By Collins Yakubu-hammer
Abuja – Hiton has signed a management agreement with Quality Inspection and Testing Services Limited (QUITS) to open a 350 guest-room and suite hotel at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by Daniel Ford and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
“The hotel will be situated within close proximity to Ikeja as well as the passenger terminals at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which services travellers flying to hundreds of destinations around the world.
“The hotel will comprise 350 guest-rooms, of which 72 are suites, an Executive floor and multiple food and beverage outlets, including a restaurant serving international cuisine and a speciality restaurant.
“It will also have a fashionable rooftop cocktail bar, a hip night club, an elevated pool deck, with lavish gardens and a striking horizon pool overhanging the side of the property.
“This will provide breath-taking views of the surroundings and a unique leisure experience for an airport property; it will also feature a spa and fitness centre,’’ Ford said.
He explained that business travellers and event planners would benefit from a wide choice of professional facilities across the 2,600sqm event space, including a 1,350sqm ballroom and 500 sqm junior ballrooms.
Similarly, Mr Patrick Fitzgibbon, the Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide said that Lagos was the seventh-fastest growing city in the world and the second largest in Africa.
“Strong growth is forecasted in both domestic and international travellers using Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
“So, this exemplary new hotel will be well placed to meet traveller’s needs, offering an unparalleled level of design, comfort and service,’’ Fitzgibbon said.
Mr Jim Holthouser, the Executive Vice President, Global Brands, Hilton said the hotel would further solidify their presence in Nigeria and be a great asset to their Hilton Hotels and Resorts properties trading.
“We have great confidence in this growing market and are proud to be pioneering exemplary guest experiences across the continent with our range of Hilton brands.
“Hilton is set to more than double its presence in Africa in the next three to five years, to more than 80 hotels and is focused on further development prospects across the continent.
“This signing is in addition to the recent signing of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton, also with QUITS, with an additional 76 guest rooms to be added.
“Thus bringing the room count up to 130-keys; these properties represent the two most recent hotels signed at Lagos Airport.
“The Curio hotel due to open in 2017, will be the first within the airport environment giving guests and airline passengers alike unrivalled ease of access to the airport’s facilities,” Holthouser said.
In his remarks, Mr Sam Iwuajoku,the Chairman and Chief Executive Officering of QUITS, said: “the signing of the agreement to open Hilton Lagos Airport is testament to a period of exciting growth and development for Lagos’’.
“Our plans to build an exceptional hotel at the international airport will revolutionise the traveller experience and also offer a state-of-the-art choice for conferences, meetings and events.
“We look forward to a very successful collaboration with Hilton Worldwide on this outstanding development,’’ Iwuajoku said.
Edited by Ese E. Ekama