Government has released GHS200, 000 to be invested into the tourism industry to boost the sector.
This was revealed by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu- Agyare during the launch of the Nationwide Tourism and Hospitality Training.
According to her, the investment is to support the development of the private sector and ensure positive progress in the tourism industry.
“We all know that tourism is public sector led and private sector driven. So at the public sector we are ready to lead it so that the private sector can drive it. We are doing this for the private sector because we know that they can help tourism thrive hugely,” she said.
Madam Ofosu Agyare assured that government is committed to improving the country’s tourism sector.
She stated that tourism has now become an important sector for economies in the West African region, increasing competition.
“Everybody wants a good tourism destination. It will only happen when we have professionals serving at our facilities. That is how come the ministry through tourism development fund has sponsored this program to ensure that the private sector does well,” she said.
She assured that the ministry will continue to offer good training to help hoteliers in their businesses and help sustain the tourism sector.
Making tourism attractive
Recommending some methods to help boost the sector, Madam Ofosu Agyare urged hoteliers to be more productive and receptive to new technologies in order to grow the tourism sector.
She was of the view that, even though there are opportunities and good hotels in the country, the lack of requisite skills by hoteliers continue to render them unproductive.
“We know that productivity is key when it comes to managing any business. We can be productive if we know what we are about. If you know what exactly this business is about, productivity will certainly go up,” she said.
By: Jessica Ayorkor Aryee/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana