Ghana: 18 people honored at National Tourism Awards 2020 in Accra

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, held its National Tourism Awards 2020 this weekend to recognize excellence in the tourism sector.

The award ceremony, which was honorary and the 16th edition, was placed under the theme: “A stronger partnership for the growth of inclusive tourism”.

It aimed to reward impactful contribution to the tourism sector, encourage a stronger tourism rebound in Ghana and build relationships between the Authority and its stakeholders who have distinguished themselves in driving the course of the industry, by especially in the difficult times of Covid-19. pandemic.

In total, a total of 18 honorary prizes were awarded to deserving tourism establishments and personalities, including the traditional chef of the year, the outstanding shareholder company of the year, the most active tourism professional association in the year, the outstanding personality in the fight against COVID. -19 years old, media personality focused on tourism, among others.

Speaking at the event in Accra, Deputy Sector Minister Okraku Mantey said the Covid-19 pandemic had clearly affected the tourism sector enormously, but with government interventions, such as the opening of the borders, the World Bank donation to Small and Medium Enterprises, the Ghana Cares Obaatanpa initiative, among others, had allowed the tourism sector to rebound.

He expressed the government’s commitment to support the tourism industry and urged industry players to do more to promote the sector.

“This is our way of showing all of you that we appreciate your tireless efforts and your support for the tourism industry to ensure that our vision of making Ghana the preferred tourist destination comes true,” he added.

GTA CEO Mr. Akwasi Agyemang congratulated all award winners and tourism stakeholders for their support and dedication during the pandemic period.

“The past year has been a difficult time for all of us. Border restrictions, increased COVID-19 protocols and an uncertain business environment have combined to negatively impact us, ”he said.

Mr. Agyemang said that despite the challenges, the tourism industry has shown extraordinary passion and innovation, adding, “We have seen a lot of adaptation from companies in the sector which has kept a lot of our businesses. afloat”.

He reiterated that the sector recorded international arrivals of 355,000 last year and in the first nine months of this year it registered 411,000, showing a significant improvement in their numbers.

For domestic tourism, Mr. Agyemang said he recorded 290,000 for the whole of 2020 and 350,000 in September of this year.

“The numbers are improving but we believe that we are not yet out of the roots,” he added.

He expressed GTA’s commitment to working with the private sector to build a resilient tourism sector.

“GTA believes in the power of partnerships and will continue to support our private sector. We look forward to many more engagements as part of the newly formed Steering Committee of the Public Private Partnership Forum (PPPF) so that we can establish a roadmap. for a full recovery for our sector, ”said Mr. Agyemang.

The president of the occasion, Nana Ama Serwaa Bonsu, praised the efforts of actors in the tourism industry for their contributions to the sustainability of the sector in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She urged them to always strive for excellence in their efforts and urged the public sector to work closely with the private sector to spur inclusive growth.

Among some of the winners was Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong, who was awarded the “Outstanding Personality in the Fight Against COVID-19” Mr. Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey, popularly known as Abeiku Santana of Okay FM , was honored with “Tourism-Focused Media Personality” while Akyem Abuakwa Chief Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II received the “Supporting Traditional Leader” award.

Other distinguished personalities and corporate institutions were also recognized for their respective roles in the development of the tourism sector.

They all received awards ranging from plaques, citations to certificates of honor.

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