The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) on Monday afternoon has reportedly closed down Villagio Vista, located in Airport West, Accra which provides accommodation and catering services.
This is because the facility does not have an operating license according to the Ghana Tourism Authority.
Consequently, 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.
Facilities targetted are hotels, drinking spots, restaurants, movie centres, service apartments, fast food joints among others.
The first phase of the operation commenced in the Greater Accra Region Monday afternoon.
Briefing the media, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr Akwasi Agyeman said licensed institutions that do not meet the standards required by the Authority would not be left out, Graphic reports.
“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,” he said.
He added that those whose standards do not meet the requirement will be given the opportunity to rectify their mistakes.
Mr Agyeman further stated that a national taskforce including security officers has been instituted to carry out the operations.