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Board Chairman for Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Hon Seth Adjei Baah has urged players within the sector to quit complaining about taxes and other tariffs imposed on them by government.
Their focus per his admonishing should be centered on wealth creation, explaining that if players are able to generate much wealth, “taxes they are paying will be minute for them”.
“It is because we are not making the money that is why we are complaining about one percent tax…But if we are able to make a million and they say pay one percent, my God you will be happy to pay”.
He made this statement at the sidelines of a day’s Public-Private Partnership Forum held in Kumasi by officials of GTA on Thursday 24 March 2022.
Hon Baah continued that, actors should go beyond petty challenges confronting the industry and make money.
” There is no industry without challenges. The challenges are there but we have to look out of the box and make sure that we go further to create wealth”.
According to him, tourism is a huge industry which people should take serious. The government official stated that there is no way a person can be attracted to the industry if those in the field are not making money, adding that actors should work in such a way that people will see the essence of venturing into tourism business.
He called on players to cooperate with government to generate income for themselves and the country, announcing that the latter is positioned to support the private sector.
Hon Seth Adjei Baah spoke on behalf of the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal at the forum.
Present at the occasion were Kenya’s High Commissioner to Ghana His Excellency Eliphas M Barine, CEO for GTA Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, President for Ghana Tourism Federation Madam Bella Ahu, Director for PPPF Mr. Isaac Asiam among others.
The high commissioner underscored strategic conditions needed for a rapid face-lifting of Ghana’s and for that matter Africa’s tourism industry.
He said that for the country to reap the full benefit of the sector, officials manning the affairs need to establish more networks among other Africa countries and encourage the citizenry to explore countries within the continent.
The Kenyan official premised his recommendation on the reality that majority of Africans travel so much but not within their region.
His Excellency Eliphas Barine explained that tourism within Africa countries should be prioritized so as to keep the wealth within the continent.
Addressing the media at the sidelines of the forum, he called for the building of skills of sector players and an improvement of our standardization so that services related to tourism will meet the expectations of tourists. He explained that doing that will make the continent competitive. “The sector has the capacity to resolve a lot of challenges we face today”.