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Reduce taxes on tourism sector

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA – Mr Lucky Onoriode George, the Editor of African Travel Times Magazine in Nigeria has called on African Governments to lessen taxes imposed on the operations of the Travel and Tourism Industry to regenerate the.

He said the huge taxes paid by the players has made travelling across Africa, especially West Africa very costly and discouraging tourists and investors from visiting the continent thereby.

Mr George made these observations through the African Travel Times Awards 2018, held in Accra.

The event would be to identify excellence on the list of travel and tourism industry and encourage actors to become more effective and efficient in the execution of these duties.

The Award Categories included Most Trusted Airline, Most Recognisable Airline, Most Formidable Airline, Most Distinguished Personality Award, Of the entire year conference Hotel, Of the entire year ghana Airport Hotel, of the entire year and Best Hotel Management.

Other Awards were Most Active Head of National Tourism in West Africa won by Mr Akwasi Agyeman, the principle Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority.

The Most Active Tourism Minister Award, West Africa won by Mrs Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and arts.

He said that it had been, therefore very important to governments to ensure there is free movement without harassment and extortion among nations also to promote trade and socio-economic development.

Mr George noted that despite the fact that, the hospitality industry had done perfectly over the continent, their operations weren’t uniformed, adding that, it had been the key reason why a three Star Hotel in a single African country was a Two Star Hotel in another African country, even though a standard uniform Hotel grading and classification was decided on.

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He said the awardees were selected by experts in the market, who’ve had experience in managing all grades of the hotel industry.

“People travel not only to settle classy hotels since they have none within their country, but to truly have a different experience they may forget never.

“It is important now could be how unique a Hotel&rsquo therefore; s customer and services care is”, he said.

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, the principle Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority said it had been essential to identify the basics of enhancing the development of the including product (sites and attractions) enhancement, capacity building within the.

He said that Ghana currently includes a new legislative instrument on sites and tourism, which had opted through review by Parliament and at the Attorney General&rsquo currently;s Office and the Authority, would start regulating all tourists’ sites when it had been passed.

“We’d develop a classification regime for them then. In order hotels are classified in one star to 5 star just, they’ll be classified as An advantage also, B C and plus plus in order that people would know very well what to expect prior to going there,” he added.

He said the Authority would consider other issues that demotes the tourism industry just like the Visa Regime, adding that, it had been the complaints gotten quite often by the Authority from investors and foreigners.

The Awardees included British Airways-Most Trusted Airline (International), Ethiopian Airlines- MOST DEPENDABLE Airline (Africa), ASKY Airlines- probably the most Reliable Carrier (West Africa), Kenya Airways- Most Supportive National Carrier for effective promotion of the Kenyan Tourism Board and EKO Hotel and Suites-Number One Conference Venue (West Africa).

The other are Ghana Tourism Authority- Most Active Tourism Agency West Africa, and Ikechi Uko- Outstanding Tourism Personality of the entire year (West Africa).