Ashanti Region Ghana Hotels Association was proud to host the 3rd National Executive Council meeting of the Ghana Hotels Association at Sports Hotel, Kumasi. Thirty-one executive members came to Kumasi for two days of meetings deliberating issues of concern to hoteliers nation wide.
The opening plenary session held on Thursday, August 27, 2009> It was open to ordinary members of the regional association here in Ashanti and there was good representation, yours truly included.
After the many speeches by officials from Ghana Tourist Board (G.T.B. ), E.P.A., I.R.S., Ghana Police Service and the K.M.A. as well as a representative from Otumfuo, the Ashantihene, the floor was opened.
While representatives of the three departments that Four Villages Inn has been dealing with over the noise pollution issue were present, I prefaced my remarks with “Four Villages Inn has many issues with local officials regarding local issues, but this is a national forum to talk about national issues affecting all hoteliers.” I
think I felt their collective sigh of relief…
I then proceeded to talk about the internet and how instanteously the world can learn of any incident that might take place in a hotel. Internet sites like Trip aAvisor and the Bradt Update to Ghana can not only boost business, bit it can also destroy a business as well. (see other posts under the Ghana Hotels Association category). I suggested that the 11 regional chairmen of Ghana Hotels Association go back to their regions and bring this situation to the attention of their members. Furthermore, I suggested the national executive can also advise its membership directly.
Note, I’ll include the next classic post on the Badt philip briggs site…see blog roll. It is a classic!
I also talked briefly on the Destination Ghana campaign to promote dialogue on the idea to scrap short term tourist visa requirements to really make Ghana the GATE WAY TO WEST AFRICA. I mentioned that the Ghana Hotels Association can perhaps deliberate the issue and suggest to their menbership nationwide to send in their comments to the Ghana Tourist Board, copy to Destination Ghana.