The capital of and by far the largest city in Ghana (the first colonized British Commonwealth African country to gain independence), Accra sits on the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. In the last few years a great deal of Chinese investment has flowed into Accra for infrastructure and other developments. Labadi Beach, also known as Paradise Beach, is a leisure destination of good hotels, where many Accra event venues are found.
The airport of the city is Kotoka International Airport (ACC), which is six miles northeast of the city center. Airlines serviced by the airport include Alitalia via Rome; British and Virgin via London Heathrow; Delta via New York City and Monrovia, Liberia; Iberia via Madrid, KLM via Amsterdam and TAP via Lisbon, among a few others.
Convention venues in Accra begin with the Accra International Conference Center in the Christiansborg area of the city (where Danish Colonials built a fort). AICC can host up to 6,000 persons and has six exhibit halls, the largest able to seat 1,600 persons and five meeting rooms (two of which can fit up to 205).
Hotel venues in Accra that can ably host international groups include the 238-room Golden Tulip Accra, which has five meeting rooms for up to 300 persons; the new, 196-room Novotel Accra City Center, which has seven meeting rooms, the three largest able to host 50 persons each; the 168-room Holiday Inn Accra Airport, which is actually about a mile and a half away from the airport and has also five meeting rooms for up to 300 persons; and the 109-room, very African and cosmopolitan African Regent Hotel, which has five meeting rooms and the ability to host receptions of up to 350 persons. On Labadi Beach is the 152-room La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, which has a beach, 30 acres of space and meeting space that includes a ballroom able to host 1,500 persons.
Unique venues in Accra include the National Museum, which was built in 1957 to celebrate independence and has a library, seminar room and outdoor sculpture garden, among other spaces; Cape Coast Castle Museum, which chronicles the country's Colonial history – when Ghana was known as The Gold Coast – and has conference rooms, gardens and a courtyard; Cleaver House, a European residence-turned-corporate events space, which has eight event spaces that can host banquets for 120 persons and meetings and other events for up to 100; the iconic, 120,000-square-foot National Theatre of Ghana, which can host seminars, conferences and receptions and houses a symphony orchestra, among its other cultural pluses; and Sankofa Beach House, which is away from the hubbub, right on the edge of the city in Langma Village and has a wonderful mixture of sea and savannah, five guest rooms and oodles of outdoor event space.
The cuisine of Accra is varied (Chinese restaurants appear quite numerous) but often features fish, sitting as it does on the Gulf of Guinea. The trendy, modern Firefly Lounge is where today's Accra movers congregate; La Chaumiere has long been celebrated for its excellent fare, while the Citizen Kofi Entertainment Center's Xango is another trendy, delicious spot that gathers together the city's beautiful people. Two good restaurants at small, relaxed, beachside resorts are the Labadi Beach Restaurant at a 164-room hotel of the same name and Anigye Fie, which specializes in lobster and grilled snapper, at the 75-room Ramada Resort Accra Coco Beach, a tidy hotel that has three meeting rooms, the largest of which can seat 200 persons.
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