Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), an umbrella body of all private tourism and hospitality associations, has in a press release called on the government to as a matter of priority, improve upon the tourism infrastructure across the country.
According to the Federation, the deplorable nature of some tourist sites across the country would not in anyway deliver the needed external earnings the country is seeking.
We publish below the full release below:
GHANA TOURISM FEDERATION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE ON THE STATE OF TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COUNTRY
The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), is the umbrella body of all private tourism and hospitality associations such as Ghana Hotels Association, Tourism Society of Ghana, Car Rentals, Tour Guides Association, Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Ghana Progressive Union of Ghana, Women in Business and Tourism and Sseveral other associations which have been working tirelessly to improve on service quality of the industry to ensure growth and development.
The federation with sponsorship from BUSAC Fund and its, DANIDA and USAID has observed with keen interest the deplorable nature of some of our tourism infrastructure spread across the country.
Based on this, the federation embarked on a series of stakeholder engagements to understand the dynamics of the situation.
With sponsorship from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Funds and its Development Partners DANIDA and USAID, several engagements were carried out across the country. The federation by this PRESS RELEASE would like to draw government’s attention to some key challenges confronting the sector and would like to call on government to pay attention to the industry particularly:
(I) State of physical and soft infrastructure of the sector,
(II) Inadequate investment in the tourism sector,
(III) Ghana as a high cost destination,
(IV) Poor tourism support services at our sites,
(V) Lack of professionalism and service quality.
Based on the above critical issues the federation is calling on the government and all stakeholders to ensure tourism is well developed to contribute significantly to the growth of the industry and contribute to the economy.
Bella Ayayee Ahu
Source: Kofi Adzivor II ghananewsonline.com.gh