accra

Kids in Tourism

 

Source: Frederick Polukuu (Real Esatate Times Africa)

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