By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor
Airline crew and passengers travelling by way of the Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport (MMIA), Lagos have been known as upon to embrace premium hospitality companies as a brand new facility – Lagos Marriott Lodge, Ikeja – opens its doorways for enterprise.
The N45 billion infrastructure put collectively by SIFAX Group, an funding conglomerate spanning aviation, oil and fuel, maritime, haulage and logistic in addition to hospitality sectors, based on its managers, has been positioned to drive a hub standing for MMIA in West and Central Africa.
Talking at a briefing to herald the opening of the power subsequent week, Normal Supervisor, Lagos Marriott Lodge, Janse Van Rensburg stated the power was delivered after six years of spadework in a partnership with SIFAX Group and the famend world lodge model Marriott Worldwide.
The 250-bed, five-star lodge constructed on 11 flooring, has fashionable services, together with unique flight crew lounge, VIP lounges, 1,000 – capability ballroom, govt assembly rooms, 400- capability automotive park, 206 customary rooms, 44 suites; together with three presidential suites, properly geared up fitness center, continental eating places and different services.
He stated a crew from each teams had been working around the clock to make use of the infrastructure as a signature providing to redefine the nexus between the journey business and hospitality.
He stated although the corporate was acutely aware of the cluster of manufacturers round its location – Ikeja GRA, it intends to make the most of the worth of premium companies to drag the aviation and allied sectors to leverage patronage.
Utilizing the Lagos Airport as catchment, the managers stated they’re understanding a template to leverage worth to pool patronage for the power.
Rensburg stated the need to supply premium hospitality companies to the Lagos market was chargeable for the large funding within the lodge.
He stated: “”Each shopper of Lagos Marriott Lodge is about for an unimaginable premium expertise like by no means earlier than. We guarantee them of world-class hospitality, tremendous buyer satisfaction and royalty remedy. Frequent vacationers who’ve factors utilizing the Marriott lodge franchise globally may redeem their factors right here in Nigeria too. Now we have an in-club system for our premium members positioned on the primary ground of the lodge.
“The distinctive promoting propositions of this lodge are the assorted wonderful merchandise we provide our shoppers that are non-existent within the nation’s hospitality business. The safety of our friends could be very paramount to us and that’s why each door and window within the facility is bomb-proof. Our pricing can also be very commensurate with the standard that we provide.”
Rensburg additional famous that the lodge, which is within the basic premium class on the Marriott high quality rating, will probably be managed by the franchise proprietor, Marriott Lodge, for high quality assurance functions.
Talking additionally on the occasion, Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Restricted, the SIFAX Group’s hospitality subsidiary, applauded Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Government Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, for bankrolling the multi-billion naira funding, including that his imaginative and prescient of a premium hospitality enterprise in Lagos has manifested by way of the brand new lodge.
He stated: “The constructing of this lodge took us six years. We took our time to tastefully choose all of the supplies and gear that had been used as a way to serve our shoppers the perfect. As a person that has travelled all around the world and skilled first-hand hospitality at its peak, our Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, determined to construct this lodge in Nigeria as a way to promote the hospitality and tourism business in Lagos and supply alternatives to additional enhance the economic system.