The Akwa Ibom State Government has projected an increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the tourism sector following the appointment of the Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria by the government to manage its Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort.
The Chief of staff to the Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen who represented Governor Udom Emmanuel at the handover ceremony charged the Icon Hotels & Resorts management team to bring their expertise to bear in managing the hotel.
He expressed optimism that the hotel will contribute to the state’s revenue with inflow of tourists and businesses.
The government said the appointment of Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of one of Africa’s leading hospitality management companies – Icon Hotel Group Africa – as managers of its Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort. This is in a bid to further grow Tourism and Hospitality potentials of the state as economic activities resume nationwide.
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Congratulating Icon Hotels & Resorts on the appointment, the chief of staff stressed the need to onboard innovative ideas in attracting patronage for the hotel and the tourism development of the state.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting the new managers in the discharge of their duties as both parties collectively ensure that Ibom Hotel becomes one of the leading hotel brands in Africa.
He said: “We expect that in the next 12 months the hotel should manifest a new culture and environment to attract patronage” urging the new management to shun victimisation of workers and stressed the need for them to use those already working there, especially those who are good at their jobs. ‘’
On his part, the CEO of Icon Hotel Group Africa Fred Maina thanked the government for trusting their competence and expertise in turning around the fortunes of the hotel for the better.