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Ridge Royal Hotel (RRH), a three star hotel located in the Central Region has officially launched its hospitality services with a pledge to contribute to the growth of Ghana’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Ridge Royal, formerly known as the Cape Coast Rest House has been in existence for over two and a half decades now, and shares in the history of the people of Cape Coast. The Catering Rest House was built during the colonial days as a guest house for traveling government officials on assignment around Cape Coast as well as to serve as a place of relaxation for the general public.
It is reported that the Queen of England spent a night on the said premises during her visit to Ghana in 1961.
Addressing the gathering at a short but colourful ceremony to launch the facility, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the facility, Ernest Asamoah, also known as Nana Appeanin Kwaframoa II, Krontihene of Akyem Awisa, noted that the mission of the facility was to enhance the lives of their “guests , associate stakeholders and the community by creating an enabling unsurpassed conference, leisure and vacation experience.”
He expressed the board of directors’ joy at this years Heritage month celebrations, saying, especially as they found themselves in one of the key regions in the history of the country.
The Heritage Month is the event to mark the 400 years of the abolition of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and dubbed “Year of Return”. This, Asamoah said, the management had put together strategies to ensure that their operations run smoothly to accommodate and ensure good stay for tourists. He moreover announced their preparedness to support all activities planned to commemorate the month.
Dr John Ofori Tenkorang, the Director General of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), in his address mentioned that SSNIT had over the years invested heavily into the hospitality industry of which RRH being the latest.
According to him, the RRH had expanded its services in order to contribute effectively to Ghana’s tourism industry.
He then called on the management board of the facility to put up proper corporate governance structures which require that professionals and experts were appointed and employed at every level of the organisation.
Mr Tenkorang further charged them to maintain the facility in order for it to serve its purpose saying, ” a key challenge that has confronted a lot of investments in this industry is the lack of maintenance. We should find this hotel in this same impeccable state in the next ten years and beyond. If you fail to manage and maintain this facility properly, it will not only be a setback to the Trust, but to the over 1.5million contributors and pensioners all over the country who count on our ability to take prudent investment decisions, which inure to their benefit.”
For his part, the Central Regional head of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Art Industry, Kwame Gyasi, described the inception of RRH as a major contribution to government’s determination to effectively promote the hospitality industry, saying, the facility would not only serve the accommodation and leisure needs of tourists and organizations but would also create job opportunities for Ghanaians and moreover add to government’s revenue through income taxes that will be paid.
The event was chaired by the Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II and was graced by among other dignitaries, ACFO Fanny Simpson, the Central Regional Fire Commander
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || Ahomka FM, ghananewsonline.com.gh