Minister OF Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has unveiled a 15-year national tourism development plan for strategic action to transform the tourism industry to be one of the leading sectors of the economy.
The Minister, who made this known on Wednesday at a ceremony organised at Sunlodge Hotel to celebrate its 40th anniversary, said a tourism development fund has also been established with the operationalisation of the tourism levy collection.
According to madam Ofosu-Adjare, the fund would be judiciously applied for the marketing and promotion of domestic and international tourism to generate the much needed foreign exchange, to create jobs and generate incomes. She urged operators of tourism plants in the country to collect the levy and make due payment on schedule to help grow the tourism development fund.
Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare congratulated the board, management and staff of the hotel for the noble achievement and immense contribution towards the development and growth of the tourism and hospitality industry in Ghana.
She stressed that Sunlodge Hotel at the time of its establishment was classified as one of the upper range hotels, with some hotels which no longer exist, indicating that the facility has been resilient and steadfast.
She advised the board and management of the hotel to sustain staff motivation and recognition, and reward deserving clients to strengthen business relations.
Mrs. Jacquie Obeng-Ansong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sunlodge Hotel, said the hotel, established in August 1974, has 32 double rooms, 16 single rooms and three suits of which two of are disability-friendly.
She noted that personal touch of staff, low labour turnover, personalisation of service delivery and consistency were some of the key performance indicators that have brought the hotel to its current state.
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