Source: myjoyonline.com / 17.02.2015 - Food Services Company, KFC and Recreation Centre, Afrikiko both in Accra have been have been charged for non-payment of the Tourism Development Levy, over two years since its inception.
Movenpick Hotel which had paid Gh¢ 1.3,000,000. The levy is used to establish the Tourism Development Levy which has so far generated over Gh¢ 9,000,000.
The Board Chairman of the Tourism Authority, Akunu Dake told JOY BUSINESS, the this could have been way higher if all operators had complied.
“This is the first time such an exercise is starting with respect to the levy. We’ve been going through education, stakeholder engagements and so on. It’s not a siege mentality, we need the funding, we need them to be in operation, we just want people to be responsible and also to adhere to the provisions of the Act.
Every tourism operator is expected to submit a return on the levy and if you don’t do so you’re liable to pay the authority a penalty of 1 percent of the amount for each day the default comes up to one month and if unable to do so, the authority shall take legal action to collect the principal, the interest accrued and any penalty accrued and related legal fees.
So entities that have not paid, they’ll have to pay. We’re going to go through their books and we’re going to make sure that this is charged for them to pay” he said.
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