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Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture launched a campaign for boosting the collection and payment of the 1% tourism levy to propel the hospitality industry. The sector Minister, Mrs. Catherine Ablema Afeku, said that if all players in the industry were collecting and paying the tourism levy properly, there would have been enough funds to develop the sector and develop the country’s tourism for competing internationally.
As per the Tourism Levy Regulation, which was fully operational in October 2012, a tourism operator is required to register with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and charge 1% levy on services it delivers. This levy is required to be submitted to the GTA through payment into a designated bank account within a month of each collection period.
Launching the campaign in Accra yesterday at a workshop organized by the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), Mrs. Afeku said that the government was bringing a number of initiatives to attract more people into the industry to widen the tax net and create more jobs. Afeku announced that Ghana would be hosting the World Tourism Forum on October 10, 2017 in Accra, and this forum would be held for the first time in Africa.
She stressed the need for members of the federation to follow to standards in customer care, safety, security and infrastructure, to ensure Ghana is fully prepared to meet international standards.