New Times Corporation, publishers of The Ghanaian Times and The Spectator, has been adjudged the Best tourism-oriented print media at the 10th Eastern Regional Tourism Awards held at Senchi, in the Asuogyaman District last Saturday.
Also honoured was the corporation’s Eastern Regional photographer, Samuel Opare-Lartey, who was adjudged the Best Regional Tourism Correspondent.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s GTV, Sunrise FM and its correspondent, Kwamena Onuma, also took the Best Tourism Media-oriented in TV, Radio and Best Correspondent in Electronic Awards.
In the hospitality category, the Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort took the Best Four Star Hotel of the year, the Royal Mac Dic Plaza in Koforidua took the three star hotel, Mount Pleasant Inns and Apartment at Obosomase got the two star hotel, the VVIP Lodge at Akropong won the one star hotel and Linda D’or Bunsu Junction won the best rest top of the year.
Other winners were Jay’s Lodge eco-tourism, Kingdom Venture corporate( Boti Falls) support for tourism development of the year, Volta Star Hotel consistent payment of one per cent levy, Royal Lee’s Hotel, newcomer of the year, Joefel Catering Service, best practice in food safety and the Lodge Haven at Peduase got the drinking bar of the year.
The Eastern Regional manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Fredrick Adjei Rudolph revealed that the region had experienced a 20 per cent growth in the hospitality industry for the last two years with 361 licensed hospitality facilities comprising of 239 budget hotels, 19 guest houses, 45 one star hotels, 23 two star hotels, six in the 3 Star category and two in the four Star category.
He said that Eastern Region is the only region with a purpose built highway rest stop in the entire country.
Mr. Adjei-Rudolph indicated that the tremendous growth must be accompanied with a commensurate improvement in quantity service delivery, customer care, customer satisfaction and improved quality of facilities.
He said the tourism and hospitality industry in the region could survive through quality service delivery.
The Paramount Chief of Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, said tourist sites in Ghana could become a support economic growth.
According to him, the country is blessed with many tourist attractions and the behooves on its leader to brand it looks more attractive, adding that the chiefs and people of Akwanuman were ready to accept investors who would want to partner the traditional council to develop such tourist potentials in the area.
From: David Kodjo, Senchi.