Ho attracting tourism investments

•   The Volta Serene Hotel.  (INSET):  President Mahama unveiling the plaque.      Photo: Alberto Mario Noretti

• The Volta Serene Hotel. (INSET): President Mahama unveiling the plaque. Photo: Alberto Mario Noretti

The Ho municipality is known for its scenic beauty, with its location between the Kabakaba Hill in the north and the Adaklu mountains in the south.

Apart from that, its proximity to various places of interest in the Volta Region, such as water falls, ancient caves, thick forests and outstanding mountain peaks, in addition to rich cultural celebrations and festivals enhances its status as an ideal centre for the hospitality industry’s operations.

In recognition of the area’s vast potential in the hospitality business, the last two decades saw decisive moves by investors to set up imposing hotels in the regional capital and in recent time the trend took the form of proliferation of hotels at vantage points in the municipality.

There are presently 27 licensed hotels in the Ho municipality while 23 more are springing up.

Meanwhile, there are more than more than 100 restaurants and chop bars and fast food joints in the area whose annual yam festival celebration attracts thousands of people, not only from Ghana, but also from Togo, Benin, Nigeria and the diaspora who make good use of the hotels and food spots.

Although the hotel business in general is nothing new in Ho, the classy ones which now come with various ultra-modern facilities and innovative services are indeed phenomenal, and captivating to locals and visitors from far and near.

One of such majestic structures is the Volta Serene Hotel, on the Kabakaba Hill.

The 72-room hotel with 50 deluxe and chalets of various sizes is a member of the First Sky Group.  By its location, it offers clients a panoramic view of Ho and beyond.

In the words of President John Dramani Mahama who commissioned it almost a fortnight ago, the grandiose facility had further enhanced the status of Ho in the hospitality and tourism industry, apart from creating jobs for many.

He urged other investors to follow suit and take such bold decisions and set up points of operation in the regions to tap the massive treasures available outside the national capital.

Such moves would also help to decongest and reduce the stress in the national capital, the President added.

Conducting President Mahama round the grandiose hotel, the Chairman of the First Sky Group, Mr Eric S. Kutortse, affirmed the Volta Serene hotel’s firm stance to open up the region to international business activities.

With two conference halls, an executive meeting room, night clubs, pool side, a roof top bar and restaurant serving local and continental dishes, the hotel is also poised to open a shop, clinic and a gym and fitness centre.

“Our vision goes far beyond the Volta Region”, said Mr. Steve Adu Armah, the General Manger of the hotel.

He said that the presence of two universities in Ho and a polytechnic offers a huge impetus to the tourism industry, as resident and visiting lectures, students and various programmes by those institutions will require the services of hotels.

“This is an opportunity to open up the region to international conferences and take advantage of the businesses available from the diverse nature of the Volta Region”, added the general manager.

In an innovative move to promote tourism in the region, Mr Armah said that clients who spent a few nights in the hotel would have free offers to visit selected leisure sites.

According to Mr Armah, the First Sky Group has a medium term plan to replicate the facility in other regions as well.

Meanwhile, Madam Joyce Gawu, Chief Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, said that hotel business in Ho is a worthy investment because the future of the tourism business is so bright that one will need a pair of sun-glasses to look through it.

From Alberto Mario Noretti,Ho

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