Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Cosy Hotel in the Upper West Region, Mr. Eric Johnson has been crowned personality of the year in the region, for his immense contribution towards the development of culture and tourism in the area.
The CEO of the yet –to- be rated four-star Hotel located in Jirapa, was among some other players in the hospitality industry recognised for their achievements to the growth and development of tourism in the three Northern Regions of the country.
The Tourism and cultural Innovators award was put together by the Ministry of Tourism and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) to recognise some prominent individuals and institutions for their invaluable contributions to the overall advancement of tourism and hospitality business in the region.
On the night, Africa World Airlines, CDH Finacial Service, Zenga Crocodile Pond, Volta Lake Transport, Zaina Lodge among others were also awarded for their various roles in promoting tourism.
It was a night of tourism business and entertainment as the event was strategically designed to showcase the rich cultural heritage and tourism potential of the three northern regions.
Speaking to the media on side-lines of the event at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, Mr. Johnson, an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist who is passionate about developing his home region, expressed delight over the award, which he dedicated to the Upper West Region.
He said: “My core focus areas as an entrepreneur and CEO for the Royal Cosy Hotel has been the provision of a source of employment for the unemployed youth in my home region”.
He urged other entrepreneurs, multinationals to be more innovative and choose the region as a business destination, since that is a sure way to promote sustainable development in rural areas.
He pointed out that such direct investments will enhance the growth of the rural economy and transform the area into a thriving business environment.
Mr. Johnson whose Hotel facility has been rechristened Jirapa Dubai by the local folks noted, “the absence of creative and profitable engagements on the part of the rural population leads to boredom and promotes social vices”
The Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ghana, Pavelyn Tendai Musaka who chaired the event congratulated the awardees and urged them to adopt more creative ways to promote the region since it has a vast tourism potential.
The event was graced by the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed and officials from other state institutions in the region.
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