The popular and luxurious Villagio Apartments in Accra has been closed down by officials of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) because apparently, the apartments' owners do not have licence to operate.
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) on June 3, 2019, closed down the luxurious Villagio Vista, the famous collection of apartments and restaurant in Accra, because Villagio's owners do not have a licence to operate the establishment.
According to Kuulpeeps.com, the GTA has placed a closure notice at the premises and given the management 24 hours to ensure that all clients check out of the facility.
The move follows a nationwide exercise commenced by the GTA to enforce the law in clamping down on illegal operators in the hospitality and tourism sector.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GTA, Akwasi Agyeman, said licensed institutions that do not meet the standards required by the Authority would not be left out.
Agyeman was quoted as saying: “It is quite unfortunate that some people will decide that I want to establish a hotel, a hostel, a restaurant, a guest house but will not go through the needed process.
So we have decided to once again to go and weed them out. So all illegal operators that we have, we are embarking on the exercise to weed them out."
Villagio, located in one of the most expensive parts of the capital, is home to the famous and wealthy. It is estimated that monthly accommodation could cost about $1,800 or GHC 9,700.
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Source: Yen Newspaper