Cavista Holdings, the new managers of Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort in Ekiti State said it plans introducing agro-tourism to the resort as part of its plans to reposition and attract more guests to the renowned resort.
According to The Nation, a subsidiary of Cavista Holdings, Glocient Hospitality, are the new managers of the resort.
Speaking on his group’s efforts to introduce agro-tourism, the Executive Director of the Cavista Holdings, Mr. Dele Odufuye said: “In addition to enjoying nature and healthy ambience, the resort will practice agro-tourism where everything that would be served at the resort will be grown from the resort’s farm. Our guests would have the opportunity of seeing vegetables and other ingredients for their meals sourced directly from our farms. They will not only enjoy the healthy ambience but also healthy meals sourced from our farm.”
Reacting to the recent award of Best Resort in Nigeria bestowed on the resort by the Hotel Managers Conference of Nigeria during their annual conference in Owerri, Imo State, Odufuye said it took a lot of efforts to transform the resort within few months from being disused, to start taking in guests and currently enjoyed healthy patronage from guests from within and outside the country.
He talked about the mission of the holdings and why it decided to invest in the resort: ‘At Cavista Holdings, we are driven by the belief that business should be a force for good. Our primary focus is on investing in the world’s most underserved regions, where we strive to bring together capital, expertise, and partnerships to unlock opportunities, create value, and transform lives. ‘Our investment strategy is centred around promoting economic development, job creation, an improving communities around the world, especially in Nigeria.
“To this end, we have diversified our portfolio across various sectors, including agriculture, energy, hospitality, mining and technology to advance our mission.
‘Today, we are active in Agriculture through Agbeyewa Farms, located in the heart of Ekiti State. We are in the hospitality business through Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ekiti State which recently won the Best Holiday Resort in Nigeria at the just concluded Hotel Managers Conference held in Owerri, Imo State last weekend. Ikogosi is managed by our subsidiary – Glocient Hospitality Limited. We are also active in Technology through Cavista Tech and PayZeep, our financial technology product that is set to take over the market soon.
The General manager of Glocient Hospitality the hospitality management arm of Cavista Holding, Mr. Sharafa Lanre Balogun said: “When we took over the resort, you couldn’t even walk round the resort. It was overgrown by weeds; the place was very uninhabitable. ‘’In three weeks, we made the resort habitable. Cavista Holdings under the chairman, Mr. John Olajide has invested massively in the resort. ‘’We have been able to transform the lives of the people around Ikogosi. We inherited some staff, we upgraded them. We started taking in our first guest on December 26, 2022.