Despite the ongoing economic recession and poor infrastructure, Nigeria has remained resilient, as Hilton Worldwide and Quality Inspection and Testing Services Limited (QUITS) have sealed a new deal to construct hotel, in the country.
Hilton Worldwide, according to a statement, announced the signing of a management agreement with the Nigerian firm, QUITS to open a 350-guestroom and suite hotel in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital.
The pact, which was signed at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Rwanda, is set to open in 2023 and joins Hilton’s growing African portfolio of more than 80 properties in the development pipeline. According to a statement, the new development will see Hilton doubling its presence across Africa in the next three to five years.
The new initiative is in line with a new report by W Hospitality Group, Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, which has shown that new hotels in the development pipeline in Nigeria are up 20 per cent from last year’s figure.
According to the report, about 61 hotels are to be built in Nigeria in 2016 with a total number of 10,222 rooms. Other countries in Africa among the top 10 based on hotel rooms are Egypt (6,660), Morocco (5,681), Algeria (3,263), Tunisia (2,976), Kenya (2,956), Ethiopia (2,460), South Africa (2,058), and Senegal (1,943).
Justifying expansion into Nigerian economy, Senior Vice-President, Development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, Patrick Fitzgibbon, said that strong growth had been forecast for both domestic and international travellers using Murtala Muhammed International Airport, boasting that the new hotel would be well placed to meet traveller’s needs, offering an unparalleled level of design, comfort and service.
He added: “With a population of more than 16 million, Lagos is the seventh-fastest growing city in the world and the second largest in Africa, with much of the nation’s wealth and economic activities concentrated here. “The hotel in Nigerian capital Lagos, will be situated within close proximity to Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, as well as the passenger terminals at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which services travellers flying to hundreds of destinations around the world.
Chairman and CEO of QUITS, Mr. Sam Iwuajoku, stated that the signing of the agreement to open Hilton Lagos Airport was testament to a period of exciting growth and development for Lagos. He said: “Our plans to build an exceptional hotel at the international airport will revolutionise the traveller experience and also offer a state-of-the-art choice for conferences, meetings and events.
“We look forward to a very successful collaboration with Hilton Worldwide on this outstanding development. “Hilton Lagos Airport will comprise 350 guestrooms, of which 72 are suites, an executive floor and multiple food and beverage outlets, including a restaurant serving international cuisine; a specialty restaurant; a fashionable rooftop cocktail bar; and a hip night club.”
Meanwhile, Transcorp Hilton Abuja has received the Signum Virtutis (Seal of Excellence) in the Hotels and Resorts Category of the 2016 Seven Stars Global Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards. The Award Gala ceremony, according to a statement, took place at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain last Saturday.