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Starbow launches 97-seater Avro RJ Jet


Indigenous airline, Starbow, has acquired a 97-seater Avro RJ Jet to augment its fleet as it looks to expand its operations in the West African sub-region. The Avro RJ plane has four engines and can make steep approaches and short take-offs. This makes it safer in the event of an engine being lost. The 97-seater Avro RJ Jet comes to ...

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Hotels, guest houses full ahead of NDC campaign launch


Hotels and guesthouses in the Central Region have begun cashing in heavily following the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s campaign launch scheduled to come off in that region on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Barely 48 hours to the Congress, Citi Business News’ checks reveal that almost, if not all hotel rooms; from standard to suites, have been fully booked by ...

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Robben Island Experience tells the African story better

robben island

The official partner for Citi FM’s Robben Island Experience, the South African Airways (SAA), has described the tour as a unique opportunity to tell the African story at a time that the African history is attracting global audience. The Country Manager of South African Airways, Gloria Wilkinson believes patrons of the Robben Island Experience will be investing in a valuable ...

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Hoteliers, tourists demand tax waivers in tourism sector

Paul Midy, CEO, Jumia Travel, Africa

Players in the tourism industry have bemoaned Ghana’s high cost of operations, precisely high taxes, which according to them is affecting business activities. Some business owners who have been speaking to Citi Business News say the high tax regime has contributed to a stunted growth in their respective businesses. They further contend that the development has caused their profit margins ...

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GTA poised to employ E-Tourism to boost industry

Minister for Tourism, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has disclosed to Citi Business News that the authority is working vigorously to employ E-Tourism to promote the industry. The industry which is said to be the fourth biggest contributor to Ghana’s GDP generated 10.5 billion cedis in 2015. In addition, the industry directly created over 290,000 jobs in the same year under review. Speaking ...

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Tourists shun Ghana’s 5-star hotels

Country Manager of JOVAGO Ghana, Claire Staal

A new report conducted by international online hotel booking company, JOVAGO has revealed that visitors who come to Ghana for tourism purposes do not search and patronize 5-star rated hotels. The report, which is titled “Hospitality Report Ghana 2015” stated that even though there are only three 5-star hotels in the country , and all in Accra, tourists normally search ...

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Tourism rakes in GHS10.5bn in 2015

Mr. Bennet Otoo

Figures released by international online hotel booking company, JOVAGO  has indicated that  the total contribution of Travel and Tourism to the GDP was around GHC 10.5 billion (US$2.7 billion) in 2015,  representing 7.8% of the GDP. It is forecasted to rise by 2.4% in 2016. Directly, the industry contributed GHS4.5 billion (US$7265 billion)  in 2015,  representing 3.3% of total GDP. ...

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Aviation fuel shortage pushes Nigeria’s aviation industry to a halt


Activities in the Nigerian aviation industry have returned close to normal after coming close to a halt over the weekend following a shortage in aviation fuel. Most airlines in Nigeria cancelled in some cases rescheduled flights over the weekend due to the development. This left thousands of air travelers stranded across airports in Nigeria. Some of the airlines which cancelled ...

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Tourism Minister touts Ghana’s security to woo tourists

L-R- Francis Abekah, Deputy Head of Mission, Ghana's Tourism Minister Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai & Ghana's Ambassador to Spain H.E Elizabeth Adjei

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare has reiterated government’s commitment to beef up security in the country to encourage tourism. According to her, there are growing concerns across the world as terrorism grows, hence the decision to take pragmatic measures to assure Ghanaians and tourists to invest in the tourism sector. The Tourism Minister made ...

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NYU schooled on Ghana’s tourism sector

The Minister in a pose with the Leadership of the Faculty

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare has shared Ghana’s tourism experience with undergraduates, postgraduate students, and the leadership of the  the New York University Tisch Centre for Hospitality and Tourism in New York. Speaking as the guest of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, the sector Minister presented a paper on Ghana’s tourism product, its ...

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