Wa, April 4, GNA - The Upper West Region on Saturday held its edition of the sixth tourism awards night at the Upland Hotel, Wa, to bring the an end the sixth tourism awards night held from region to region. Organised by the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), and sponsored by a number of corporate bodies, organisations and institutions, the scheme is designed to recognise and to honour individuals, corporate bodies and communities who in diverse ways contributed to the development and promotion of tourism and the hospitality industry in the country. At the Upper West edition of the sixth tourism awards night and the last to be held from region to region, 13 individuals, corporate bodies, and communities were honoured with various awards for their contribution to the promotion of tourism in the region and the hospitality industry. Ten of the awards were in the competitive category and three in the honorary category.
The awards were made up certificates, plagues and hotel operational inputs provided by the sponsors. Mr Godfrey Tangu, Wa Municipal Chief Executive too the tourism personality of the year award, which Mr Charles Osei Bonsu, acting executive director, finance and administration, GTB described as the most prestigious of all the awards.
He was presented with a certificate, a plague in addition to two weeks stay at the Mannet Beach Resort Hotel at Ada in the Greater Accra Region. A citation read by Mr William Ayambire, Upper West Regional Manager of the GTB said as the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Tangu had committed the Assembly's resources in the constructions of the road leading to the Wichian Community Hippo Sanctuary.
The Wa In-service training Centre took the Hotel of the year award (budget category) while the Upland Hotel won the hotel of the year, one star category.
Frantech Restaurant, Wa, won restaurant of the year award with the drinking bar of the year award going to Maxico Gardens of Wa Kambali, while the Wa Transport View Canteen took the traditional catering establishment of the year award.
Mr Anthony Dumba of Wa Tiegber took the housekeeper of the year award, while the Tour Guide of the year award went to Mr Agba of Wichian Hippo Sanctuary and Miss Abiba Mahama of Tumu took the award for the best receptionist of the year.
Mr Sahanum Mogtari, Upper West Regional Minister, in a speech underscored the importance of peace and stability for the development and promotion of the tourism industry.