The Head of Corporate Affairs at the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Jonnes Aruna Nelson has appealed to food and beverage vendors operating without authorization to immediately regularize their activities with the Ghana Tourism Authority and its partner regulatory bodies.
According to Mr Aruna, this will enable the Ghana Tourism Authority to monitor the activities of these vendors to ensure best practice and quality service delivery as well as provide technical advice where necessary. Mr Aruna further warned that recalcitrant vendors would face sanctions including a possible shutdown and or prosecution. He also encouraged industry players to pay the 1% tourism levy as stipulated in “LI 2185 of the tourism act 817.
Mr Aruna gave the caution during a nationwide training and sensitization programme for the informal food and beverage sector in Wa. The programme brought together 80 participants from the informal food and beverage vendors sector in Wa.
Dr. Patricia Darko, a senior food science lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University, took participants through food hygiene, food contamination among others.
According to Dr Darko, the informal food and beverage sector constitute about 70% of the Ghanaian food source hence the need to give such training to them.
Participants were also taken through book keeping and basic accounting to help inculcate the habit of saving and effective management of proceeds.
The Upper West regional chairperson of the Bar Owners Association Mr. James Suntaa, applauded the Ghana Tourisms Authority for the initiative and called on other stakeholders like the Municipal and District assemblies to emulate the good example of the Ghana Tourism Authority by organizing similar forums.