That Ghana?s Economy is the tenth fastest growing economy in the world, is not in doubt as this is demonstrated by the influx of investors into the country and the confidence the international community have shown in the country and the government.
One of the sectors of the economy that has shown tremendous growth in the last four years of the current administration under President John Evans Atta Mills is the hospitality industry.
The hospitality industry and the support it is receiving from the current administration, was the subject of discussion when Mr. Markus Luck, the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, an up and coming Hotel in the centre of Accra called on Ghana?s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland, Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, last Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Receiving Mr. Luck in his Belgrave Square office in London, Professor Danso-Boafo said, to meet the expectations of investors and tourists, his office is doing many new things to make business travel easy for any investor or tourist traveling to Ghana.
He said the mission is improving its office accommodation by recently renovating its offices at Highgate, in London, which houses the Trade, Consular/Immigration and Education sections and also the Security Agencies.
Professor Danso-Boafo said, his office is also improving the quality of service it offers to members of the public by improving the quality of its staff to handle investors, tourists and ordinary visitors to Ghana.
Currently, Ghana?s High Commissioner said, the Trade and Investment section is working closely with the Consular section to expedite travel documents for investors and travelers to Ghana.
Due to the rush for Ghanaian visas in recent times, Professor Danso-Boafo told his guest, the Ghanaian mission has introduced a 24 hour and 72 hour services to meet the deadlines of would-be travelers to Ghana.
As Ghana positions herself as the Hub of the West African Economy and the implementation of the Savannah Agriculture Development Authority (SADA) which is meant to open up the Northern part of the country, the government according to Professor Danso-Boafo, has opened up the Ghanaian Economy to both international and local investors who have the desire to take advantage of the government?s opened door policy.
The Kumasi Airport is currently under renovation and expansion while as a long term measure, plans are being made by the Ghana Airport Company to have more airports built to ease the congestion at the Accra airport due to increased air traffic with the arrival of new airlines.
Professor Danso-Boafo assured Mr. Markus Luck that the government of His Excellency President Atta Mills was doing everything to encourage Tourism and the Business community to come to Ghana and that means a boost for the hospitality industry, the sector where the Kempinski Hotel, would be playing a key role when completed.
Mr. Markus Luck commended Ghanaians for their proverbial hospitality and said during his short stay in the country, the display of the kind nature of the people has given him the confidence that the Kempinski Hotel when completed, was going to do well.
He informed His Excellency Professor Danso-Boafo that the 230 room and two presidential suite Hotel, is currently 80 percent completed with management hoping to partially open in December while it will fully and officially be opened in March next year.
Mr. Luck said his company was hoping to capitalise on the Ghanaian hospitality, combining it with the European culture and tradition to give their customers a feel of the two continents.