He said the number of skilled personnel managing the hotels and hospitality industry was inadequate resulting in new hotels poaching their staff from other competitors, thereby undermining the growth of such establishments.
He said the tourism and hospitality sector had vast and untapped potentials with massive opportunities for great entrepreneurship and skills development which should be tapped for national wealth and economic growth.
Alhaji Raji noted that the lack of interest of the youth to train and take up jobs in those sectors was hampering the development of the industry and this must be addressed if Ghana was to attain her targets in tourism.
He said government must necessarily put tourism and hospitality at the forefront of national development and reduce over reliance on the extractive industry which had led to the destruction of vast areas of arable land for agricultural purposes.
Alhaji Raji said there was the need for entrepreneurial skills training in general tourism operation, and hotel and hospitality management so as to bridge the current gap.
Mr Henry Quartey, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central and the Board Chairman of Krafty Hospitality Services, said the tourism sector had become a vital tool for economic growth and natural development.
He said the sector also provided investment and foreign exchange earnings for the country and contributed to job creation to reduce unemployment.
He said as a nation, it was important to develop a national policy on tourism since the industry had become highly competitive in recent years and urged the youth to avail themselves to such opportunities.
Mrs Sybil Quartey, Chief Executive of the Krafty Hospitality Services, said the institute, with a branch in Kumasi, was established in 2009 and had trained more than 800 students.