Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will from today, July 1, 2022, be known as Lancaster Hotel.

This is due to the leasing of the franchise by the joint owners, the Government of Ghana and the Government of Libya (GLAHCO) to some Lebanese investors.

According to documents in the possession of Joy Business, the Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi, will be rebranded as Lancaster Hotel. It’s unclear whether the Ghana Libyan Arab Holding Company Limited has completely sold its stake to the Lebanese company.

The Government of Ghana and the Government of Libya own 40% and 60%, respectively, of the hotels.

The two hotels will now be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and the Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel.

A letter from the General Manager copied to the heads of departments, read: “Achour Holding Limited, operating as Lancaster Hotels, will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July 2022, with the same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff”, the statement added.

Another letter from Lucy Ahedor, Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, said: “We wish to inform you that from 1st of July 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel, under this new name, will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities”, she added.

Some staff of the hotel, who spoke to Joy Business on the premises of the company today, July 1st, 2022, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the takeover and name-change of the hotel.

They, however, said their position on the takeover will be made known by next week.

Sources close to Joy Business indicated that the leasing arrangement was spearheaded by some government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a brand that franchises and manages hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; the Asian Pacific Region and the Americas.