Tourism Minister inspects regional hospitality facilities
Sierra Leone, Freetown: To mark this year’s United Nations World Tourism Day, Minister of Tourism and partners have inspected hospitality facilities in parts of the Southern Region.
The inspection to various hospitality facilities in Bo District by Minister Dr. Memunatu Pratt and the administration of the Tourist Board of Sierra Leone was to inspect compliance commitment as well as to discuss with hospitality operators to get first hand information on coping mechanisms during this period of COVID-19, and how the ministry and partners can step in to give support.
Dr. Pratt was impressed with some of the many facilities visited, while she called on others to step up in their operations noting that hospitality operators have a critical part to play in terms of not only offering professional services to business and leisure tourists, but also to collaborate with the ministry and the tourist board to provide visitors with information on available touristic sites, in the various localities in the regions.
She maintained that tourism is part of the inclusive growth and the protection of the sector in the development of different sectors, especially goal 17 of the sustainable development for 2030 is crucial.
Hospitality operators welcomed the visit of the tourism minister and partners explaining some of the challenges the industry is faced with in the south, citing the access to professional staff, available food stuffs including frequent power outages which is the main source of keeping the business alive.
Galliness Paradise, Bintish hospitality facilities were rated as maintaining standards while many others because of the economic bite of the COVID-19 were asked to refurbish and reorganize, in order that after the rains hospitality doors will be ready to open for a fresh start of the tourism season which normally starts in November every year, including the Christmas season. AC/9/9/2021
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