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Ghana Tourism Federation appeals for incentive package amidst coronavirus shock

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Wednesday 25th March, 2020

Accra, March 25, GNA
– The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) has appealed to Government to grant its
members incentives to compensate negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on
the industry as confirmed cases in the country rise to 53. The Federation is
seeking for subsidy in water and electricity tariffs, suspension of taxes such
as VAT, Tourism Levy, National Health Insurance Levy, Property rate and
Business Operating Permit.

A statement signed
by Mrs Bella A. Ahu, President of the Federation and copied the Ghana News
Agency, expressed concern about the drastic effect of COVID-19, which is
crippling various institutions across the globe more especially, the tourism
and hospitality industry.

The Federation said
it has, in the past two weeks, engaged its trade associations across the
country in all the 16 administrative regions of Ghana, noting that the impact
of the disease on businesses of trade associations’ members was huge and scary.

“The Federation is
therefore appealing to the Government of Ghana and its implementing agency
Ghana Tourism Authority for support,” it said.

It also appealed to
government to help with the supply of essential commodities such as washing
detergents, sanitizers, dispensers, nose masks, hand gloves, thermometer guns,
Veronica buckets, handwashing soaps, tissue towels and cleaning materials at
highly subsidized prices.

The Federation
called for more stakeholder engagements during and after the crisis and urged
its members to stay calm and adhere to the directives of the World Health Organisation
and the Ghana Health Service.

GNA

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