Ghana Urged to Reduce Tourism Levies to Boost Sector Growth

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In an effort to foster growth in Ghana’s tourism sector and attract a larger number of tourists, the government has received advice to reduce the current high levies imposed on tourism investors in the country. This recommendation comes as part of a broader call for the government to prioritize tourism development as a key sector in Ghana’s economic growth strategy.

During an interaction with the media, Mr. Gerard Schraven, the General Manager of The Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort in Akosombo, Ghana, emphasized that Ghana, like many other African countries, has yet to fully recognize the potential of tourism as a vital industry for driving economic growth. He stressed that by focusing on tourism, other areas of the economy could also benefit from development and advancement.

While acknowledging the Ghanaian government’s efforts to provide the necessary exposure and approvals to the resort, Schraven commended the fact that The Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort remains the sole venue for hosting cabinet meetings in Ghana. He also highlighted the management’s commitment to adopting eco-friendly practices and reducing carbon emissions as part of their contribution to a greener world.

Schraven provided an overview of the hotel, stating, “This four-star hotel has been operating for approximately 10 years. We currently offer 84 rooms, including 74 standards, nine suites, and one presidential suite to accommodate our clients. Situated on 33 acres of land, our clientele primarily consists of corporate organizations and groups, comprising 80% of our guests. We aim to expand our presence in the leisure market while maintaining our strong position as Ghana’s leading hotel.”

The General Manager also shared the management’s plans for the future, outlining key objectives for the next five years. These include the creation of a canopy walkway and the construction of an additional swimming pool at the Dua Clubhouse area. Moreover, by 2024, the hotel aims to make significant progress in its green revolution initiative.

Schraven expressed his pride in the hotel’s workforce, revealing that 70% of the current staff have been with the establishment since its inception a decade ago. This demonstrates their dedication and loyalty to the hotel’s success. Additionally, he revealed that The Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort was awarded the title of Ghana’s leading hotel in 2022 and has been nominated again for the 2023 edition, further reinforcing its reputation for excellence.

As Ghana moves forward, it is imperative for the government to heed the advice of industry experts and reduce the burdensome levies imposed on tourism investors. By doing so, the country can create a more favorable environment for tourism development, attract increased investments, and unlock the full potential of the sector. With a strategic focus on tourism and sustainable initiatives, Ghana has the opportunity to position itself as a leading destination in West Africa and contribute to the overall economic growth of the country.

About Levies

Levies refer to the fees or charges imposed by the government on individuals, businesses, or investors for various purposes. Levies are often used as a means to generate revenue, regulate specific industries, or support government initiatives. In the context of the tourism sector, high levies can pose a significant challenge to investors and hinder the growth of the industry. By reducing levies on tourism investors, governments can create a more favorable environment for businesses to thrive, attract more investments, and stimulate economic growth. Lowering levies can also make destinations more affordable for tourists, encouraging increased visitor numbers and contributing to the overall development of the tourism sector.


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