By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bolgatanga, Aug 3, GNA – Mr John Adams, the Upper East Regional Principal Marketing Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority has said the region has quality and standard hospitality facilities that meet the demands of the tourism industry.
He said, currently, there were about 134 hospitality units in the region with highly rated hotels, nine luxurious Guest houses and the rest being budget hotels with modern facilities which offer all services and sophistication to individuals, organisations and businesses demands.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, the Principal Marketing Officer indicated that quite a good number of the hotels were making positive strides through improvement of facilities aimed at attaining the status of star rated hotels.
“For a hotel to be a star rated hotel, it must have more rooms and enough space to contain at least 50 cars at a time. It must have well equipped 24 hour restaurant, bar, gym, swimming pool, shop and must have intercommunication facilities.” Mr Adams added.
Mr Adams disclosed that as an authority that ensured that the wellbeing of the general public were catered for especially when they patronised these hospitality facilities, his outfit pays much attention to quality and standard hence does diligent work before awarding the operational license to individuals or organisations to operate hotel business.
For this, he added, “the authority has been collaborating with other state institutions including; the Municipal and District Assemblies especially the Department of Health and Sanitation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Police Service among others to ensure that hotel operators complied with rules and regulations of the authority.”
The Principal Marketing Officer stressed that the authority’s work is to encourage more people to go into the tourism industry which would automatically translate into the creation of employment avenues and socio-economic development.
He therefore appealed to the media in the region to use their wider coverage and influence to project and market the beautiful tourist attractions and scenes in the region to the outside regions and the world at large to increase patronage, especially encouraging local tourism.