<![CDATA[GhanaHotels.biz - Hotel News]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:30:54 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Ghana Hotels Association launches National Awards]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:35:38 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2016/12/ghana-hotels-association-launches-national-awards.html The Ghana Hotels Association (GHA) has launched the second edition of its annual National Hotels Awards in Accra.

The Awards slated for January 21, 2017 at the Kempiski Hotel, is to honour individuals, dedicated staff and hotel facilities in the industry.
Mr Paul Kavanagh, the Managing Director of Golden Tulip Accra, speaking at the media launch said the future of the hospitality industry, especially Hotel accommodation was technology.

He said hotels were changing all over the world and the forecast was that technology would assume the duties of hotel employees, where from booking to checking in and checking out, would be done with technology without contact with a single individual.

The Managing Director said government needed to put in greater internet infrastructure to drive the hospitality industry.

Mr John Kufuor, the CEO, African Regent Hotel said the Association had not gotten enough recognition over the years and commended the Executives of the Association for their effort to improve on their operations.

He said if the industry was properly nurtured and proper avenues created, it would continue to train a lot of the youth and provide more jobs.

“It’s an opportunity and more attention needs to be given to the industry, since it contributes over millions to the development of the country,” he added.

Mr Gideon Aryeequaye, the Executive Director, Ghana Tourism Authority, commended the efforts of the organiser for the initiative to recognise industry players.

He urged the awards committee to do due diligence in their selection process to make it fair and transparent.

Mr Herbert Acquaye, the President of GHA, said there were 35 awards for grabs in three categories.

The Awards comprises Budget Hotel of the Year (Regional and National level), One Star Hotel of the Year (Regional and National Level), Two Star Hotel of the Year (Regional and National Level).

The rest are Front of House Team of the Year, Housekeeping Team of the Year, Hotel Restaurant of the Year, Food and Beverage Team of the Year, Hotel Kitchen of the Year, Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year, Green Hotel of the Year, Most Secured Hotel of the Year, Hotel Laundry of the Year, three Star Hotel of the Year, Four Star Hotel of the Year and Five Star Hotel of the Year.

He said the committee had also decided to honour the Association executives from the Regional to the National level. 

The President said Tang Palace and Golden Tulip Hotels were supporting in the organisation of the Awards. Source: GNA

<![CDATA[AccorHotels opens its second ibis Styles in Accra-Ghana]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:51:00 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/12/accorhotels-opens-its-second-ibis-styles-in-accra-ghana.htmlSource: Saadia Elmouden - AccorHotels announces the opening of its economic design and lifestyle brand, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The network of 37 hotels of the ibis family (ibis Budget, ibis hotels & ibis Styles) in Africa perfectly meets the emerging countries’ needs. 
ibis Styles: Character and a variety of styles 
Within the ibis family, consisting of ibis and ibis budget, ibis Styles distinguishes itself by a unique and creative design for each hotel. Mainly developed under franchise, ibis Styles offers an all-inclusive package combining the charm of independent hotels with a unique design and high-quality service and expertise. 

“Each ibis Styles Hotel offers the fundamental assets of the ibis family: modernity, simplicity and well-being. It also stands out for its personality and its diversity of styles of these non-standardized hotels that allow the development of the brand through franchise and the renovations of existing hotels”, Jean-Marc Schnell, VP Operations for subSahara Africa at AccorHotels explains. 

ibis Styles Accra Airport is owned by TGL Properties Ltd, a Ghanaian company composed of 12 leading entities of the real estate, industry, and human resources sector. Founded in 1974, the Trasacco Group is one of the key actors in West Africa. 

Mr Ian Morris, Managing Director says, “By entrusting the hotel management to AccorHotels which, with its ibis family brands, is the world leader in budget hotels with more than 1,850 locations worldwide, ibis Styles Accra gains access to a unique reservation platform where every two seconds a room is booked somewhere online”. 

A 100% design brand 

Each ibis Styles hotel provides its own architecture, a unique, modern and vibrant style and a relaxed atmosphere which are the characteristics of the ibis family brand. 
ibis Styles Accra Airport features 192 air-conditioned rooms. The guests will benefit from an all-inclusive package including the room, unlimited Wi-Fi and breakfast. 
The generosity of the brand is also illustrated with extra features such as a bottle of water in the room and complementary self-service of coffee, tea and mineral water throughout the day. 

Doubling the network of the ibis family hotels 

Africa is a high potential market for the development of AccorHotels. The group already has 94 establishments in 17 countries in the luxury, high-end, mid-scale and economic segments. 

The network of 37 ibis family hotels in Africa perfectly meets the needs of emerging countries that witness both the emergence of a middle class and the development of a business tourism. 

The network will pursue its growth with the opening of more than 20 ibis Styles Hotels in Angola. They will be located in all provinces of the country, including smaller cities, establishing a nationwide network like the one in France, Brazil or Indonesia. 

According to Antoine Guego, Senior Vice President for AccorHotels in Africa & Indian Ocean, “doubling the number of ibis family hotels in Africa by 2020 is in line with the aim of doubling the network of all AccorHotels brands in Sub-Sahara Africa”.
<![CDATA[Hospitality players asked to offer quality service]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:37:27 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/11/hospitality-players-asked-to-offer-quality-service.htmlGNA - Players in the hospitality industry have been urged to employ qualified personnel and train them in relevant skills to enable them to offer satisfactory services to customers.

Madam Adeline Boateng, the Human Resource Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), who stated this, said players in the country’s hospitality industry paid little attention to quality service delivery even though it was one area that would propel the country as a destination of choice to tourists.
She was speaking at the Eighth edition of the Northern Regional Tourism Awards held in Tamale over the weekend to honour hospitality industry players in the region for their contributions to promote tourism in the region.

In all, awards in 21 competitive and honorary categories were presented to deserving tourism facilities whiles some individuals were also recognized for their contributions to promote tourism in the region.

Mariam Hotel picked the ultimate prize, whiles Mr. Emmanuel Adjei, the Director of Modern City Hotel, was adjudged Tourism Personality of the year for his roles in promoting tourism in the region.

Other tourism facilities that received awards were the Mole National Park; Radach Lodge and Conference Center; Steadfast Travel and Tours and Car Rentals.

Madam Boateng said, “Many hotels and restaurants have collapsed as a result of poor customer service and so it is important that the issue of training and customer service is taken seriously”.

She said the GTA, therefore, had developed training modules to build the capacity of staff at the front office, housekeeping, food and beverage service, food production, tour guiding, general customer care, hygiene and food safety management to ensure quality customer service delivery.

She, therefore, entreated owners of hospitality establishments to sponsor their staff to participate in GTA training sessions based on the modules to ensure quality customer service delivery saying, “The Tourism Development Fund will provide subsidies for the training”.

Madam Boateng announced that GTA had advanced in establishing a Tourism Data Entry Center to build reliable and internationally acceptable data on tourist arrivals, receipts, amongst others to policy makers, practitioners, and investors in taking measures to boost the tourism industry.

Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna, the Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, said the region was poised to receive its fair share of the tourist traffic as government embarked on vital infrastructural facilities.

Alhaji Limuna mentioned the construction of Fufulso-Sawla Road, the ongoing construction of the Eastern Corridor Roads, which led to some of the major tourist sites in the entire northern sector, including the upgrading of the Tamale Airport, saying this infrastructure would boost tourism in the region.

Mr. Adjei, who spoke on behalf of the award winners, thanked the GTA for instituting the awards and congratulated the winners for their recognition and efforts at promoting tourism in the region.
<![CDATA[Hoteliers in UWR asked to engage qualify personnel]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:48:54 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/11/hoteliers-in-uwr-asked-to-engage-qualify-personnel.htmlSource: GNA - Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister said the region was endowed with tourists atractions and if fully developed could contribute sufficient revenue to the national economy.

He however noted that the few tourists’ site that had been development, tourists were not adequately patronising them because of the engagement of unqualified personnel to man the facilities.
Alhaji Sulemana said the preference by hoteliers to appoint unqualified personnel as front desk service attendance had resulted in poor service delivery and customers care, which was driving away several tourists from patronalising their facilities.

The Regional Minister was addressing hoteliers, caterers, service providers, individuals and institutions operating in the tourism industry at the Upper West Region’s Edition of Ghana Tourism Authority Awards Night in Wa,

It was on theme: “Rewarding excellence through healthy competition” and in all 15 managers and manageress as well as individuals and institutions were awarded for providing quality services and decent accommodation to tourists in the region.

Alhaji Sulemana urged managers and manageress of hoteliers to provide employment to Polytechnic graduates and pay them properly so that they can give of their best to enhance competition in the tourism sector to attract more tourists to the region.

He said quality tourism comes with investments in terms of infrastructure and government alone cannot do that and called for public, private partnership as the way forward in making Ghana a competitive quality tourism destination.

The Regional Minister said government on its part was working hard to ensure that tourism rooted at the local government levels to promote ownership by the local community with a particular emphasizes on rural community development.

He announced that the Gbelle Game Reserve in the region was being developed to add to the Mole Game Reserve in the Northern Region to boost eco-tourism.

Mr. Henry Yeleduor, Upper West Regional Manager of Ghana Tourism Authority, said the awards to reward deserving industry practitioners and other stakeholders who had demonstrated excellence in their operations and also showed commitment towards the development and the growth of tourism industry.

He said the value of recognising and rewarding champions of exceptional service was intended to set and consistently raise the standards of what was attainable and desirable in the competitive global tourism market.

He pointed out that while the sector continues its progressive growth and development, it was essential as service providers to remain true to the core values of providing consistent, exceptional service to their valued customers both local and international.

Naa Danyagiri Walaman-i, Chief Tokali who chaired the function, noted that tourism was one of the surest ways to boost the economy and urged government to address the equipment and staff constraints to boost the industry.

“Don’t go in for cheap labour to raise the bar and make the service unattractive to visitors. Service delay and time wasting should be avoided”, he advised.
<![CDATA[Coconut Grove Regency Hotel: Where indulgence meets elegance]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:33:01 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/11/coconut-grove-regency-hotel-where-indulgence-meets-elegance.htmlCoconut Grove Regency Hotel is more than just a stunning hotel; it’s a symbol of the Ghanaian culture and modern architecture, it is proudly designed with locally produced materials.
Discover the ultimate hotel that postulates an unparallel feeling and an experience of a personalized paradise away from home.

The building has a unique layout and its façade is inspired by a traditional courtyard with its Renaissance-style of moulded bricks. It has beautifully planted and well trimmed plants and hedges that give a remarkable view of nature. Taking a stroll in the hotel in itself is pleasing, call it a peaceful haven; you find complete tranquility.

Take a deep breath and inhale the fragrance from flowers and plants that permeates the air through the hotel.

Luxury Living

The rooms and suites give a first-hand experience; they are spacious with beautifully appointed lights and artifacts. The hotel has 26 rooms and 9 ample meeting and conference facilities to ensure productivity and relaxation for your business. The nature and design of the rooms with sculptures, wood carvings and dazzling paintings from artistic Ghanaians send a warm message of the country’s unequaled hospitality.

In addition, the management team of the hotel works closely with the restaurant to develop flexible and unique food and beverage solutions to provide guests with an exceptional experience. Coconut Grove Regency Hotel’s service quality is their exceptional feature which is not prevalent among its competitors.

The service within the hotel a time spent is so extraordinary. Spend a memorable holiday with Coconut Grove Regency Hotel and enjoy wide privileges

Support for local business

In addition, Coconut Grove Hotel is branded for the use of locally grown rice and reared chicken for their lip smacking dishes for the past 10 years. It has highly encouraged the consumption of made in Ghana goods.

Most parts of the hotel property are made from wood, bricks and locally produced construction materials. Coconut Grove’s value for Ghanaian made products is beyond compare. It is amazing how the hotel has exclusive packages and experiences worth repeating for its guests and ambitions for the nation as well. Having seen the potential in the Ghanaian made products, it has embarked on a selfless journey to encourage our local producers to put in more effort to produce to standard and on a large scale. The rippling effect has gone a long way to offer job opportunities, generated more revenue and strengthened the economy.

Ghana’s hotel industry

The hotel industry in Ghana is growing with each year passing by; slowly and progressively it has evolved and taken a different face. Hotels are no longer viewed as a just a place to stay. The contemporary nature of hotels has expanded beyond the breadth of the core essentials of hotel management, excellent facilities, customer satisfaction and overall hotel performance.

Technology has had a huge impact on the cash flows of hotels, not to talk about customer satisfaction which is now the hallmark of every hotel and has translated into developing the soft skills of front desk and sales personnel. With increasing demand and diverse generation of travelers trooping into the market, the world of the hotel industry has changed. All sort of accommodation are provided to match the preferences of guest. It is no longer about checking-in guest and giving them a restful place.

Hotels are competing fiercely to gain a foothold in the industry. Most of the hotels offer very attractive packages and services such as complimentary breakfast, continental dishes, buffers, and entertaining activities such happy hours on set days, conference rooms for business meetings, laundry and cleaning services, amongst others. Some hotels have taken it upon themselves to make huge investment in the designing of their edifice to give an unprecedented feeling and experience which is a perquisite, but, there is a better way.

Competitive edge

The upsurge of competition in the hotel industry is fierce. Most hotels have prioritized service quality to gain competitive edge other their competitors. In order to still remain competitive in the industry, continuous improvement in service quality standard has become the limelight. Let’s not be too quick to judge, service quality is the best but to what degree.

Running a hotel is just like any business and like any business the first thing to think about is having a sustainable momentum. Excellent quality of service translates into customer loyalty which promotes growth and leads to sustainable business. No need to fight competitors tooth and nail for a limited or dwindling pool of customers when you can keep the same numbers coming back, and with referrals from loyal customers, you are set to increase customer base strategically.

The question then is how to attract and retain customers. The giant in the hotel industry, Coconut Grove Regency Hotels is a success story and a pro when it comes to service quality and having a sustainable approach. Consequently, it is not surprising that the hotel has won awards and is currently recognized as the best in the country.

Coconut Grove’s strategy

Coconut Grove Regency Hotel has set the benchmark in the hotel industry and has emerged as the epitome of endless design and customized experiences. It blends service quality with good customer relationship, serves it guest with passion and empathy to personalize the experience of each guest and this translates into customer retention which further leads to the growth of the hotel. The hotel has built a strong brand in the country and operates under the positioning statement “memories worth repeating”.

The memories that guest have about the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel is its amazing people skills that promotes a strong sense of belonging. Guests are assured of friendly and highly professional staff; they put a human face to their service and strive to establish long lasting relationship with their clients.

For the guest they serve, they serve with passion, empathy and a unique element of humanity. It is not just about what the guest wants but what can be done to make life comfortable and interesting. Incredibly, services are flexible and are specially tailored towards the preferences of every guest.

These heights of strategies promote long lasting memories and challenge guest to reiterate their experience. By repeating their memories, it easier to have a sustainable business and they are set to share their unique experience with others, thereby attracting more customers.
Source: Coconut Grove Regency Hotel
<![CDATA[African Sun Hotel folds; workers insist on severance package]]>Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:00:09 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/11/african-sun-hotel-folds-workers-insist-on-severance-package.htmlSource: Daily Graphic Ghana / 03.11.2015 - About 60 workers of the African Sun Hotel located at the Airport City in Accra are up in arms with former management of the hotel, demanding what they described as their un-paid severance package.

The workers have accused the management of hiding behind the sale of the hotel to a new owner to deny pay them their due.
According to the workers, all attempt to get the management to settle its indebtedness had proved futile as management insisted the hotel had new owners.

This is brewing anger and dissatisfaction among the workers who felt cheated by the original owners of the hotel, deciding to sell off the company without paying what they owe their workers.

The local union Chairman of the hotel, Mr Jairus Abormegah, who confirmed this to the Graphic Business in Accra, indicated that the workers were informed through an emergency meeting held on the third week of August that African Sun was folding up operations out of Ghana at the end of the month.

He said the workers were made to believe that the original owner of the building, Trassaco Ghana Limited, was taking over the day to day running of the hotel since management of the Africa Sun Hotel rented the building from Trassaco.

“Hence, Trassaco Ghana, which is the owner, will continue to run the facility and staff were assured they were not going to suffer in anyway because African Sun will see to it that employees were well taken care of and handed over to the new management before they leave,” he said.

Mr Abormegah said workers when informed, an arrangement was made for the African Sun Group Human Resource (HR) Director in Zimbabwe, Mr Elijah Nyakurerwa, to be flown to Ghana and negotiate the severance pay for the staff.

Explaining further, he said during the meeting, the HR director from Zimbabwe told the workers in plain language that he was not going to give the staff anything and that he would also leave Ghana and neither the police nor the government of Ghana can do anything.

According to the chairman, the HR said they can deliberately file for bankruptcy and can leave Ghana without anyone questioning them.

“The HR director also told us that if we dare bring a lawyer to the meeting, they will also bring a much knowledgeable lawyer than our own and they will drag the case for over five years till we give up,” he said.

Some aggrieved employees who narrated their ordeal to the paper said they have not been paid their overtime since 2013 but were forced to work on holidays and weekends under threat.

“Majority of us have not been allowed to embark on our annual leave over a 23 months period, but remuneration for those outstanding leave days has been denied us,” they added.

“Our probation salaries which management told us would be increased when we become permanent staff were never increased. Meanwhile, one person in the hotel is forced do the work of three people”, he said.

The former General Manager of the hotel, Madam Matema Amanda declined comment on the issue when the paper contacted her.

She, however, instructed the reporter to direct his questions to the headquarters of the hotel in Zimbabwe.

African Sun is an international company with branches all over Africa and headquartered in Zimbabwe.

The General Secretary of Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Mr Solomon Kotei, when contacted by the paper, expressed dissatisfaction about the issue and gave the assurance that the union will do everything within the law to get the matter resolved amicably.

He noted that the management of the African Sun Amber Hotel had heeded to a letter sent to them by the ICU scheduling a meeting to discuss the redundancy package of the workers.

The general secretary added that in order to ensure that the rest of the management of the hotel stay in the country to determine the final outcome of the issue, their passport had been taken from them by the police.

Information reaching the paper indicates that the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has interdicted about three of the former management of the hotel which include the General Manager Madam Matema Amanda.

The EOCO is said to be investigating the books of the hotel for allegedly failing to honour its tax obligation to the state for over two years.
<![CDATA[As of October 2015 - more than 3300 accommodation units licensed nationwide]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:56:56 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/10/as-of-october-2015-more-than-3300-accommodation-units-licensed-nationwide.htmlGhanaHotels.biz - According to the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), there are now more than 3300 hotels and guesthouses licensed nationwide. Showing the extraordinary development within just 7 years, Ghana has gone trough.
Sources of April 2007 published a number of 1,135 accommodation units licensed in Ghana. But clearly, there is much work required, to increase also the number of higher quality accommodation. Accommodation prices starting from about $6 to even $1400 per night and room. Hotels and guesthouses in some areas of Ghana using their location and charge high prices, without delivering the expected quality. This locations include Busua beach, as well as some accommodations near Mole National Park or the mountain regions of Ghana`s Volta region.

1,135 accommodation units licensed nationwide

Accra, April 26,2007 /  GNA - Mr Martin Mireku, Executive Director of the Ghana Tourist Board (GTB), on Thursday announced that 1,135 accommodation units nationwide had been given licence to operate as at the end of March 2007.

The licensing of these establishments is a yearly exercise done by the Ghana Tourist Board to ensure that operators in the hospitality industry were functioning within the set standards. Mr. Mireku, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said to enforce the set standards the board had put together a team of experts at the headquarters to check operators in the hospitality services every quarter.

"The Ghana Tourist Board will from next month start a regular exercise aimed at maintaining high standards in the hospitality industry."

He said there would also be a mid-year monitoring programme by the board to ensure that operators who had been given licences to operate maintained the standards all year round. Giving statistics, he said at the end of March this year there were 187 restaurants and 280 tour operators who had been given licence to operate.

There is also a check on the informal catering establishment, which include drinking bars and chop bars. Mr Mireku noted that there were a huge number of such informal joints in the country and the board had been able to licence 1,538 by March. There are 518 chop bars and the rest are drinking bars. He said the board had already trained teachers who would help the GTB staff in the enforcement programme.

Mr Mireku cautioned that operators who did comply with the set standards would have their establishments closed down and those who have been licensed would also need to show their licenses. "There are other measures by the board to ensure food safety," he said, adding that the board was also collaborating with the Ghana Standards Board for a nationwide training of hotel and restaurant operators to ensure food safety. 26 April 07
<![CDATA[National Theatre calls for support]]>Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:51:29 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/09/national-theatre-calls-for-support.htmlSource: GNA - Mrs Amy Appiah Frimpong, Acting Executive Director of the National Theatre, has called on stakeholders and institutions to assist the National Theatre to offer programmes that project positive images of the Ghanaian arts and culture.

She said this would help the theatre to deliver on its mandate of promoting and presenting the performing arts.

Mrs Frimpong said this at the launch of the second edition of the Ghana Theatre Festival 2015 held in Accra.
The theme: “Creative Arts: rethinking the contemporary,” would make the National Theatre to remain relevant through the delivery of artistic works that resonate with the audience and thus meet their expectations.

She said the festival provides a rare but unique opportunity to existing and potential practitioners to partner the National Theatre to stage their works.

She noted that the theatre is undergoing changes and said it is now the time to run as business entity to solicit for funds to enable the facility to embark on maintenance and infrastructural works.

She said arts are a part of any nation’s creative capacity, which spurs innovation and distinctive products that can attract tourists, businesses and citizens.

This, she added, would create revenue for local businesses and make the nation more attractive to tourists and visitors which results in positive economic impact.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, applauded management of the National Theatre for conceptualising such a fantastic and brilliant idea to showcase the quality performances for sustainable development in the country.

She expressed that even in challenging times, the National Theatre with its resident companies are still focused on its mission to develop and promote the performing arts through cost effective production and classical and contemporary live-staged and televised performances which projects national values and African personality.

She, therefore, appealed to the private sector, the diplomatic corps and donor communities to the support the National Theatre with cash of kind to enable it become the citadel of creative arts excellence in the country.

The minister expressed the hope that all the expectations of the various performances that been outlined for the festival would be carried out as planned to the satisfaction of the audience that would throng the theatre during the period.

The festival begins on October 12 with outreach programmes by the theatre resident groups namely, the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra to some senior high schools within the Accra Metropolis through October 14 and other activities till October 18.

See Here the National Theatre of Ghana info page
<![CDATA[TANO S: Adekyem Festival launched]]>Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:52:04 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/09/tano-s-adekyem-festival-launched.htmlThe Adekyem Festival of the chiefs and the people of Bechem Traditional Area have been launched at Bechem, the Tano South District Capital.

The Festival which has for its theme ‘’Unity and Development’’ would be celebrated in November, 2015 with a number of activities to be climaxed by a ground durbar.
At the launching ceremony which saw a number of dignitaries including the Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon Bukari Zakari Anaba, Mr. Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, the Adekyem planning committee secretary, in a welcome address said the festival which was instituted four (4) years ago by Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, Omanhene of the Bechem Traditional Area was aimed to raise money to establish an educational endowment fund to help brilliant but needy children of the area to go through their secondary education.

Mr. Adu Gyamfi said since the inception of the festival and the establishment of the fund, an amount of GH¢ 36,450 has been spent to sponsor twenty-seven (27) children through their three (3) year senior secondary school education and said, these twenty-seven (27) children cut across the Traditional Area and plans are afoot to even help some of these children through their university education aside those who would be catered for in the Senior High Schools in the subsequent years.

In an address, the Omanhene of the Bechem Traditional Area, Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II used the occasion to welcome all present and thanked all and sundry who had travelled far and wide to attend the launching ceremony and entreated them to prepare adequately towards the celebration of the main festival in November, 2015.

Nana elaborated the importance of the festival and its achievement and said the people of the Traditional Area has a history to tell and thus must not be kept in the dark but instead portrayed.

Nana advised the people to go into palm oil plantation which was introduced into the district as part of the Presidential Special Initiative Programme, and said by this, it will go a long way to feed the oil palm extracting factory established by the Bechem Traditional Council and which is sited at Bechem and also give employment to our youth.

Launching the festival, the Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said the institution of the Adekyem festival and its accompanying education fund has brought relief to some parents of the Traditional Area.

He said the launching of the festival as we have gathered today has made the people got to know some of the achievements of the festival and called on all and sundry to give their maximum support to the good course of the celebration and its intended purposes.

Mr. Anaba said, the Tano South District Assembly in its wisdom would also do all it can to make the festival a great one and said the government of the NDC attaches great importance to the role of Traditional Authorities in our Democratic dispensation and as such festivals of our Traditional Areas must be given the necessary boost to uplift tradition.

Hon. Anaba assured Nananoom that the Bechem town roads would be tarred as soon as possible and also thanked the Hon. Member of Parliament for the Tano South Constituency, Hon. Hannah Louisa Bisiw for using her good offices to lobby for the siting of the government’s Agric Broiler Project in the Brong Ahafo Region specifically in the Tano North District which is a sister District and said, this project would go a long way to give employment to the people of the two sister Districts.

Mr. Frank Owusu Yeboah who chaired the launching ceremony called on all to support the good course of Nananom by the institution of the festival and the establishment of the educational fund and entreated all to embrace the idea and contribute meaningfully both in cash and kind to support the next Adekem Festival which has duly been launched.

Source: Barnie K. Agyeman/Ghanadistricts.com

<![CDATA[Dzodze Deza festival launched]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:48:13 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/1/post/2015/09/dzodze-deza-festival-launched.htmlThe 14th Dodze Deza festival has been launched in Accra, with a call on citizens of Dzodze and other members of the public to patronise the event to enjoy the rich heritage and culture.
The festival which would be starting on September 25 to October 3, at Dodze in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region, is to commemorate
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the efforts by the Dzodze forefathers in bringing palm trees to the area, which has largely benefited the people.

Togbe Dey III, Divisional Chief at Dzodze, said the institution of the festival has brought enormous development to the area as well as bringing unity and reconciliation.

He said the festival has for instance brought unity among the chiefs in the area, bringing an to end chieftaincy disputes.

Togbe Dey called on sons and daughters of Dodze as well as members of the public to attend the festival and witness a display of true culture and heritage.

Mr Egbede Felli, Chairman of the Dodze Deza festival planning committee commended the chiefs of the area for instituting the festival which has helped brought unity and reconciliation.

He said the festival is worth celebrating as the oil palm industry has immensely benefited the people.

He said even though the industry took a nosedive some years ago, the festival provided the platform for its rejuvenation and it has since been helping in creating employment for the people.

He said the committee has acquired more than 60 acres of land for a oil palm plantation and appealed to government to help in acquiring seedlings for the farmers.

He also called on investors to take advantage and come on board to support the oil palm industry which is very lucrative.

Mr Kofi Dzakpasu, Retired Educationist and Founding Member of the Dodze Deza festival urged the festival's organising committee to properly streamline its finances and be transparent.

He advised that proceeds of the festival be used to institute a scholarship scheme to support needy but brilliant students from the area.

He also advised the organisers to ensure that the festival is devoid of partisan infiltration.

He also urged the kingmakers in the area to help in getting a substantive paramount chief for the traditional area.