Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Jan. 19, GNA –
The Ghana Resorts Association (GHA) has honoured President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo for demonstrating visionary and exemplary leadership in declaring
‘The Year of Return’ and ensuing its profitable execution in 2019.
presented a plaque and a citation christened “Significant Contribution Award”
to the President for ensuring that the ‘Year of Return’ initiative impacted
substantially on the tourism and hospitality sector and set the phase for an
accelerated progress of the marketplace.
The citation study,
“For demonstrating strategic foresight in declaring ‘Beyond the Return” to
expand and harness the Ghanaian Diaspora dividend for the financial improvement
of the nation in line with the Ghana Further than Assist policy.
empathetic leadership by promoting domestic tourism for the enlargement of the
tourism and hospitality market place in Ghana”.
The function took spot
at the 4th GHA awards ceremony in Accra to celebrate deserving
hoteliers and personalities who have distinguished themselves in 2019.
The programme was
held underneath the concept: “Reducing Hotel Rates in Ghana: Role of Govt and
Mrs Akosua Frema
Osei-Opare, the Main of Staff members, who obtained the award and in a assertion browse
on behalf of President Akufo-Addo, recommended the Association for the honour
performed him declaring “ I am certainly humbled and quite grateful’.
on September 2018 at the Washington Press Club in the United States proclaimed
2019 as the “Year of Return” which commemorated the 400th anniversary
of the time when the initially 20 West African slaves ended up introduced to the
Commonwealth of Virginia, which subsequently grew to become part of the United States
of The us, thus initiating a single of the most unlucky and barbaric
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
The President stated
2019 was a monumental yr for the tourism business as there was a constant flow
of site visitors, soaring to a crescendo in December 2019.
He claimed all through
the year, organizations throughout the worth chain-airways, lodges, vehicle rentals, and
dining establishments claimed major progress in numbers, introducing that through the
initiative and backed by a strong promoting thrust, the region had noticed a
calendar year-on-12 months enhance in lodge occupancy fee.
Some inns were on
report to have knowledgeable far more than double the occupancy price than they did
the year just before.
To maintain the
fascination and solidify the affect of the ‘Year of Return’, President Akufo-Addo
introduced a further initiative, “Beyond the Return” which is a 10-year programme
that seeks to impact quite a few main parts of the country’s connection with
the diaspora and present small business chances throughout the tourism worth chain.
He reported Ghana was
picked by the African Union to host the Secretariat of the African Continental
Totally free Trade Spot, stressing that the prospect would strengthen the tourism and
hospitality sector tremendously and urged the lodges to optimize the entire benefits
of the initiative.
mentioned the concept underscores the want for a shared responsbility among the
community and non-public sector gamers in purchase to offer with the challenges confronting
“I have questioned
the Madam Barbara Oteng Gyasi, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Society to
fast-monitor the ongoing conversations with the Trade, Industry and Tourism
Sub-Committee of Parliament on the challenges that the multiplicity of
regulatory mandates and charges poses to hoteliers”.
“We ought to all work
alongside one another as a result of engagements to ensure that we hold lodge rates down and
thereby lay a reliable basis for the progress of the Ghanaian vacationer
industry”, he mentioned.