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13.10.2008 Regional News

Hoteliers call for closure of hotels operating without licence

By GNA

Members of Brong-Ahafo Regional branch of Ghana National Hotels Association has called for the immediate closure of hotels operating without licence.

They said defaulting proprietors should be prosecuted.

The call was made in a resolution adopted after separate meetings at Techiman and Sunyani to discuss the recent exercise undertaken by management of Ghana Tourist Board following their inspection tour to identify defects and unlicenced hotels in the Region.

Mr Philip Kofi Ntiamoah, Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the association, said under the Legislative Instrument (LI.1205), no premises could operate as a hotel without licence.

He said some residential premises in the Region had been turned into hotels which did not augur well for the hotel industry and deplored the manner such mushroom hotels operated without paying taxes.

“The practice if not checked would lead to the collapse of many recognized hotels,” he added.

Mr Ntiamoah expressed concern about poor services, lack of security and training of hotel staff by the unlicenced hotels.

He appealed to management of Ghana Tourist Board to ensure all hotels in the Region were licenced before operating.

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