Diasporian News Wed, 7 Jan 2004

Ghanaian Restaurants Urged to Help promote tourism

Mr. Kwabena Baah-Duodu, Ghana’s Acting High Commissioner to the UK has urged Ghanaian restaurants to play a vanguard role in attracting British and other tourists into the country.

He said by virtue of their strategic locations in various parts of the UK coupled with the Ghanaian exotic cuisine and proverbial Ghanaian hospitality, the restaurants could positively win the hearts and souls of tourists and investors for Ghana.

He called on owners of Ghanaian restaurants which were doing well to consider replicating their services in Ghana in order to help supplement government’s efforts at creating job opportunities in the country.

He made these observations during the official opening of the Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant in Norwood, South London.

Mr. Baah-Duodu was particularly pleased about the determination of the proprietor to open the doors of the restaurant to all nationalities in the UK and to create a conducive environment to suit all tastes.


He stressed that the Mission would, from time to time, supply tourist and investment information inputs to enhance the knowledge of clients about the tourism and investment potentials of the country.

He urged Ghanaians and friends of Ghana to patronise the restaurant and use it to their advantage.

Mr. and Mrs. William Quagraine, owners of the plush restaurant appealed to Ghanaians, people of African descent and other nationals to patronise the restaurant and assured them that it would at all times satisfy their tastes.

The opening of the facility drew in a large number of Ghanaians, friends of Ghana within the London Metropolis including two of Ghana’s high profile highlife musicians, Mr. Ben Brako and Alfred Bannerman who thrilled the crowd with a rendition of some of their captivating tunes.

The opening of the multi-purpose complex which has facilities for conferencing, banqueting and exclusive facilities to meet the taste of clients with special interests, brings to over 20 the number of British-Ghanaian restaurants operating in the London metropolis.