EXCLUSIVE IN­TER­VIEW with Dr. Aus­tine Eruo­tor

with Pres­i­dent of WHITE HOUSE HOTELS, La­gos.

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Hospi­tal­i­ty9ja’s first in­ter­view chat with the owner of a renowned in­dige­nous ho­tel brand in Nige­ria. In this in­ter­view with Dr Aus­tine Eruo­tor, Pres­i­dent of The White House Hotels, you will learn about the pos­si­ble chal­lenges, own­ing or man­ag­ing a ho­tel and also rea­sons why Nige­ria is a tourist des­ti­na­tion and also a place with loads of in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. We the team of hospi­tal­i­ty9ja ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tri­otic Nige­rian, Dr Aus­tine Eruo­tor for tak­ing out time from his busy sched­ule to grant us this sec­tion:

We un­der­stand you have two Hotels? Yes, both in Ikeja, the first which is the old­est in Toyin Street, while the new­est in GRA Ikeja.

When did you open your first ho­tel? 2004. The sec­ond one in G.R.A. was launched five years later.

Can you tell us how busi­ness has been so far? We thank God. Busi­ness has been very good. But re­cently we’re do­ing aver­agely as the econ­omy sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try is af­fect­ing our busi­ness and the Govern­ment is yet to im­ple­ment the 2016 bud­get.

Apart of the cur­rent econ­omy sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try, what are your chal­lenges so far? There are lot of chal­lenges, but the ma­jor one is spend­ing so much on pur­chas­ing diesel. Nige­ria has power is­sues from time to time. Power is key in mak­ing guests com­fort­able. The sec­ond is pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity, if you look around you will find mo­bile po­lice men, this is to keep our guests se­cured. These are nu­mer­ous chal­lenges as we spend so much on them due to the sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try.

De­spite the chal­lenges, do you guar­an­tee guest’s 24 hours power sup­ply? Yes, we en­sure there is al­ways power, we of­fer guest sat­is­fac­tion, by pro­vid­ing all their needs to have a mem­o­rable stay. Guest sat­is­fac­tion is al­ways our pri­or­ity.

Since you have been in the Hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness, have you ever con­trib­uted to the growth of the so­ci­ety? Yes.

What and how have you con­trib­uted? Through Youth em­pow­er­ment. Over the years, we have sup­ported the Nige­rian youths in the en­ter­tain­ment In­dus­try. We started as an en­ter­tain­ment out­fit be­fore branch­ing into Hotels and en­cour­aged artist like Tu-face, Rugged man, Ti­maya, Wande coal and so many oth­ers, as a mat­ter of fact, D-banj launched his first ever al­bum in White House Ho­tel. In the past, as an en­ter­tain­ment out­fit, we or­ga­nized a show Rock the Mic, where artist show­case their tal­ents by per­form­ing and earn­ing sup­port, fi­nan­cially and oth­er­wise.

What is the most in­ter­est­ing as­pect of be­ing part of the hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try? The so­cial as­pect, meet­ing peo­ple, mak­ing con­nec­tions, which helps gen­er­ate busi­ness leads and help busi­ness grow and learn­ing

from these peo­ple.

Do you have plans for ex­pan­sion? Def­i­nitely Yes. There is al­ways need for col­lab­o­ra­tion and growth.

Do you think they are op­por­tu­ni­ties for for­eign in­vestors? Nige­rian tourism is a big sec­tor yet un­tapped. So yes, I think there are loads of op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vestors. For ex­am­ple the Caribbean Is­lands, St. Lu­cia and oth­ers have same cli­mate as Nige­ria and their ma­jor rev­enue is from tourism, Nige­ria has lots of tourism po­ten­tials, yet to be dis­cov­ered.

As a well trav­elled busi­ness man, what makes Nige­ria dif­fer­ent from other coun­tries you’ve been? Nige­ri­ans are unique and very happy peo­ple, most hos­pitable and friendly. Nige­ria is one of a kind, a place to be and I urge any­one who hasn’t been here to come and see. Nige­ria is a rel­a­tively safe coun­try, as ev­ery coun­try has its chal­lenges.

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