GHANA TOURISM: ADVICE TO TRAVELERS TO GHANA

Posted on January 26, 2011

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I’m almost positive that I’ve posted something on travel agents in the distant past, but given what happened this week, it’s time to pass along the same advice again.

TOURISTS, MAKE YOUR OWN HOTEL BOOKINGS IF YOU FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!

It’s happened again…. high-end travel and tour company phoned to make a booking:

Agent: I’d like to book one single room for one night Tuesday January 25th for a Japanese man who would like a place with a homely atmosphere who would enjoy talking to you….

madinghana: Isn’t that nice. Yes, we have room.

Agent: What is your rate now?

madinghana: It’s US$80.00 per night or Ghana cedi equivalent includes full breakfast and free wireless internet, but not the 15% government VAT.

Agent: That’s a bit on the high side. Can’t you give me a tour operator rate.

madinghana: I’m sorry we can’t! First, the booking is only for one night. Second, Four Villages is a very small operation. We just don’t have the volume to offer reductions and commissions. What’s more I hope you are aware that commercial electricity rates jumped about 130% June 1st, 2010. It was then that we raised our rates US$10.00 and that was the first time we raised our rates since April, 2007. And, my dear, I wonder what the client paid in Accra. I’m sure our rate is much much less. And finally, FOUR VILLAGES INN is reputed to be the best Kumasi….we are #1 on the Trip Advisor site for B & Bs/Guesthouses.

Agent: Thank you. I’ll get back to you.

Last night somewhere in the city of Kumasi, “a Japanese gentleman” slept. More than likely he probably had requested FOUR VILLAGES INN since most travel and tour companies don’t do business with us unless the client specifically requests FOUR VILLAGES . He was probably told that FOUR VILLAGES INN was full….

Thus at the beginning of our FOUR VILLAGES INN website (www.fourvillages.com) we boldly display the following advice:

“Wonderful…you found us! If you like what you see, you can book us directly by filling out our easy-to-use RESERVATIONS FORM. Please don’t leave it to you travel agent. We are just too small to pay their hefty commissions. And if you have additional needs, you can always email us directly. Thank you.”

Hope we hear from you sometime in the future booking a room at FOUR VILLAGES INN.

“MUCH, MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO STAY!”

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