The Ghana Tourism Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will organise the 2020 National Tourism Awards on Saturday 11th December, 2021 at ‘The Dome’, Accra International Conference Centre (AICC)
The awards ceremony, which is an honorary and the 16th edition is under the theme ‘STRONGER PARTNERSHIPS FOR INCLUSIVE TOURISM GROWTH’ and would stream LIVE on Facebook.
The awards is to reward impactful contribution to the tourism sector, encourage stronger rebound of tourism in Ghana and to build relationship amongst the Authority and its stakeholders who have distinguished themselves to advance the course of the industry especially in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 18 honorary awards would be presented to deserving tourism establishments and personalities. These include;
Supporting Traditional Ruler
Outstanding Corporate Stakeholder of The Year
Most Active Tourism Trade Association of The Year
Outstanding Personality in the Fight Against Covid-19
Tourism Oriented Media Personality among others.
A five-member national jury was tasked to review all nominations to select the best awardee for each award category.
Among the dignitaries to grace the occasion are the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Akwamumanhene, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the diplomatic community, heads of Institutions and tourism industry practitioners. The Chairperson of the Public Services Commission, Mrs. Janet Fofie will be the Special Guest of Honour.
The National Tourism Awards was instituted in 1997 by the Ghana Tourism Authority to reward excellence in the tourism industry and promote a healthy competition among industry practitioners.
The 2020 National Tourism Awards is sponsored by; Special Ice, GIHOC Distilleries, Ethiopian Airlines, PAPAYE, Ankobra Beach Resort, Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel.
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.
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