The Hohoe District Assembly at its general meeting on Wednesday adjusted upwards all rates to the District's tourists' attraction sites, resulting from an Insurance Policy Agreement it entered into with the Metropolitan Insurance Company.
Mr John-Peter Amewu, District Chief Executive (DCE), who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency at Hohoe said under the policy, all tourists were insured and claims would be paid to visitors in the event of injury or death with premiums ranging between 5 million and 15 million cedis.
He said the industry needed to be oriented along business lines in order to maximize revenue at the attractions, to boost income for further development of tourists' sites in the district. The DCE said rates at Category A sites, would attract 30,000 cedis and 65,000 cedis for Ghanaians and foreigners, respectively, from the previous 18,000 cedis and 33,000 cedis per head. They are, the Wli Agumatsa Waterfalls, Afadzato, Tagbo Falls and Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary.
Mr Amewu said tertiary students now pay 18,000 cedis instead of 8,000 cedis, with organized adult and tertiary students groups of 20 people attracting 20,000 cedis and 15,000 cedis per head respectively. He said foreign volunteers and organized groups would pay a flat rate of 45,000 cedis.
Category B sites included Likpe Todome Caves and waterfalls with the same rates as charged for category A, for Ghanaians but 45,000 cedis flat for expatriates.
Rates for Category C has been relatively reduced for both Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians and included Logba Tota Caves and Waterfalls, Akpafu Todzi Ore Mines, Leklebi Agbesia Waterfalls, Alavanyo Tsatsadu Falls, Gbi Wegbe Talking River.
Mr Amewu said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would soon be signed between the District and SNV, a Dutch NGO, towards the development of tourists' potentials of the area.
He said it would entail the promotion of the industry, training of tour guards, exchange programmes and the improvement of facilities at tourists' sites.
The tourism website of the district is www.hohoetourism.com