The Dodi Princess Cruise Boat
The Minister for Tourism, Akua Sena Dansua, has assured the Volta River Authority (VRA) of the government’s preparedness to woo foreign investors to partner them to boost tourism on the Volta Lake.
She said her outfit would hold bilateral discussions withSouth African tourism giants on the sidelines of a World Tourism Conference to be held in that country, to consider ways of partnering with the VRA to enhance lake and recreational tourism.
She mentioned in particular the South Africa-based GUMA Company as a company which might show interest in partnering the VRA to procure more pleasure boats, build chalets and invest in the Assembly’s proposed Gulf City project.
Ms Dansua said these here on Monday, when she inspected the Dodi Princess Cruise Boat which was gutted by fire on May 4 resulting in extensive damage to property which could not be immediately quantified.
The Minister, who was accompanied by her Deputy, Baba Jamal, expressed worry about the damage of the facility, the only cruise boat in the country.
She said the destruction was a big blow to the country’s tourism industry but encouraged the VRA to re-strategise as government would provide the necessary support to fully harness the tourism potential of the Volta Lake.
She later toured the Ohemaa LXI vessel, an upper class hospitality yatch, belonging to the VRA designed for conferences and executive meetings for individuals and corporate entities who desire to hold meetings on the lake.
The Chief Executive of VRA, Kweku Andoh Awotwi, said management was making efforts to develop safety procedures of the Authority’s assets to minimise the impact of fire outbreaks.
Consequently, he said, the VRA was to liaise with management of corporate companies around the Akosombo hydroelectric plant such as the Volta Hotel, Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) Limited and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), to develop a safety mechanism against fire outbreaks.
Meanwhile, he said a mini Dodi Princess Boat was to be introduced to replace the old one as efforts were being made to refurbish the burnt one within six to nine months.