Managements of hotels and restaurants have been advised to desist from using children to provide services to their clients.
They have also been cautioned to ensure that they observe good hygiene practices, serve wholesome meals, improve safety and security at their locations and also engage in innovative activities to attract more clients.
These advice were given by various speakers at the second edition of the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) awards aimed at celebrating and awarding deserving tourism and allied industry practitioners for their contributions to the growth of the tourism sector.
The theme for the event, which attracted stakeholders from various parts of the region, was ‘Rewarding good practice in tourism’.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Tema Municipal Chief Executive for Tema, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, said it was important that persons in the hospitality industry work hard to stand out among their peers and congratulated the award winners on their achievement.
Mrs. Bridgette Katsriku, who was the Guest of Honour for the event, lauded the GTA for taking the initiative to reward deserving individuals and corporate bodies, to promote tourism standard in the region and emphasized the need for the award winners to work harder to win national awards.
She expressed her displeasure on the poor standard of facilities and services rendered by some hotel owners and asked them to have a change of attitude since their poor services would go a long way to affect the nation’s tourism sector while advocating for professional training of staff to enhance their work.
The acting Executive Director for the GTA, Mr. Charles Osei-Bonsu, commended the jury for selecting best the winners.
He congratulated the winners and advised those who could not make it to work on their defects, limitations and short comings during the inspection to enable them win subsequent awards.
The Regional Manager for the Tema GTA, Mr. Gameli Dzordzorme, observed that some facilities did not have signage to their places, had poor drainage and unhygienic kitchens, aside poor service provision and safety and security considerations which disqualified them.
The Paramount Chief for Tema, Nii Adjei Kraku II, in a message delivered on his behalf, applauded the award winners and encouraged them to use their various platforms to promote themselves and tourism in the country.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema