Should all go as planned, the Western Region directorate of the Ghana Tourism Authority will embark on an inspection exercise this week in all tourist sites and resorts to check on the validity of their operating licenses and other requirement.
The exercise was initially scheduled to take off in June 14 to 17, 2019 but had to be rescheduled to July 3, 2019 due to some personnel and logistical challenges.
Director of the Western Region office of the Ghana Tourism Authority, George Nkrumah Ansere tells Skyy News that the necessary preparations are being taken to ensure the success of the exercise.
“We are expecting to begin from 3rd July, and we will do about five days and beyond that one we going to make all the necessary arrangements and we are ready and prepared to start it” he disclosed.
Mr. Ansere noted that even though their personnel are inadequate “they are being strategic under the circumstances to get the work done” and that the work is continuous hence they have not forgotten the remote areas.
He further disclosed that the Western and Western North Regions will zoned to ensure the effectiveness of team and the exercise in general.
“There is going to be three teams who are going to work concurrently. Normally we look at Sekondi- Takoradi as one zone, the Nzema line that is the beach stretch from Eziama to Elubo as another. We also look Tarkwa enclave as one zone and Sehwi as another zone” he explained.
He warned that facilities that are non-compliant will be asked to shut down to allow them regularize their operations.
“…if you are doing what is not appropriate according to the law, you have to be made to cease operations and then you be made to go through the processes. Our interest is to get more operators to come into the industry” Mr. Ansere clarified.
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