As the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to widen globally and here in Ghana, the hospitality industry in Ghana is not left out.
One would have assumed businesses will return to normal after the easing of restrictions but a visit by ABC News team to some hotels and restaurants in Accra proved otherwise.
Low patronage continues to be one of the biggest challenges faced by most of these hotels and restaurants in the capital.
Few workers, empty chairs and open places was the scene at the Alisa Hotel where Rooms Division Manager, Yvonne Izzo took the team on a tour.
According to her, only six to seven people patronize the hotel in a day, compared to the over hundred people the hotel was receiving in a day prior to COVID 19.
These six, Madam Izzo mentioned, only come in for brief meetings and enquiries about rooms and conferences, adding that some also come in to pick up their take away orders.
She is wondering when this pandemic will subside so she can see her colleagues who have been asked by management of the facility to go on extended leave or work from home.
Yvonne Izzo also spoke about monies spent on personal protective equipment (PPE’s) and disinfectants at the facility.
“We are spending so much money to ensure that we are all well protected here even though we are not making money – you see how bad the situation is,” She stated. “People are afraid to come out, there’s still that fear that you might contract Covid-19 if you visit open places,” she added.
The situation at the Alisa Hotel is similar to what is happening in a lot of these facilities where the team visited.
Workers of some of the hotels and restaurants told ABC News that these are difficult times but they are still hopeful of better days soon, while others continue to wallow in anger because they are not making enough money.
The Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Ghana has incurred losses running into $171million as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sector Minister, Barbara Oteng Gyasi revealed that the amount was for the period of March to June this year alone, due to lack of operations.