Eight hospitality facilities in the Techiman municipality in Brong Ahafo have been operating without licences from the Ghana Tourist Board.
They are Temple Guest House, J. O. Christ, Atomic Paradise, Great Abrafi, Atomic Paradise (annex), Luna Lodge, Philmod Hospitality Inn and Travellers Court.
Five of them namely Temple Guest House, J. O. Christ, Atomic Paradise (annex), Philmod Hospitality Inn and Travellers Court were also found operating without VAT registration certificates and invoices.
Temple Guest House and Philmod Hospitality Inn were operating with unqualified managers.
This came to light during an inspection and educational exercise embarked upon by the Brong Ahafo regional directorate of the Ghana Hotels Association in collaboration with VAT Service and Traditional Caterers Association.
Mr Philip Kofi Ntiamoah, Brong Ahafo regional chairman of Ghana Hotels Association asked the affected facilities to take measures and rectify the situation.
He charged proprietors to ensure that they obtained the relevant documents to operate, including the Ghana Tourist hotel licence, Vat Service certificate of registration, Internal Revenue Service tax and Fire Service certificate.
The regional chairman stressed that in order for them to operate efficiently they needed to employ skilled managers and receptionists.
Mr Kingsley Hayford Ababio, Brong Ahafo regional president of the Ghana Traditional Caterers Association urged operators of restaurants to exhibit a high standard of respect for their customers, personal hygiene and neat surroundings to increase their patronage.
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