Players in the tourism and hospitality industry in Ghana are vehemently calling on the government to reduce the financial obligation charged them in form of levies, fees and taxes.
These exclude Electricity tariff from the Electricity Company of Ghana and Water tariff from the Ghana Water Company Limited, among others.
Hotel owners alarmed that the industry may soon collapse if the government does not intervene to mitigate the over 20 financial obligations Hotel owners have to pay to government organizations and agencies.
“As hotels, we use water and electricity commercially the current situation where over a two-year period we have suffered more than 200% increment has not helped because most hotels are in crises because utilities form already over 45% of their cost of operation,” one hotel manager stated in an interview.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director for Jumia Travel West Africa, a leading online travel agent has observed that the taxes are too high for a sector like the tourism industry.
“It should be lowered for the businesses because we are forced to charge high prices when providing services whether in a hotel or others in the tourism industry. So I think it is something that should be looked at,” Mr. Kushal Dutta said at the maiden Citi FM’s Business Festival Akwaaba Forum in Accra.
Jumia Travel West Africa recently released a report dubbed ‘Hospitality Report’, which focused on the domestic tourism industry in Ghana.