The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Tourism and Cultural Affairs yesterday inspected four hotels in Freetown.
The General Manager of the Tourist Board, Cecil Williams informed members of the Oversight Committee at his office at Cape Sierra Hotel before the inspection tour, the number of Government hotels leased out to private business people and also the number of privately owned hotels.
He told them that Bintumani Hotel was leased to the Chinese for 25 years whilst Cape Sierra has also been leased to NASSIT for 25 years while Brooksfield Hotel is used by the Ministry of Marine Resources and a School. Mammy Yoko he said, has also been leased for 25 years to West African Holdings and the Lungi Airport Hotel leased to the Cape Management.
At Family Kingdom, the Parliamentary Committee was taken on an inspection tour of the Kingdom. They were shown the royal hall, swimming pool for kids, the villas, the empire and the various suites.The General Manager of Family Kingdom, S.A Jaward explained that tourists were not visiting the country because of the high cost of air tickets and also explained that they did not use the NPA light but their generator which costs a lot. The Committee also visited Cape Lighthouse Hotel, Bintumani Hotel which is undergoing refurbishment and Solar Hotel.
By Ishmael Bayoh