CEO of GTA, Akwasi Agyeman adjudged CIMG Marketing Man of The Year

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It was excellent awards night at the 31st Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) National Marketing Performance Awards as corporate entities and individuals who excelled at their respective businesses and marketing roles have were awarded. CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority was adjudged the marketing man of the Year 2019 for his sterling performance in making Ghana the tourism destination of choice in Africa with the sucessful Year of Return campaign.

This years CIMG wards was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Saturday, November 14, 2020.


Some other tourism industry players who won awards on the night include, Sunseekers Tours for the hospitality support service.


Labadi Beach Hotel was also adjudged Hospitality facility (Hotel) of the year 2019.


Indigenous Catering Facility of the year 2019 went to Bush Canteen, East Legon.



Below is the list of award winners:

Marketing Man of the Year – Akwasi Agyeman, CEO Ghana Tourism Authority

Marketing Woman of the Year – Patience Akyianu, Group CEO, Hollard, Ghana

Marketing Practitioner of the Year – Edwin Amoako, Marketing Manager of Fanmilk

Marketing Student of the Year – Regina Manu

Hall of Fame – Elite Category (over 10 years)

Motor firm – Toyota

Retail outlet – Melcom

Hall of fame (Below 10 years)

Insurance company (Gen) – Vanguard Assurance and Enterprise Insurance

Insurance Company (Life) – SIC Life

Motor Firm – Japan Motors

Bank – Ecobank

Petroleum – Goil

Airline (Domestic) – Africa World Airlines


ATL Commercial – Vodafone Too Much Data

BTL Commercial – Vodafone Gigabit Net 4G

New Media Commercial –

TV Programme – Vodafone Healthline

Radio Programme – Joy FM Super Morning Show


Insurance company (Life) – Prudential Life

Insurance company (General) – Hollard Insurance

Hospitality facility (Hotel) – Labadi Beach Hotel

Hospitality (Allied & Support Services) – Sunseekers Tours Limited

Petroleum company – Total

Real Estate – Lakeside Estate

Private Health Facility – Lister Hospital

Postal and Courier Service (Domestic) – Not awarded based on merit

Postal and Courier Service (International) – Not awarded based on merit

Corporate Pension Trust – Enterprise Trustees

Media Organisation – The Multimedia Group Limited

Motor Firm – Silver Star Auto Limited

Bank – Stanbic Bank

Rural Bank – Atwima Kwanwoma Rural Bank

Finance House – Profin Ghana

Savings and Loans Company of the Year – Opportunity Int Savings & Loans

Indigenous Catering Facility – Bush Canteen

Telecom Company – MTN

Telecoms (Allied & Support Services) – Not Awarded

Internet Service Providers – Internet Solutions

Marketing-Oriented Organisation – MTN

Airline of the Year (Domestic) – Not awarded on merit

Airline of the Year (International) – Ethiopian Air

Manufacturing Company – Polytank Ghana Limited

Afro-based Company – RMG Ghana

Digital Media –

Retail Outlet – Electromart

Micro-finance – Not awarded based on merit

E-commerce – Jumia

Not-for-profit Organisation – Invest in Africa


Manufacturing – Fan Yogo

Service – Hollard Araba Chatbot

Emerging Brand – Transitions

CIMG President’s Special Award

Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II – Asantehene

Gexim Bank’s Tuesday Market

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Kempinski, Azmera, Land Tours & Tang Palace retain titles at National Tourism Award

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November 6, 2020, Accra

Several tourism industry players were awarded at the 13th National Tourism Awards held on Friday November 6, 2020 at the National Theatre.

It was a night that celebrated personaliites who have contributed to or excelled in the tourism industry in the year 2019.

This year’s celebration which was under the theme: ‘Growing Tourism Beyond The Return, COVID-19’, saw several awardees and individual from across the country troup to the National Theatre in their beautiful Ghanaian apperals.

Kempinski Hotel (Gold Coast City) emerged the 2019 5-Star Hotel of the Year for the 2nd year running while Tang Palace Hotel also emerged the 4-Star Hotel of the year also for the second consecutive year.

The National Theatre the venue for the event was replete in depiction of various tourism products in the country. The entrance was set to depict the entrance of the famouns Larabanga Mosque. Within the foyer of the National Theatre was a miniature walkway depicting the Kakum canopy walkway. There were crocodiles also depicting the Paga Crocodile pond and Hans cottage friendly crocodiles.


Serving as backdrop backdrop for the beautiful performances and presentations was a presentation of the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park which to complete the warm and welcoming tourism environment of the night.

The event was chaired by Daasebre Anyimadu Katamanto II, Kwabenghene / Okyeman Gyaasehene who called for the re-introduction of local foods like Apapransa in the menu of restaurants and hotel sto boost domestic tourism.


Hon. Akosua Frema Osei opare, Chief of Staff who was the Guest of honour and keynote speaker lauded the efforts of the tourism Ministry and the Ghana Tourism Authority in the fight agaist corona and efforts to revive the industry. She pledged governments continuous effort to support the industry.

Addressing the audience the sector Minister outlined the several steps taken by the Ministry to suopport the tourism industry which was most hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She expressed hope of the sector bouncing back due to its great potential and capability in revitalising economic growth in Ghana.

On his part, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), organisers of the event, urged industry players to join GTA to pull resources together to help revampt and develop the industry beyond COVID-19.


Culture, warmth and rhythm was at play all night and was lazed with beautiful stage performances by Foster Romanos, a Comedian and the reggae dance hall king Samini who treated the audience to great dance tunes from his repertoire.


Popular communication experts and media personality George Quaye, more popularly known as Aboagye of Taxi Driver fame was the MC for the day.


Below is a full list of awards winners


5-Star – Kempinski Hotel (Gold Coast City)  – Accra

4 Star – Tang Palace Hotel – Accra

3 Star – Aqua Safari Resort – Ada

2 Star – Grace Garden Hotel – Takoradi

1 Star – Asantewaa Premier Hotel – Fumesua, Kumasi

Guest House – West Wing Guest House – Spintex

Budget Hotel – Almond Tree Guest House – Elmina

Serviced Apartments – Red Mango – Takoradi

Hostel – Banvillas Hostel – Kentinkrono



Food & Beverage

Restaurant Grade 1 – Azmera Restaurant – Roman Ridge

Restaurant Grade 2 – Buka Restaurant – Osu

Restaurant Grade 3 – Hot Ernesto Restaurant – Takoradi

Fast Food – Papaye – Spintex Road

Airline Catering Services – Servair – Airport – Accra

Drinking Bar – Treasures Pub – Haatso

Traditional Catering – Agbenorxevi Chop Bar – Ho

Night Club/Pub – Crescendo Lounge & Pub – Labone


Land Tours won Tour Company for 3rd consecutive time



Travel Trade

Tour Operator – Land Tours – Accra

Travel Agent – Satguru Travels – Osu

Car Rentals – Atlas Rent – A – Car, Dansoman

Airline Of The Year – Air France – Klm

Site Guide – Robert Morgan Mensah, Cape Coast Castle

Tour Guide – Yao Dzide Freelance, Accra

Visitor Attraction – Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast

Tourism Writer Of The Year – Samuel Obeng-Appah, Voyage Afriq

Tourism Broadcast Programme – UTV Heritage Ghana, United Television


Tourism Oriented Media

Television – TV3

Radio – Okay Fm

Print – The Mirror

Online – Voyage Afriq


Consistent Payment Of Tourism Levy – Accommodation

White Sands Beach Resort & Spa – Gomoa Fetteh – Winner

Consistent Payment Of Tourism Levy – Food & Beverage

Moti Mahal Restaurant – Asokwa – Winner


Diaspora Affairs Office (OOP) was awarded for contribution to Year of Return


Honorary Awards

  1. Osabarima Kwesi Atta Ii Parmount Chief, Oguaa Traditional Area.
  2. Nana Kodwo Kondua Vi Parmount Chief, Edina Traditional Area.
  3. Kofi Akpabli – Tourism / Travel Writer.
  4. Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah Mayor Of Accra.
  5. Miss Delphine Brew- Hammond(Miss Tourism Ghana)
  6. Sunseekers Travel & Tours
  7. The Adinkra, Washington Dc
  8. Panafest Foundation – Cape Coast
  9. Diaspora Affairs, Office Of The President
  10. Media Majique And Research System, Accra
  11. Kids In Tourism
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Tourism Sector Players To Be Honoured At 2020 National Tourism Awards

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The 2019 National Tourism Awards will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at the National Theatre, Accra.

The awards ceremony which is the fifteenth in the series is under the theme, ‘GROWING TOURISM BEYOND THE RETURN, BEYOND COVID-19’, and  it is being organised by the Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The National Tourism Awards was instituted by the Ghana Tourism Authority in 1997 to reward excellent performance in the tourism sector. It is also to raise standards and encourage healthy competition among tourism industry practitioners with a view to firmly positioning tourism as a vibrant economic sector and to consolidate the country’s position as a preferred tourist destination.

In 2019, Ghana’s tourism became a great success as the ‘Year of Return’ sparked global movement by projecting Ghana on a higher pedestal. A follow up of the successful ‘Year of Return’, ‘Beyond the Return’  was launched recently. It is a 10-year project under the theme, “A decade of African Renaissance – 2020-2030”  which hinges on these seven pillars: Experience Ghana, Promote Pan African Heritage and Innovation, Invest in Ghana and Diaspora Pathway to Ghana. The rest are Give Back Ghana, Celebrate Ghana and Brand Ghana.

Though the tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic which led to the closure of our borders by air, land and sea among other things. Consequently, given the re-opening of Ghana’s airspace and  the tourist sites,  the tourism sector  is expected to  significantly bounce back, which would invariably boost on the country’s GDP for the well-meaning of the Ghanaian citizenry countrywide.

A total of 43 Awards would be presented to deserving tourism establishments and personalities during the awards ceremony. These include 32 Competitive Awards and 11 Honorary Awards. The Competitive Awards include Accommodation Category (serviced apartment,  hostel,   budget hotel, guest house, 1- 5 Star  hotel and consistent payment of tourism levy (accommodation)

Catering Service Category (offshore/airline catering establishment, night club/pub, drinking bar, fast food establishment, traditional caterer (chop bar), restaurant of the year (grade 1 to 3) and consistent payment of tourism levy (catering)

Travel Service Category (visitor attraction, site guide, tour guide, car rental service, travel agency, tour operator and airline of the year)

Media(Tourism Broadcast Programme, Tourism Writer, Tourism Oriented Media (Television,Radio, Print, Online)

The Honorary Award is based on special recognition for outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.



Featuring will be the National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, Akwaboah among others.

Remember! Let’s continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety and hygiene protocols whilst we climax the 2019 National Tourism Awards in a grand style.


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Ghana National Tourism Industry Awards 2018 held

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The much-awaited Ghana Tourism Awards to honour deserving facilities in the tourism industry in Ghana for the year 2018 was held at The Event Haven, La on Friday, March 22, 2019. In all 29 awards were presented to organisations and individual in Accommodation, Food and beverage and Entertainment, Travel Trade and Media. In addition, honorary awards were given to six (6) personalities who have contributed to the growth and the development of the Tourism Industry over the years.

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Minister of Tourism presenting an award


Below are the award winners for the various categories.


1. Edwin Owusu-Mensah – (Fmr Dir. Ministry of Tourism, Arts And Culture, Former Dep. Exec. Dir. Ghana Tourism Authority)
2. Stella W. Appenteng – (CEO – Apstar Tours Ltd)
3. Kwame Ofosu Bamfo (MD – Alisa Hotel)
4. Sajid Ali Kahn – (GM – Tang Palace Hotel,Accra,Ghana)
5. Erieca Bennett – (Head of Mission, Missions Forum: Africa Diaspora Missions Network)
6. Mark Williams – (CEO – Ashanti African Tours Ltd)


  1. 5 Star Hotel of the Year – Movenpic Ambassador Hotel
  1. 4 Star Hotel of the Year – Tang Palace Hotel
  1. 3 Star Hotel of the Year – Holiday Inn Hotel
  1. 2 Star Hotel of the Year – Ibis Styles
  1. 1 Star Hotel of the Year – Coconut Grove Sakumono
  1. Guest House of the Year – Petit Palais Guesthouse
  1. Budget Hotel of the Year – Ronna lodge, Adidome
  1. Hostel of the Year – Bedstudy Osu
  1. Serviced Apartment of the Year – Red Mango Apartments chapel Hill



  1. Restaurant Grade 1 – Azmera Restaurant
  1. Restaurant Grade 2 – The Buka Restaurant Ltd
  1. Restaurant Grade 3 – Madela Restaurant, Sunyanil
  1. Fast Food of the Year – Papaye Fast Foods Ltd.
  1. Night Club of the Year – Plot 7 Night Club, Osu
  1. Traditional Caterer (Chop Bar) of the Year – Bush Kanteen Shiashie,
  1. Drinking Bar of the Year – The Treasures Pub, Agbogba



Ghana Tourism Awards 2018



1. Airline of the Year – South African Airways
2. Tour Operator of the Year – Landtours Ghana
3. Travel Agency of the Year – Satguru Travels Ghana Ltd
4. Car Rental Service of the Year – Atlas Rent A Car
5. Visitor Attraction of the Year – Kakum National Park Ghana



1. Tourism Writer of the Year – Kofi Akpabli
2. Tourism Oriented Media TV – TV3 Media,
3. Tourism Oriented Media (Radio)- Citi 97.3 FM
4. Tourism Oriented Media (Print)- The Mirror
5. Tourism Oriented Media (Online) – Voyages AFRIQ MEDIA
6. Tourism Programme of the Year – Our Heritage by UTV Ghana

About The Awards

The National Tourism Awards was instituted by the Ghana Tourism Authority in 1997 to reward excellent performance in the tourism sector.

It is one of the flagship events of the GTA held annually and it sets the tone for high standards in service delivery among practitioners in the tourism sector.

Awards, including honorary awards, are presented to practitioners and organisations who have made maintained high standards and individuals who have made immense contributions to the growth and development of Ghana’s tourism industry.

The award usually attracts high profile personalities in government, business, politics, academia and practitioners within the tourism industry.

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