Obama slept in Holiday Inn during Ghana visit
President Barack Obama of the United States of America, spent the night together with his family at the Holiday Inn, the hotel’s management has said in a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com Tuesday July 14, 2009.
The hotel, which is situated about a kilometer from the Kotoka International Airport played host to the US first family during their first visit to Ghana, the first by President Obama to sub-Saharan Africa since he became president of the US.
Prior to Obama’s visit to Ghana, there was speculation that he would stay at the Holiday Inn, following security measures that were taken in the area. All businesses in the area were asked to close by 4:00pm Friday July 9, 2009 until Sunday morning and security officials in the premises were asked to register with the Ghana Police. But Ghana officials denied it. Indeed, even hotel staff denied it, claiming they have no knowledge about Obama’s stay at the hotel.
Holiday Inn is managed by Harare based African Sun Limited, one of the ambitious hospitality industry players in Africa. The company has already given strong indications of its desire to bite deeper into the tourism industry cherry in Ghana. It already has plans to use Ghana as a base to launch out into other West African markets including Nigeria.
According to the press release, President Obama and his family slept in the hotel’s Presidential Suite, Suite 509.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi