Swiss International expands with two hotels in Lagos and Asaba in Nigeria

In the picture are from left to right: Mr Bola Nubi Business Development Director Nigeria, Dr. Wasiu Babalola, Managing Director for West Africa (both Swiss Interntional), Mr. Samuel Onukwuli, Chairman/CEO D'Palms Airport Hotel Limited and Mr. Joachim Ologunleko, Hotel Consultant to D'Palms Airport Hotel.

In the picture are from left to right: Mr Bola Nubi Business Development Director Nigeria, Dr. Wasiu Babalola, Managing Director for West Africa (both Swiss Interntional), Mr. Samuel Onukwuli, Chairman/CEO D’Palms Airport Hotel Limited and Mr. Joachim Ologunleko, Hotel Consultant to D’Palms Airport Hotel.

The development brings the total number of hotels to 6 on the African Continent in Nigeria (3), Morocco (2) and Sierra Leone (1)

Baar (CH) /Ras al Khaimah (UAE), Lagos (NGR), April , 2014 – This week Swiss International added two new hotels in Nigeria after 6 months of the opening of Swiss International Mabisel in Port Harcourt. The hotel, D’Palms at Lagos International Airport will be re-branded to Swiss International effective June 1. The Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Mardezok in Asaba will open its doors on July 1, 2014.

 Swiss International D’Palms Lagos Airport is located in Ajao Estate, with an easy access to Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The hotel is counting 60 rooms and suites and will be expanded to 112 by January 1, 2015. Upon completion, the Swiss International D’Palms Lagos Airport, will offer upscale and spacious accommodation, a Swiss Café – Restaurant & Lounge, a TED & Co – Bar & Lounge, an Eventives Center for Meeting and Events and an Inspirations Pool & Gym. The outlets are all branded with Swiss International concepts.

Known as the “Big Apple” of Africa, Lagos is a multicultural city with high development where the inbound travelers are increasing year on year.

In the picture are from left to right: Mr Bola Nubi, Business Development Director Nigeria, Dr. Wasiu Babalola, Managing Director for West Africa (both Swiss Interntional), Arc Ambrose Okuhor, Chairman/CEO Mardezok Hotels Limited and Mr. George Evripidou, CEO/MD Castley Group- Hotel Project Contractor.

In the picture are from left to right: Mr Bola Nubi, Business Development Director Nigeria, Dr. Wasiu Babalola, Managing Director for West Africa (both Swiss Interntional), Arc Ambrose Okuhor, Chairman/CEO Mardezok Hotels Limited and Mr. George Evripidou, CEO/MD Castley Group- Hotel Project Contractor.

 Commenting on the event, the Owner of D’Palms Airport Hotel in Lagos said: “we have been looking for an international brand where we can be different from our fellow hotels in Lagos, which license system is offering our Management team the right level of coaching through which we can exceed the guests expectations.” An European General Manager will be appointed shortly and all the staff will undergo extensive training from the Swiss International Business school.

Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Mardezok in Asaba, will be the first and only internationally recognized branded hotel in the capital of Delta State in Nigeria. The hotel will offer a

“Swiss Café, Restaurant and Lounge”, a “BOX Meeting & Events” and an “Inspirations Swimming Pool”

Located on the Western edge of the majestic River Niger, Asaba hosts mainly the UAC

Nigeria PLC, known during the British colonial times as the Royal Niger Company which

was set up to stimulate trade and export to England.

Arc Ambrose Ukuhor, the Chairman/CEO of the Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Mardezok-

Asaba mentioned: “we are delighted to be part of Swiss International. The affiliation will

bring us the products, the services and experience that we need to make a successful

debut in Asaba.”

Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Mardezok will open its doors and will officially welcome customers in July 2014.

“With the growing numbers of travelers to Nigeria and the growing economy of the country, we understand that there is a need for unique hotel brands such as ours”, said Henri Kennedie, Chairman and CEO of Swiss International.

“Following the successes of Swiss International Mabisel in Port Harcourt, the two new hotels will extend Swiss Hospitality Quality alongside the facilities and services to the other states of Nigeria”.

Dr. Wasiu Babalola, Managing Director for Western Africa added: Our plan for Swiss International is to become a leading brand in Africa. The availability of our company’s 3 brands; Royal Swiss (Luxury), Swiss International (Upscale) and Swiss Spirit (Mid-market) will make it possible to reach our objective for this year to grow from the current 6 to 15 by 2015. For that purpose we have opened Business Development offices in Lagos, Togo, Ghana, Morocco and Angola.

Globally, Swiss International is going through a determined expansion program, with the objective of having 150 hotels by the year 2020.

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