The Ghana Tourism Authority has announced the next edition of the National Tourism Awards.
Scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2020, at the National Theatre, Accra, the awards ceremony is the fifteenth in the series under the theme, ‘Growing Tourism Beyond The Return, Beyond Covid-19’.
In 2019, Ghana’s tourism became a great success as the ‘Year of Return’ sparked a global movement by projecting Ghana on a higher pedestal. A follow up of the successful ‘Year of Return’, ‘Beyond the Return’ was launched recently although hugely impacted due to 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), the 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 a special recognition for outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.
The Tourism Awards will feature the National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, Akwaboah among others.