More than 30 hotels, hostels and lodges closed down in Eastern Region.

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The Ghana Tourism Authority has closed down 31 hospitality facilities in the Eastern region.

These facilities, hotels, lodges and hostels in the capital, Koforidua as well as other towns in the region, were operating without valid licenses, according to the Authority.

Three teams comprising the National and Regional Enforcement Task Force from the Authority, aided by officers from the Regional Police Command, were deployed to different parts of the region for the exercise.

The Authority in a statement copied to Joy News said “as a regulator of a service industry that is aimed at projecting the image of the country in a positive light, it is important to maintain and instill sanity in the industry by ensuring that operators comply with the rules, standards and laws that govern it whiles potential operators also meet all legal requirements to be able to practice.

“Service delivery and safety of patrons to these tourism facilities cannot be taken for granted,” the statement.

Below is a full copy of the statement:

UPDATE ON 2019 ENFORCEMENT EXERCISE – EASTERN REGION

The Ghana Tourism Authority is authorized and entrusted to register and licence every tourism business and hospitality facility in Ghana by Tourism Act (817) and its relevant Legislative Instruments L.I. 2238 TOURISM REGULATIONS, 2016 (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF FOOD, BEVERAGE AND ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISE) and L.I. 2239 TOURISM REGULATIONS 2016 (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION ENTERPRISE). This ACT also spells out the function and role of the Authority as a regulatory body which includes but not limited to the inspection and classification of all tourism and hospitality enterprises.

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As a regulator of a service industry that is aimed at projecting the image of the country in a positive light, it is important to maintain and instill sanity in the industry by ensuring that operators comply with the rules, standards and laws that govern it whiles potential operators also meet all legal requirements to be able to practice.

Service delivery and safety of patrons to these tourism facilities cannot be taken for granted thus the Ghana Tourism Authority with strict adherence to its mandate and responsibility to maintain standards in compliance with ACT 817, has embarked on an Enforcement Exercise to clamp down on all illegally operating facilities across the Region. Physical closure of all identified Accommodation and Catering establishments that are operating without a Valid Operational License issued by the Ghana Tourism Authority was carried out without fear or favor.

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The exercise was carried out over a span of three days from the 25th June 2019 to 27th June 2019. Three teams comprising of both the National and Regional Enforcement Task Force from the Authority aided by very professional officers from the Regional police command were deployed to different parts of the region for the exercise.

By the close of business on Thursday 27th June 2019, a total number of thirty-one (31) facilities have been visited by the team for physical closure, and are listed below:

Name of unit Location

1 Lambert Court Hostel – Brekusu

2 Ceewus Hostel – Brekusu

3 Madiba Hostel – Captain Atuobi Junct. Koforidua

4 Greater Grace Guest House – Kwabeng

5 Reggie Boat Hotel – Osabene Koforidua

6 Elite Hostel – Koforidua

7 Hostel 99 – Rastadown, Koforidua

8 Quest Lodge & Hostel – Brekusu

9 Cozy View Hotel – Kyebi
10 Riches of Glory Guest House – Kyekyewere

11 Star Gate Hotel – Kwahu Nteso

12 Soul Restaurant – Kyebi

13 Bodua Corner – Apirede

14 Hosannah Hostel – Brekusu

15 Supreme Hostel – Koforidua

16 Frontline Hostel – Koforidua

17 Royal Gate Guest House – Nankese

18 Mebendesly Lodge – Begoro

19 Royal Asaase Hotel – Asesewa

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20 Shai Hills Hotel – Ogorme, Somanya
21 FT Lodge – Klo Agogo, Boti Falls

22 American Guest House – Asuotwene, Adeiso

23 Eno Agyeiwaa Guest House – Asuotwene, Adeiso

24 Lavco Guest House – Nsawam

25 Graceland Luxury Guest House – Akim Oda

26 Macdorini Guest House – Pankese

27. 7 Souls Hotel – Akim Oda

28. Royal Masters Lodge – Akim Oda

29 Omama Hotel – Asuom

30 Amadu Guest House – Akoase

31 Dady’s Motel – Nkawkaw

However, immediately after their closure, some units such as, Reggie Boat Hotel, Koforidua; Cozy View Hotel, Kyebi; Soul Restaurant, Kyebi; Richies of Glory Guest House, Kyekyewere; Supreme Hostel – Koforidua and Mebendesly Lodge- Begoro quickly visited the office of the Authority in Koforidua, paid the necessary stipulated fees and are currently going through the documentary process of regularizing their operations.

The Regional Taskforce will sustain the enforcement exercise throughout the year to weed out all illegally operating tourism and hospitality facilities in the region. Beyond the fact that, operating a hospitality facility without a valid operational license issued by the Ghana Tourism Authority is an act of illegality, it also bothers on issues of compromising on standards of

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