The General Manager of high-flying Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Brian Efa is set to bow out of office, effectively from October 1, 2020, following the takeover of the property by a new management.
Earlier in the month, Brain Efa had been on Naija7Wonders Zoom Conference, where he shared how he and his team made profit during the COVID-19 lockdown when other accommodation facilities were recording losses.
Speaking to ATQNews.com on his imminent departure, recently, Mr. Efa said, “I am happy to inform you that after nearly two and a half years, I will be stepping aside as Ag. General Manager of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort effective 1st October 2020.”
According to him, an agreement had been reached between him and the Akwa Ibom State Government, owners of the hotel, to handover the property to a management company.
As Acting General Manager of the independent hotel, following the departure of the previous management, Marriott International, Efa and his team have worked tirelessly to reposition the hotel and its profitability, with room occupancy moving up from 35-40% to 85% and full occupancy.
While acknowledging that the last 2 years, 9 months has been the most challenging in his over 15-year career, Brian noted that it was a great pleasure serving his state.
He has decided to spend the next couple of months with my family, whom following his appointment, he had been living separately from since 2018. Brian Efa hopes to also take time to chart a new course of action for the development of the industry.
He wishes the new management company the best as they takeover.
It will be recalled that Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort was among the Top 3 resorts named by panelists on the Naija7Wonders virtual conferences, during the first phase which ran for 12 weeks from mid-June to early September 2020.