22 hotels, guest houses shut down in Eastern Region

Catherine Ablema Afeku - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts

Catherine Ablema Afeku – Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts

Twenty-two hotels and guest houses in the Eastern Region have been shut down by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) for operating illegally.

Some of the affected hotels do not have valid licences, while others have not been registered with the Authority.

They were closed at the weekend in an exercise by the GTA to clamp down on illegal hospitality facilities.

They are New Day Hotel, Oparebea Guesthouse, Awo Denkyira Hotel, Ansah Hotel, Jewel Royal, On Hospitality, Lalobi Guesthouse, Sabato Hotel, Omama Hotel, Ofie Ne Fie and Homeita Guesthouse.

 

The others include Owusu Memorial, Balmes Hotel, Nanom Hotel, Ekus Royal, Spino Lodge, Translink Hotel, Homebread Hotel, Akua Nyame Hotel, Nene Peteku Hotel, De-Kay Hotel and Rehoboch Hotel.

Located in Koforidua, Aburi, Adukrom, Nsawam, Akim Oda, Akwamufie, Tafo, Osiem, Somanya and Kpong, the hotels and guesthouses were operating in contravention of Tourism Act 2011 (817), and have operated illegally without valid licence with some not registered by the Ghana Tourism Authority, hence the closure.

Mr Frederick Adjei-Rudolph, Eastern Regional Manager of the GTA told the Ghanaian Times during the enforcement operation that the exercise was necessitated to check the increasing number of hospitality facilities operating in the region without the requisite licence.

“These facilities have been operating illegally without licence and some have not been registered at all,” he said, describing the situation as “very worrying.”

According to him, the law required that all facilities have to acquire a valid renewable licence that would give them the mandate to operate.

“We are enforcing closure on those that we have identified and we would hand over their keys to the regional police command until they go through the registration processes after which inspections will be carried out to ensure they meet the standards before they are given the licence.”

Mr Rudolph revealed that some of the hotels and guesthouses had lower standard facilities and hence were providing substandard services to their customers.

According to him, the owners of the facilities ignored notices and warnings issued to them by the GTA to comply with the registration regulations.

He advised customers who patronise hospitality facilities to always check to ensure that the  facilities have valid licences.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

 

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