Tour operators searching for criminal framework to sanitise enterprise

 Tour operators searching for criminal framework to sanitise enterprise

The Tour Operators’ Union of Ghana (TOUGHA) has known as for a regulatory framework a good way to compel excursion operators and agencies to perform legally withinside the country...

According to the Union, currently, there are most effective a hundred and ten excursion operators who're professional, certified and in appropriate standing.

Speaking in an interview with the Graphic Business in Accra on November 16,2021, the President of TOUGHA, Mrs Alisa Osei-Asamoah, said that once the arena become sanitised, it'd in the end allow the union to honour its tax responsibilities effectively, renew its licences, pay salaries of team of workers and enhance sales withinside the tourism enterprise withinside the long-run.

“Any man or woman or enterprise that need to perform as a excursion manual have to to begin with collect a licence from the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and be part of the Union for you to perform professionally and legally", she pointed out.

Mrs Osei-Asamoah expressed problem approximately the manner a few radio stations ran ads on air for a few excursion operators and agencies while certainly they have been now no longer certified to perform.

“We are, therefore, advertising ourselves via the diverse media retailers and sensitising the general public to allow them to recognize that we're the proper humans to deal with," she noted.


Domestic tourism

Mrs Osei-Asamoah located that the (COVID-19) generation had taught TOUGHA a lesson to make sure that the Union must now no longer entirely depend upon traveler arrivals into the u . s . a . to enhance the enterprise however to as an alternative whip up public hobby in home tourism.

Post COVID-19 Era

She defined that the Union become looking to enhance home tourism withinside the publish COVID-19 generation via way of means of sending out flyers on traveler webweb sites at the diverse social media structures including that the Union have been capable of negotiate with vehicle condominium agencies, lodges and different key gamers withinside the hospitality enterprise to lessen their quotes to inspire patronage.

That, she noted, could make visiting of webweb sites and exciting locations attractive,low cost and competitive. “COVID-19 has taught us a lesson and the important thing factor is we're now focussing on home tourism and that is in which we have become a few sales to interrupt even" Mrs Osei-Asamoah said.

She defined that now agencies, households and excursion makers had all offered into the concept of home tourism and “as a minimum we have become some thing to pay our team of workers and over heads".

“It is essential to take a spoil and move on a excursion to traveler webweb sites and exciting locations; now it's far low cost to do this to make sure that while you resume paintings you're refreshed and I have to say home tourism is medicinal” she located.


Mrs Osei-Asamoah said that the GTA had signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with TOUGHA to perform a double-decker train to decorate metropolis excursion of webweb sites.

“The bus, that could select out 50 passengers at a time, is likewise for hiring purposes; adults pay GH¢ 60 at the same time as tertiary and number one college students pay GH¢30 and GH¢20 respectively” she in addition revealed.

“Since the 12 months 2000, our techniques have concerned advocacy actions, ability constructing and sensitisation programmes, investments in nearby infrastructure for the merchandising of practices which might be culturally sensitive, revolutionary as well as economically possible and ecologically sustainable”she said.


TOUGHA is the frame representing excursion operators withinside the u . s . a .. It is included as a Limited via way of means of Guarantee Entity via way of means of the Registrar General’s Department of Ghana according with the Companies’ Act of 1963 (Act 179)

and recognized via way of means of the GTA. It is likewise a member of the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) and affiliated to different continental and international tourism organisations.

TOUGHA become installation to, amongst different things, convey collectively registered excursion operators and foster appropriate running dating amongst them.

The Union is likewise anticipated to steer tourism law and make a contribution to tourism improvement, make sure excessive requirements withinside the fine of tourism services and products in addition to create attention for home tourism.

It additionally has the mandate of liaising with global establishments for the improvement of tourism and subculture in Ghana.

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