LABADI BEACH HOTELThe other recipients of the awards included Best Western Premier Hotel, four-star hotel of the year, Oak Plaza Hotel, three-star hotel of the year, Airport View Hotel, two-star hotel of the year and Green Oak Hotel, one-star hotel of the year.

This year’s event, on the theme: “Rewarding Excellence Through Healthy Competition,” gave out 19 competitive and honorary awards to individuals and organisations who have made immense contributions to the growth of the tourism industry.

The selection of awardees was based on a set of criteria including innovation and creativity, appreciable degree of customer service and quality of staff, general appeal of the facilities, sustainability of business and adherence to industry rules and regulations.

Mrs Gifty Kwansa, Regional Manager, Ghana Tourism Authority said the Awards programme has been instituted to acknowledge the efforts of organisations and individuals towards the development and promotion of tourism in Ghana.

She said although it was taking the country years to achieve the dream of making Ghana a preferred destination in Africa, the current investments in top-rated and international chain hotels, restaurants and night clubs support and encourage the inflow of visitors of various pursuits and missions.

The Regional Manager said these developments has come with the generation of employment and incomes and was fast accelerating infrastructure development and socio-economic growth.

She said the tourism industry was becoming self-regulatory through healthy competition as each operator endeavour to be unique in their delivery to attract the market.

“It is a good sign for the industry and the Authority would continue to play its watchdog role to ensure that services meet customer expectations,” Mrs Kwansa added.

Honorary awardees include Tang Palace Hotel, Expert travel and tour limited, Alisa Hotel.

Other competitive awardees are Mr Samuel Nii Badoo, Tour guide of the year, Atlas Rent a car, Car Rental Company of the year, Tour operator of the year, Land tour Ghana limited, Night club of the year, Hot gossip night club and the Budget Hotel of the year, JaneDavis Lodge.

GNA

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