The Ghana Tourist Board (GTB) is sourcing funds to establish a financial institution to revamp the tourism sector such as the construction of more hospitality facilities in the country.
The financial institution would be expected to sustain the tourism industry and facilitate investment drive to boost the economy.
Mr. Edem Kpodo, chairman of the Board of Directors of GTB made the disclosure in an interaction with stakeholders in the hospitality industry at a forum in Ho on Friday.
He pointed out that “the challenges in the hospitality industry were enormous but surmountable and need to improve upon the sector to boost investment drive.”
Professor Nikunu Akyea, a tourist guide, expressed concern about the situation where government institutions, like the Fire Service, Police and Environmental Protection Agency, among others, threaten captains and players in the hospitality industry.
He urged them to adhere strictly to laws and regulations and not delay with threats before enforcing them.
Mr. Julius Debrah, Executive Director, GTB, expressed misgivings about the attitude of some hoteliers in attracting tourists and appealed to them adhere strictly to international standards to sustain and increase tourism in to the country and Mr. Nkunu Akyea, a tourist guide.
Messrs Emmanuel Chance and Nelson Agbevor, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Chances and Stevens Hotels respectively, called for frequent interaction with the Board towards implementation of policies at the regional level to ensure a one stop shop in the industry.