Rashid Mbugri, GNA,
Tamale, Feb. 29, GNA
– The Ghana News Agency (GNA) for the second time has been adjudged Tourism
Oriented Media-Online organization at the Northern Regional Tourism Awards
In addition to the
institutional award, Ms Comfort Sena Fetrie, a Senior Reporter at the Northern
Regional Office of the GNA was also adjudged the Toursim Writer of the Year
2019 for her outstanding efforts in reporting and projecting tourism and the
hospitality industry in the region.
The ceremony was
organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).
The Agency received
similar award in 2018, in recognition for accurate reporting and promotion of
tourism and tourism related issues in the Northern Region.
The event, held in
Tamale was on the theme: “Growing Tourism Beyond the Return”.
It was to recognize
and reward tourism players and operators in the region for their efforts in
promoting the tourism sector.
Besides the GNA, the
Business and Financial Times (BFT) and Bishara Radio were adjudged Toursim
Oriented Media of the year for 2019 for Print and Radio categories respectively
while the Northern Television (NTV) was adjudged Tourism Oriented Media of the
year 2019 for the Television category.
A number of tourism
and hospitality actors and operators in the region were also honoured,
including hotels and guest houses, entertainment and movies, national parks,
restaurants, tourism clubs, individuals among others,
Regal Hotel, was
adjudged two-star hotel of the year 2019, while Radach Lodge and Conference
Centre was adjudged the Toursim Friendly Event Centre of the year 2019 among
In the entertainment
and movie category, Mr Sherif Abdul Majeed, known by his stage name as Maccasio
was also adjudged the Tourism Friendly Artist of the year 2019 and Mr Loya
Gba-anli, a local movie actor (Dagbani) was adjudged Tourism Friendly Actor of
the year 2019.
Mr Akwasi Agyeman,
the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA in a speech read on his behalf said the
theme of the event had come at the rights time when the tourism industry
players must grow beyond their boundaries by improving on their standards and
quality service delivery to attract more tourists and generate more revenue.
He acknowledged the
GTA’s successful contribution to the just ended “Year of Return” and
its gains and indicated that the authority’s creation of the “Beyond the
Return” focusing on the year 2020 and beyond in order to sustain the
momentum of the gains achieved in 2019.
He said the
authority was, however, confronted with challenges of illegal operators and
urged prospective operators to regularize their operations by getting in touch
with the regional offices of the GTA.
Ismael, Northern Regional Manager of GTA said last year the tourism sector in
the region made some improvement and added that about 40 new tourism and
hospitality avenues including 14 hotels and guest houses, 14 hostels, 14 travel
agencies, and numerous drinking bars and chop bars among others were
He explained that
according to the Tourism calendar, next month (March) would be a month of
“Wear Ghana” and urged members of the public to ensure that they wear
the Northern smocks on every Friday to mark the event.
Alhaji Ismael, said
issues such as street begging and the establishment of facilities such as
brothels in the regions affected tourist attractions and the GTA frowned on
He called on
residents to work assiduously for peace, unity and development in order to make
tourism very attractive in the region.
Mr Salifu Saeed, the
Northern Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf said the region was a
center of culture and tourism and challenged the award winners and members of
the public to do more to help improve on both sectors.