Akwaaba Hotels: Tourism Ministry to establish affordable hotels
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has announced that the ministry will be building hotels to provide affordable accommodation to tourists.
Speaking at a media encounter on 29th January, 2018, the Minister said the hotels, named ‘Akwaaba Hotels’ “are eco-friendly hotels conceptualised with the low budget tourist in mind, especially Ghanaian domestic tourists.”
The hotels which will be built across the country will be funded under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement through which the Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Tourist Development Company Limited, will use the land as equity while the private sector investor provides the funds for the actual construction.
“We can assure you that we have done the drawings, completed the feasibility studies and secured investor interest – from Ghanaians and foreigners. Indeed, some of the investors have gone as far as specifying which regions they want their Akwaaba hotels to be sited,” she noted.
These investors, according to Catherine have gone far in terms of inking the terms of land ownership agreement with the allodial (land) owners.
She further explained that the decision to establish these hotels is premised on the high cost of accommodation in the tourism sector, a reason for low patronage of the tourist attractions.
By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana