Category Archives: Tourism

Marriott International And Landmark Africa Group Announce Signing Of Renaissance Lagos Hotel And Marriott Executive Apartments

….The 25 floor hotel will feature the 216 room full service Renaissance Lagos Hotel and 44 room Marriott Executive Apartment offering extended stay apartments with space, ambience and the privacy of residential living

Marriott International Scoops Two Major Industry Awards in South Africa

Voted Best Business Hotel Group and Best International Hotel Group at the Business Traveller Africa Awards 2017

Entrenching its position in Sub-Saharan Africa as a leading hospitality provider in the region, Marriott International [] bagged two major hotel category awards at the Business Traveler Africa Awards for 2017, recently held in Cape Town.

Nigeria Receives Less Than 3 Percent Of Arrivals Into Africa

The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria [FTAN], says that less than three per cent of tourists visiting Africa annually choose Nigeria as their tourism destinations.

Karim Rabo, the FTAN president, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday that the figure was low compared to other African countries that usually recorded huge patronage of international tourists.

Travel Press Cautions Lai Mohammed Over Frequent Changes At Tourism Agency

Umbrella body of travel and tourism journalists in the country, the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism [ANJET] has cautioned the Minster of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, over happenings at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation [NTDC] that has seen the appointment of three acting director generals for the tourism body within five months.

The body described, in a statement issued Tuesday, described the trend as creating instability as well as tainting stakeholders’ confidence in Nigeria tourism in addition to dampening the enthusiasm of the agency’s workforce.

It would be recalled that a circular issued from the Office of the Head of Service, Friday, had announced the appointment of another Acting Director General, Dr Paul Adalikwu, for the tourism regulatory agency, barely two months after Mariel Rae – Omoh had assumed duties.

Adalikwu, a director in the Ministry of Water Resources, who served as aide to immediate past Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, was appointed in an acting capacity subject to confirmation of appointment.

It would also be recalled that Rae – Omoh in December last year had taken over from Boniface Eboka, a senior director at the NTDC, who was appointed in November as acting DG following the de-secondment of Sally Uwechue – Mbanefo as Executive Director.

The travel Press posited that the frequent change of leadership at the NTDC spells a negative indicator for the industry capable of further worsening the fortunes of tourism, still struggling to make any impact in the country’s struggling economy.

“We believe the minister may not have been informed about the true state of affairs at the NTDC before these appointments which has seen four different acting DGs all in a space of five months, in the same NTDC.

“We restate that we are not against the recent appointment of Dr. Paul Adalikwu. However, we frown at the spate of appointments and changes at the helm of affairs at the corporation, which we believe does not augur well for business in the tourism industry or even at the NTDC itself, especially the morale of the workforce.

“This position is also in view of the sack of up to 15 senior members of staff in the gale of terminations which swept through the corporation last Friday. These frequent appointments can only damage the confidence of stakeholders and other investors alike in the industry which is still struggling to find headway in a difficult economy like ours.

“We are of the opinion that wave of appointment of acting DGs under five months is not the panacea to solving the myriad of problems at the NTDC or in the tourism subsector of the country. The action of the minister, therefore, can only be a recipe for worsening the problems at the NTDC rather than solving it. This is aside the unwholesome prospects instability, disharmony and mistrust among the staff in the corporation which these changes portend.

“If Government insists on continuing with this present change, we believe that the desired purpose envisaged by the minister may not be achieved as it would rather divide the ranks of NTDC and that of the industry whose confidence and thrust would have been eroded by the action of the minister, which by implication means Adalikwu may not enjoy seamless support from the industry and his staff,”
Meanwhile, the Acting Director-General Dr. Paul Adalikwu, has described Tourism as the alternative to oil.

Adalikwu, who said this in his inaugural meeting with the staff at NTDC corporate headquarters in Abuja, gave the assurance of repositioning the industry and the Corporation as well as reviving the Presidential Council on Tourism.

He added: “We shall work with the National Assembly, all other stakeholders to restore NTDC’s lost grounds, to enable the corporation move tourism in the country to the next level.

“We shall engage and partner with state governors who are serious to develop Tourism in their states. While, I will ensure that all NTDC’s zonal offices are positioned to deliver on the Corporation’s mandate.

He further said that the Corporation should be renamed as the “Nigerian Tourism Authority” in line with global best practices, Adalikwu promised to engage relevant stakeholders for improved funding of the sector and the Corporation.
“Let’s join hands. Through team work, we would reposition this industry. I came here to work. Give me time, I’ll deliver. I am very focused on making positive changes in the Corporation and the Tourism Industry. If you have ideas on how to advance the Nigerian tourism, come to me,” Adalikwu told the staff.

While disclosing his intention to work on getting a befitting corporate office for the Corporation, the NTDC boss said he would establish more departments in the Corporation to enable the agency deliver on its core mandates.

Marriott International Opens First Hotel In West Africa With Sheraton Grand Conakry

[], part of Marriott International, [], today announced the debut of Sheraton Grand in Africa with opening of Sheraton Grand Conakry [], welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognized for their exciting destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.

The newly built hotel marks Marriott International’s entry into Guinea, West Africa and joins a portfolio of more than 35 Sheraton Grand properties worldwide, with destinations spanning Istanbul, Dubai, Bangalore, Beijing and beyond.

“Sheraton has a strong heritage in Africa that dates back to 1971,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

“Over the last four decades, the brand has maintained its first mover advantage through strategic pipeline development and growth plans, giving global travelers access to more destinations in every corner of the globe. Sheraton Grand Conakry not only marks our entry into a new country, but will also create a halo effect for the brand and serve as a great example of our transformation efforts.”

Within easy reach from the international airport, Sheraton Grand Conakry is conveniently situated in Conakry’s up-and-coming trendy Kipe district. With an enviable ocean-front location, the hotel introduces modern, elegant design, signature brand programming and an elevated guest experience for business and leisure travelers in the heart of West Africa.

All 269 well-appointed guestrooms boast breathtaking ocean views, offering unmatched comfort and the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience. Contemporary design and local touches blend to create a distinct and vibrant aesthetic.

The 49 Sheraton Club rooms and suites offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge, a private space where guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks during the day. Leisure facilities include an extensive 300 square meter fitness center with cutting edge equipment available 24 hours a day, a luxurious infinity pool and an invigorating Shine Spa.

The hotel’s distinctive dining venues create an eclectic culinary voyage. The all-day dining restaurant, Feast, features Mediterranean flavors, Asian influences as well as modern interpretations of traditional Guinean cuisine.

Guests can also indulge in homemade French pastries, freshly brewed coffee and juices at La Parisienne coffee shop and bakery. Overlooking the sea, Hot & Blue offers relaxed tapas and cocktails by the poolside. Sheraton’s inventive lobby bar menu concept, Paired, combines artisanal small plates with unexpected pairings served alongside suggested premium wines at the O2 Lounge.

With more than 1300 square meters of dedicated and unparalleled meeting space, Sheraton Grand Conakry features a lavishly appointed Grand Ballroom with state-of-the-art facilities and endless connectivity through high-speed Wi-Fi, along with 15 meeting rooms and a fully equipped business center.

The hotel provides both choice and flexibility, making it an exclusive option for large scale business meetings, social events, weddings or even smaller intimate gatherings.

“We are proud to be the first Sheraton Grand in Africa and Indian Ocean, and to join the existing roster of esteemed hotels and resorts worldwide,” said Helga Deboeck, General Manager of Sheraton Grand Conakry. “We have worked diligently to ensure the hotel goes above and beyond to deliver a fresh, modern and memorable experience to our guests setting a new benchmark of service within West Africa.”