Star­wood to open 45 more ho­tels in Nigeria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Adie Vanessa Of­fiong

Star­wood Ho­tels, own­ers of Sher­a­ton Ho­tels and Tow­ers, has an­nounced plans to open 45 new ho­tels in Nigeria within the next six years in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal part­ners.

Mr. Barry Cur­ran, Area Man­ager of the Star­wood Ho­tels, who re­sumed three weeks ago in Nigeria hav­ing worked 15 years in Egypt, said, “the ex­pan­sion which have oc­curred in the last five years have been very ben­e­fi­cial for our as­so­ciates in Nigeria. Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion, this has pro­vided pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for people who have worked in our old prop­er­ties.

On in­fra­struc­ture and re­gen­er­at­ing the ho­tel, Cur­ran agreed that Sher­a­ton La­gos needed ren­o­va­tion which he said will be­gin in June as a three-phased project with two floors.

Cur­ran who chose to come to Nigeria a coun­try he con­sid­ers ex­tremely ex­cit­ing and in ex­cit­ing time con­sid­er­ing that it’s been recog­nised as the largest econ­omy in Africa as per GDP said it was an easy choice to make hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with the Nige­rian team over the last five years at dif­fer­ent Star­wood con­fer­ences.

“I was quite im­pressed by the qual­ity of pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Nige­rian team I’d in­ter­acted with which made my de­ci­sion to come to Nigeria very easy.

With very lit­tle in­bound tourism into Nigeria and with most businesses be­ing govern­ment to govern­ment or cor­po­rate com­pa­nies, Cur­ran said he saw op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow tourism in Nigeria if key is­sues like se­cu­rity and visa pro­cesses were ad­dressed. “People want to feel safe when they travel and also coun­tries that are se­ri­ously into tourism, visa pro­cesses are very easy or vis­i­tors can get visas on ar­rival. This is some­thing that needs to be looked at if Nigeria will move in the tourism in­dus­try. Visa ap­pli­ca­tions need to be eas­ier.”

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