Tourism Minister Blasts Fake Hotels

Madam Memunatu Pratt, newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Culture has blasted what she referred to as the fake classification of hotels by the National Tourist Board (NTB) under the previous regime.

The minister, who was highlighting challenges and plans to revamp the sector, said she has realized that the NTB is ill-equipped and lacks the prerequisite capacity to properly standardize and classify hotels in accordance with international standards.

She noted that according to the Board’s previous classification, few of the hotels are rated as 3 Star and one as 4 Star, adding that the wrong classification of hotels has the potential of undermining the tourism industry.

Among her plans to improve the sector, she said is: to invest in tour buses, build capacity of Tourist Board, engage hotels and guest house owners, package domestic tourism, invest in small boats and create avenue for the creation of alternative power supply (solar energy) to hotels and others in the tourism industry.

She also spoke about her 5 years strategic plan for the industry, which includes the creation of a National Commission on Entertainment Culture and Arts, completion of the Cultural Village, address issues of Lumley Beach front view, embark of public education on tourism and culture, setting up of a media, IT and community engagement departments, review the tourism and cultural laws, review previous contracts signed, develop tourist sites and to address issues affecting the well-being of the National Dance Troupe.

She also threw light on other approaches she intends using to revamp the sector including, revenue mobilization, engage partners to invest in the industry, improve on the operations of tour guards, constructive dialogue with hotel owners on the way forward, motivate staff of the ministry and to attract investors to invest in sea transportation and for the establishment of at least 20 bed rooms guest houses, especially at Bunce and Bonthe Islands receptively.

She also bemoaned what she described as the deplorable and dilapidated status of the National School of Hotel and Tourism, which she said among other things, lacks up-to-date curriculum and staffing.

In a bid to upgrade the school, the minister disclosed that she has signed a 3 year contract with a Dutch based institution to help the school with staffing, standardize curriculum and to assist with other expertise that would help to transform the hospitality industry.

She also spoke about plans to collaborate with the University of Sierra Leone for the introduction of a BA course in tourism with the aim of improving the capacity of those working in the industry.

Madam Pratt further expressed disappointment over the nonpayment of tax by some government owned hotels including Bintumani Hotel, Cape Sierra Hotel, Lungi Airport Hotel and Radison Blu, while dilating on moves to standardize the airport hotel to serve flight crew for the purpose of changing their dresses and to as well prepare food for them.

The minister similarly spoke about other challenges affecting the industry, including the difficulty in acquiring Sierra Leone visa, astronomical cost of landing flight fees, expensive cost of air tickets, lack of information about tourist attraction sites in the country and low budgetary allocation to the ministry among others.

4 thoughts on “Tourism Minister Blasts Fake Hotels

  • July 3, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    START TRIALS NOW FOR ALL THESE (ALL PEOPLE ERNEST) PARTY- APE NOW!?…

    Very glad to hear that these THIEVES VECTOR FOEH AND CO-HORTS HAVE STARTED APPEARING COURT FOR MINDLESS, SENSELESS AND RECKLESS STEALING FROM THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE.

    VECTOR FOE A VERY VERY LONG TIME THIEF FROM THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE, SHUOLD NOW SPEND THE REST OF HIS HOPELESSLY SAD LIFE FOR EVER
    IN PRISON IN SIERRA LEONE, AMEN.

    THIS USELESS THIEF VECTOR FOE IS FIRST CLASS ENEMY TO THE FOLKS OF SIERRA LEONE. HE SHUOLD BE DAMNATION TO PRISON WAITING TRIAL AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE.

    VECTOR FOE, POULUST #KILLER CONTEL, PA SORIE SORRY SOW (PAT MOMOH SOW), YOSEPH KAMARA-YUSTICE FREESLUM KOROMA/KAMARA JFK-LOL, WEIRNEST KAMARA/KOROMA, FODAY SANKOH YASSANNEH, TITUS OLA OJU-BOYLE THOMOSON, THIS SICKEN BRAINLESS GORRILA APE-HUMANOID CALLED KAB KANU KURANKO BEAST, SAD SAMURA KAMARA ALL OF THESE VERY LOWEST
    APE PRIMATES-HUMANOID OF TENMINEE, LIMBA, LOKO, KURANKO, YORUBA-KUSHA-KRIOS OF VERY ROTTEN APE SOUL IN THEM HAVE MADE SIERRA LEONE
    THE KIND OF WORLD SADLONE LIVES IN TODAY.

    A VERY SAD LIFE INDEED.

    THESE SIAKA THIEVENS’S CHILDREN OF THIEVES SHUOLD BE BROUGHT IMMEDIATELY TO TRIAL FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE.

    VECTOR FOE IS A LONG TIME CRIMINAL ALONG PAT SOW, YOSEPH KOROMA/KAMARA, POULUST #KILLER COUNTEL AND THE APE-GOD FATHER OF ALL THIEVES weirdNEST KAMARA/KOROMA AND VECTOR FOE AND POULUST #KILLER CONTEL, PA SORIE SORRY SOW AND YOHN SISEY, KEMOH SISEY ETC, ETC. SHOULD SPEND THEIR LAST DAY IN HELL OF THE PRISON WALLS. god’s willing, AMEN.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 11:40 am
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    DID EVERYONE REMEMBERED POULUST #KILLER CONTEL OPENLY WITHOUT FEAR SAYING THAT HE HATES S.O.WILLIAMS AND WISHES HIM DEAD AND HE POULUST #KILEER CONTEL ENDS UP SADLY KILLING S.O.WILLIAMS!???…

    HAS SIERRA LEONEANS FORGET THAT POULUST #KILLER CONTEL OPENLY AND SADLY KILLED S.O.WILLIAMS, SO THAT MR. WILLIAMS WILL NOT EXPOSE HIM
    POULUST #KILLER CONTEL RECKLESS STEALINGS, WHEN AS, SO CALLED SADLY DEFENCE MINISTER

    A DEFENCE MINISTER!!!, DAY BROADLY KILLING HIS OWN SENIOUR OFFICERS OF THE SIERRA LEONE ARMY IN DAY BROAD LIGHT!???… AND THIS KIND OF SAD HOPELESS LIMBA SON OF A WHORE, BITCH AND SATAN LIMBA #KILLER DRUNKEN DRUNK OF PALM WINE LIMBA-EVIL, SAYING HE IS THE MOST PATRIOTIC LIMBA APE THAT SATAN HAD EVER CREATED FOR THE BLESSING OF SIERRA LEONE. SAD.

    SIERRA LEONE IS A CURSED OF THESE TENMINEE, LOKO, LIMBA, KURANKO AND SADLY ENOUGHT yuroba-kusha/krios a terrible curse to sierra leone to have the bad and sad fortune to have these cursed humanoid of Nigerian yuroba ancestorial cursed descendants in the sad mixed of Tenminee, limba, loko and kuranko ape humanoids of BACKWARD GENE IN THIER SOULS. SAD FOR SADLONE.

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  • July 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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    This VECTOR FOE a criminally thief, known in Sierra Leone as the ”FATHER OF ALL TIMES THIEF IN SIERRA LEONE” was one of the wonders and wise leadership of WEIRDnest APE kamara/koroma for ”SELECTING HIM, vector foe AS VICE PRESIDENT” for the GOOD OF SALONE developmental agenda.!???… sad!

    This THIEF ENDS UP STEALING EVERY CENT HE WAS PUT IN CHARGE BY HIS WISE APE-HUMANOID PRIMATE WEIRDNEST KAMARA/KOROMA. SAD.

    ANY TRULY LOVING SIERRA LEONEAN LOVING HIS COUNTRY SHOULD MAKE DOUBLE SURE THAT THESE APES-HUMANOID PRIMATES OF WEIRDNEST KAMARA/KOROMA AND HIS MINDLESS, SENSELESS AND TOTALLY RECKLESSLY INCOMPETENT ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR THE REST OF THEIR SINFUL SATANIC LIFE BEHIND THE WALLS OF A PRISON WALL. TRULY SO MY SIERRA LEONE FOLKS.

    IF THIS ?MAN BIO CAN’T FIGURE THAT OUT, THEN HE IS AS USELESS, MEANINGLESS AND INCOMPETENT AS WAS WEIRDNEST KAMARA/KOROMA,
    WHICH IS THE SADDEST STORY OF A CURSED SADLONE.

    WE ALL PRAY THAT JUSTICE AT LAST WILL COME FOR THE SIERRA LEONEAN FOLKS , god’s willing, amen.

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