‘Tourism industry will bounce back’ --Casa Bar, others win at Eastern Regional Tourism Awards

BY: Graphic Business
Mr Kwaku Boahen- CEO of Casa Bar (right) receiving his award

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr Akwasi Agyeman, is confident that the country’s tourism industry will soon bounce back.

The COVID-19 pandemic which brought economic activities around the world to a standstill affected lots of industries and one of the hardest hits was the tourism sector due to the restrictions on movement that was imposed.

But with the easing of the restrictions, the CEO is confident that the once vibrant sector would soon recover.

Mr Akwasi Agyeman was speaking at the Eastern Regional Tourism Awards programme which was organized by the GTA.

He said some hotels had already begun showing signs of recovery from the effect of the pandemic.

Also speaking at the event, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Nuertey Aryetey, urged private organisations to partner with the tourism industry to promote the economy, saying the government alone could not handle the vast prospects of the industry.

He urged the GTA and other stakeholders to harness expertise to bring direct investment into the region to promote tourism in both the region and the country for the "Beyond the Return" project.

Graphic awarded

Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) was honoured as the Print Toursim Oriented Media House at the 14th Eastern Regional Tourism Awards in Koforidua last Saturday.

The Daily Graphic, GCGL’s flagship newspaper, was honoured for its excellence in reportage and promotion of tourism in the region for 2019.  

A former correspondent of the Daily Graphic in the Eastern Region, Mrs Naa Lamiley Bentil, was also adjudged the Print Tourism Correspondent of the Year.

Her story, headlined ‘Ancient Residence of Nana Akufo,’ as well as others such as on the uniqueness of Boti Falls and the abandoned Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm at Mampong won her and the newspaper the day.