15 tourism and hospitality industry players in the Central Region have been awarded for their invaluable contribution towards the growth of the industry at the 2019 Central Region Tourism Awards.
The awards ceremony, which was on the theme: “Growing Tourism Beyond the Return” was aimed at
encouraging competitive performance and to raise standards among other tourism
players in the Central Region.
The categories were
hotels, Restaurants, the informal sector, travel services, including
organizations who fulfilled their statutory obligations with distinction.
Mr Akwasi Agyeman,
the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA in a speech read on his behalf indicated
that, the institution of the annual awards had helped recognise deserving
players in the industry, which had over the years put others on their toes to
produce quality service.
He called on all
corporate firms who fell under the GTA to up their game to chalk collective
On the way forward,
he said, the GTA would soon begin a hospitality training to promote quality
customer service delivery and efficiency in their roles.
Arthur II , the Omanhene of Oguaa Traditional Area said tourism remained one of
the major economic players in Ghana and encouraged all and sundry to give it
the needed attention.
He urged all
stakeholders to diligently play their respective roles in the industry and
contribute their quota to make the tourism industry more vibrant and effective
to generate enough revenue for the country.
On the awards,
Almond Tree Guest House in Elmina was adjudged the Budget Hotel in the
Accommodation category, Kokodo Guest House in Cape Coast won the best Guest
House, Golden Hill Parker Hotel received the best one star hotel award with the
two star hotel award going to the Manna Height hotel in Mankessim.
The Ridge Royal
hotel in Cape Coast was adjudged the best three star hotel in the Region.
In the Catering
services category, Becky Kay restaurant in Cape Coast and Dawadawa Bar and
restaurant in Winneba won the best restaurant grade two and three respectively.
Sahara Pub in Cape
Coast emerged the best drinking bar in the informal sector while Eddiesac Car
Rentals received the best in car rental services,
Roam Ghana in Cape
Coast won the best tour operator while the best tour guide went to Mr Michael
Orleans from Touch Light Tours.
Mr Robert Morgan
Mensah received the best site guide award with the Cape Coast Castle receiving
the best visitor attraction site award.
The GTA also awarded
White Sands Beach Resort and Spa at Gomoa Fetteh and the Midway Rest Stop in
Gomoa Bewadze for their consistent payment of its tourism levy.
Six individuals were
given honorary awards for their contribution towards tourism development in the
They included Mr
Daniel Kwarteng of New Timers Hotel, Mr Theophelous Johnson, Magg Mag John
Guest House, Mr Gilbert Quist of Golden Gateway Hotel and Nana Aggrey VIII,
Anomabo Traditional Council.
The rest were Mr
Kweku Baako, TV Africa and Mr Ernest Arthur, the Mayor of Cape Coast.