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Oil spillage could adversely affect Ghana’s economy- EPA

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned Ghana risks suffering immeasurable economic damage should an oil spillage occur. According to the EPA, the damage would have a direct impact on the country’s revenue, tourism and fishing industry. Speaking to Citi business News at the sidelines of the inauguration of the National Spill Contingency Plan Working Groups, the Deputy Executive Director ...

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Hospitality industry in crisis – GHA

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The Ghana Hotels Association (GHA) has told Citi Business News the hospitality industry has plunged into crisis due to the rising cost of operations in the sector. The Association asserts that the over 200% increment in utility bills over the last two years is one of the main reasons accounting for the rise in the cost of doing business in ...

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Govt allocates funds to fix bad tourist sites roads

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The Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare has told Citi Business News government has allocated funds to fix poor roads in famous tourist sites in the country. According to her, government has already started fixing some roads such as the one leading to the Kakum National Park. ‘We all know that government has constructed a lot of roads in Ghana. Government has ...

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Hotels Association hits back at Tourism Minister

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The Ghana Hotels Association has downplayed accusations from government that the industry has been unproductive in the tourism sector. The rebuttal, follows comments by the Tourism Minister , Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare that hoteliers are not being productive and receptive to new technologies to enhance the industry She explained that lack of requisite skills by hoteliers continue to render them ...

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Starbow launches 97-seater Avro RJ Jet

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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

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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

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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

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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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