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Ibom Icon Hotel & Golf Resort unveils new reward programmes

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IBOM ICON Hotel & Golf Resort has introduced new performance reward programs for its staff.

The management recently introduced two key initiatives “ICON Gold Star Award” (IGSA) and “ICON Departmental Efforts Award Scheme” (IDEAS) aimed at rewarding individual as well as departmental performances to motivate its workforce to greater achievements.

Every month, Managers are expected to nominate junior employees who have performed excellently for recognition and rewards through the ICON Gold Star Award program.

The winner of the monthly reward program is to receive a cash reward of N50,000 a Certificate of Excellence and have his/her portrait prominently displayed at the Front Office for recognition. The first and second runners up are to also receive cash reward gift of N30,000 and N20,000 respectively as well as Certificates of Excellence.

For the ICON Departmental Efforts Award Scheme (IDEAS), the management of the Hotel will identify, recognize and reward the highest performing department. The winning department would be rewarded with a cash prize of N100,000 and a Certificate of Recognition.

According to the management, IBOM ICON Hotel & Golf Resort, “our workforce are key players who deliver efficient services and memorable experiences to our guests. We consider every employee has a talent who can transform every service opportunity to a unique experience that our guests will be glad to share wherever they go. Our priority is to ensure every guest who stays with us leaves happier than they were when they booked in with us, as such our staff at all levels are poised to ensure that our guests have great stories to tell about every tot of whiskey we pour out, every slice of bread we toast, every piece of bedding we lay and every good morning we say”

It takes a workforce that is motivated, passionate, engaged and dedicated to deliver world-class hospitality services and the Management of IBOM ICON Hotels and Golf Resort is determined to ensure that such great workforce is in place. The program has so far motivated staff in each department to work together as a team in order to achieve their departmental goals and stand a chance of winning the Award. This is a big win for the hotel as each department now puts in extra efforts to ensure high performance, quality service delivery and achievement of goals and targets.

The Hotel also noted that it has witnessed a sudden increase in performance and service quality since the inception of the program which is a clear testament of the motivational effect of the reward program on the people.

“The introduction of these two performance-based reward programs, among other staff incentives, is a landmark Human Resources strategy that is transforming our employees to superstars in terms of performance and quality service delivery. We know that a happy staff make happy guests and at IBOM ICON Hotel & Golf Resort we are set to take that happiness to the next level”, they added.

Easter eggstravaganza at IBOM ICON Hotel & Golf Resort

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The management Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort is promising guests and diners a memorable experience this Easter season. To this end, the hotel will line up an array of entertainment activities themed “Easter EGGSTRAVAGANZA.” Activities for the Easter celebrations will commence with a Good Friday TGIF Party to be hosted at the hotel’s Marina which is renowned for its serenity and attraction. The Good Friday TGIF Party would feature an outdoor disco setup, mouth-watering meals, as well as a Celebrity DJ appearance to play for entertainment.

Guests and diners will also be treated to an Easter Sunday brunch at the hotel’s Vista Restaurant and Family Pool Party. Diners will be entertained with exciting games to win fantastic prices ranging from Sunday family fun day BBQ brunch voucher, discount on bills, and complimentary brunch vouchers. They can also request for a special table setup with Easter themed giveaways containing chocolates, candies, Easter-colored eggs, trinkets etc.

In addition, entertainment at the brunch and pool party also promises to be top-notch and will feature Mc Chico and co, Bouncy Castle, Live band, Easter Egg Hunts, Egg Coloring Station, Easter Essay Competition, Swimming, Egg painting contest Dance Competition, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter-themed photo booth and Kid’s area with indoor and outdoor games.

Speaking about the hotel’s activities, Head, Sales and Marketing, IBOM ICON Hotel & Golf Resort, Daniel Lordis, stated that the hotel is pleased and ready to receive visitors within and outside the state.

“Our services during this period have been planned to cater for every single guest visiting the hotel and all activities/entertainment have been creatively designed for their delight. We are happy to also feature special packages suitable for families who intend spending their vacation at the hotel during the holidays. These packages are all a three nights – four days’ stay starting from Good Friday to Easter Monday and categorised into Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Package.

Ufot Heads Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort Board

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A seven-member board to oversee the affairs of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort has been inaugurated with Mr. Udeme Ufot MFR as Chairman.

According to a statement, inaugurating the board on behalf of the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, recently, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, charged members of the board to ensure that the hotel meets the aspirations of the government and people of Akwa Ibom State in terms of optimal performance and revenue generation.

He stressed the need for the board to work in synergy with management for optimal productivity of the hotel.

He also urged the board members not to attempt to usurp the functions of the management.

Ekuwem, expressed confidence that members of the board would bring their wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of their duties by providing effective guidance and leadership to management towards ensuring quality services that will attract patronage and generate revenue for the state.

“There could be no better choice of Chairman for the hotel than Udeme Ufot who is a distinguished professional and businessman, recognised nationally and internationally as a marketing communications professional of repute.

“He brings to the assignment a triple value of passion for the hotel, understanding of the industry and professional marketing savvy. He would also be the perfect bridge between the hotel management and the state government. The Governor therefore expects the very best from him,” the SSG stated.

Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of Icon Hotel Group Africa (IHGA), a pan-African hospitality giant was recently appointed to turn around the fortunes of the hotel.

Responding on behalf of the board members, Ufot expressed appreciation to Emmanuel for the privilege to serve the state, and the confidence reposed in him and the members of the board. He pledged to make the facility the most attractive destination in West Africa for meetings, incentives, conferences and entertainment, stressing that the facility was one of a kind in West Africa.

“Let me thank His Excellency the Governor for the honor and privilege given to us to superintend over this prime asset of Akwa Ibom people.

“It is truly a unique opportunity and a great call to duty. One of the things I want to promise His Excellency is that this board will ensure that this common asset of Akwa Ibom people becomes the most attractive business and leisure destination in West Africa, and indeed Africa. That is the challenge we would set for ourselves.

“The Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort has tremendous potential and it will be our mandate to fully realise that potential,” Ufot stated.

He further assured that members of the board would work assiduously to align with the government’s economic objectives in line with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Completion Agenda. He also assured that the board would align with governments economic aspirations of increasing the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.

The Icon Hotels Africa roup is reputed to be one of the fastest growing end-to-end hospitality service providers on the African continent, offering high level consultancy on different aspects of hospitality and management of projects from foundation to completion.

In just nine years of existence, the hotel group has become an industry leader with demonstrable expertise in the conceptualization, actualization and management of world-class hospitality projects in different parts of Africa.

With a strong footing in East Africa where its name strongly resonates in the hospitality industry, IHGA has in recent times made inroads into the West African sub-region with Nigeria and now fast establishing presence in Benin Republic, Senegal and Cameroon.

A new dawn for Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort as handlers, Icon Hotels & Resorts set to drive tourism growth in Akwa Ibom

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There’s a new dawn for the hospitality subsector in particular and the tourism industry generally in Akwa Ibom State.

The recent appointment of Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria as the new managers of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo, the state capital, is a clear signal that great times have befallen the state’s tourism sector which has been waiting to be explored. Indeed, this development couldn’t have come at a better time especially following the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on the sector.

It has been reported that the tourism and hospitality sub-sectors have been hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic on a global scale with growing and staggering estimate of the industry loss. The situation is not very different in Nigeria and Akwa Ibom state where hospitality is one of the major sub-sectors planned for economic growth. Losses are unquantifiable.

The appointment of Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of Icon Hotel Group Africa (IHGA), a pan-African hospitality giant, for the arduous task of turning around the fortunes of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort is one that has been hailed by industry players and commentators as a step in the right direction. This comes on the heels of the pedigree the Icon Group has in African hospitality management.

The group is reputed to be one of the fastest growing end-to-end hospitality service providers on the African continent, offering high level consultancy on different aspects of hospitality and management of projects from foundation to completion. In just nine years of existence, the hotel group has become an industry leader with demonstrable expertise in the conceptualization, actualization and management of world-class hospitality projects in different parts of Africa.

With a strong footing in East Africa where its name strongly resonates in the hospitality industry, IHGA has in recent times made inroads into the West African sub-region with Nigeria and now fast establishing presence in Benin Republic, Senegal and Cameroon.

In Nigeria, The Group announced its entry grandly when it brought its expertise to bear on the successful turnaround of the former Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, through its Nigerian subsidiary – Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria. The exercise saw a complete turnaround and rebranding of the hospitality facility to become BWC Hotel, offering best-in-class services that compare with any hotel in Lagos and, indeed, the world.

That is the pedigree Icon Hotels is onboarding for the management of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, the flagship of hospitality in Akwa Ibom State. With the new development, there is heightened excitement in the hospitality industry and indeed the State on the prospects of a turnaround of the fortunes of the hotel. Indeed, expectations are quite high on what it portends for the state’s economy in the short, medium and long run, beginning with enthronement of an improved culture of excellence in service delivery, dinning experience and welcoming ambience in line with international standards befitting of the hotel’s global clientele.

Recall during the handover ceremony, Governor Udom Emmanuel underscored the high expectation of the management company’s performance in the next 12 months. The governor, who was represented by his chief of staff, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, pledged the support of his government to Icon Hotels & Resorts Nigeria in the discharge of their task in ensuring Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort becomes one of the leading hospitality brands on the African continent. He sought innovative ideas that would attract patronage for the hotel by the hospitality managers and in particular the tourism development of the state.

Without a doubt, the hospitality giant led by the czar of hotel business, Mr. Fred Maina – the Group Chief Executive Officer of IHGA, pledged the company’s commitment to ensuring a fully revamped and globally competitive hotel brand within the shortest possible time.

According to Fred Maina, IHGA & its subsidiary, IHRN have a well-crafted and efficient business and operating model that will enable the hotel record unprecedented boost in customer experience from service delivery, excellent cuisine and ambience with international standards and well-trained personnel. IHGA excels in the area of professional training and development and is committed to bringing East African excellence in training on international hospitality best practices to bear on the staff of the hotel, while providing training opportunities to other hospitality service providers in the State.

Mr. Adetope Kayode, the Chief Executive Officer of Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, echoed the same sentiment at the prospects of the improved fortunes of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, which means a lot not just to the hotel, but the State in general.

According to him, it will signpost the future of tourism development in the State, creating value and boosting the State’s economy. With the expected rise in standards of service delivery to bring it in line with what obtains globally, the hotel is expected to become the benchmark for the standard of hospitality services in the state – one that other service providers would strive to emulate in order to be competitive. This is a positive development for the rich hospitality culture for which Akwa Ibom is well known.

There is also the fact that management of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort by the renowned hospitality experts will transform guest experience at the hotel into a full-fledged resort experience for diverse groups including corporates, leisure seekers and families. One of the stated objectives of the Icon Group is to transform the hotel into the undisputed premier destination for MICE in the country.

Truly, something good has come to the hospitality industry in Akwa Ibom State.

Ibom Icon Hotel Excites Guests With Special Christmas Activities

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Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort, one of Nigeria’s leading hospitality brands is assuring guests of an unforgettable experience at the Hotel during this festive season. The hotel which recently had its management handed over to the Icon Hotel Group will from 24th of December 2020 to the 1st of January 2021 entertain guests to a lineup of special activities.

This includes a whole day of Christmas buffet with mouthwatering cuisines comprising local and continental dishes, special carol night featuring cake cutting, Family Picnics at the Resort, Excursions with Packed Lunch, Live Band Performance, Fun Activities for kids as well as various outdoor sports such as metro walks, acrobatics, golfing, bike riding, swimming etc.

Ibom Icon Hotel & Golf Resort is located in the safe environment of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with excellent infrastructure, sitting on 147 hectares of well-maintained landscape amidst pristine palm-tree forest and rivers, one feels immediately relaxed and invigorated. The hotel offers excellent accommodation in 163 rooms and suites on 5-star level, with restaurants and bars.

Speaking about the hotel’s offerings, Managing Director Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, Mr. Adetope Kayode has assured guests and visitors alike of an awesome and exciting experience at the hotel, noting that this was part of the new management’s commitment to provide top-notch services to all guests at the onset of its assumption as the hotel’s new managers.

He stated that “activities such as the special Christmas Carol Night and a whole day Buffet were created to provide guests and visitors with the desired atmosphere of merriment. It was also fashioned as one of the hotel’s strategic decisions to provide a truly world-class hospitality experience this yuletide season”.

Kayode also said that customers can also experience the hotel’s exquisite cuisines and exceptional drinks serving at the Ibom Icon Pavilion at Uyo Christmas village. He encouraged visitors coming into state for leisure and looking forward to spending the Christmas holidays with their loved ones to come share their joy and happiness with some excitement at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort.

Ibom Icon Hotel &Golf Resort serves as a very good holiday destination with excellent services providing visitors with the feeling of a home away from home. The hotel is also an excellent choice for corporate events, conferences, AGM’s and team building sessions.

AUTHOR: OLUSHOLA BELLO

 

Akwa Ibom govt appoints Icon Hotels As Mgmt Company For Ibom Hotel And Golf Resort

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has announced 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 Uyo based 5-star Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort. This is in a bid to further grow Tourism and Hospitality potentials of the state as economic activities resume nationwide.

Performing the handover ceremony on behalf of the state government, the Chief of staff to the Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen charged the Icon Hotels & Resorts management team to bring their globally rated, authentic African hospitality-infused expertise to bear in managing the hotel.

While congratulating Icon Hotels & Resorts on the appointment, the governor stressed the need to onboard innovative ideas in attracting patronage for the hotel and the overall 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.

Governor Emmanuel 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 victimization of workers and stressed the need for them to use those already working there, especially those who are good at their jobs.

In response, Fred Maina the Group CEO of Icon Hotel Group Africa thanked the government of the state for trusting their competence and expertise in turning around the fortunes of the hotel for the better. According to the respected hospitality management czar, the next 12 months will see the Hotel recording tuned up customer experiences in services, refreshed ambience and world class trained personnel. It will also see the hotel significantly contributing to the State’s revenue with increased inflow of tourists and businesses.

In his remarks, Mr. Adetope Kayode the CEO of Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria thanked the State Government for the privilege given to the Company to take over the management of Ibom Hotel. Kayode expressed happiness at the confidence reposed in their management team and their ability to attract the best African hospitality talent to ensure the success of the hotel. While pledging his team’s resolve to change the fortunes of the hospitality outfit in the State to become a world-class venture, he said they have all it takes to turn around the hotel to the desired state.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Orman Esin had thanked the Governor for his resolve in ensuring that Akwa Ibom State remains a destination of choice and for allowing private sector participation in the development of the State’s economy, saying the initiative has brought about added value.

Rt. Hon. Esin lauded the governor for identifying a capable company to take over the management of the hotel. He further reiterated that the Government’s decision is in a bid to ensure that Akwa Ibom State reaps the dividends of democracy and a proof of the Governor’s selfless interest for the development of the State. He expressed confidence That the management team of Icon Hotels and Resorts will take the hotel to the next level and was optimistic their onboarding will add value to the state.

Also present at the ceremony were: Mr. Brian Efa, the outgone Acting General Manager of the hotel and Directors of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, amongst others.

About Icon Hotel & Resorts:

Icon Hotel and Resorts Nigeria (IHRN) is a subsidiary of leading African Hospitality Group – Icon Hotel Group Africa. IHRN has a vision to be Nigeria’s leading hospitality, leisure and recreation Management Company through its unique blend of indigenously grained global expertise following the group’s enviable reputation, growth success model and foothold across several African countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, etc.

Their objective is to become one of Africa’s top ten hotel chains by 2025 through: capacity, customer focus, profitability, human capital development, extensive continental footprint coverage, online presence and reputation, and high guest experience index scale.

Icon Hotel Group set to assume management of Akwa Ibom Hotel

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The management of Icon Hotels and Resort, Nigeria, has announced its appointment by the Akwa Ibom government as the manager of the state-owned Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort.

A statement issued by Mr Adetope Kayode, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Icon Hotels and Resort, Nigeria, on Sunday in Abuja said that the team was appointed, based on its ability and competence to attract the best African hospitality talents to ensure the success of the hotel.

The Icon team pledged its resolve to change the hospitality fortunes of the hotel to a world-class venture.
“We have all it takes to turn around the hotel to the desired state,’’ Kayode assured.

Meanwhile, Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, while reacting to the development, urged the Icon group to create innovative ideas that would attract patronage for the hotel and the tourism potentials of the state.

Udom expressed his administration’s commitment to partnering with the new managers to ensure that the hotel became a leading brand in Africa.

“We expect that in the next 12 months, the hotel will manifest a new culture and environment to attract improved patronage.

“I urge the new management to shun victimization of workers and retain the old staffers, especially those ones with track records of competence and efficiency,’’ he said.

Mr Fred Maina, the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Icon Hotel Group, Africa, assured that the next 12 months would see Ibom hotel recording improved patronage and contributing substantially to the internally-generated revenue of the state.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Ephrian Inyang-Eyen, said that the move was to further grow the tourism and hospitality potentials of Akwa Ibom, as economic activities resumed nationwide.

Inyang-Eyen urged the new management team to bring in its ‘’globally-rated African hospitality expertise’’ to take the hotel to greater heights.

Icon Hotel and Resort, Nigeria is a subsidiary of Icon Hotel Group, Africa, one of the continent’s leading hospitality management companies.

African Hospitality Management Brands must Reposition for AfCFTA

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Two recent landmark developments in Africa point to the need for hospitality management brands owned by Africans to reposition their operations if they are to effectively take advantage of these developments and compete with their counterparts from the European and North American markets.

The first development was the coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement on 30 May 2019 to create the world’s largest single market since the creation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).This has turned Africa into a single market of 1.2 billion people with a combined consumer and an estimated business spending of $6.7 trillion, offering some of the world’s biggest opportunities for investors.

Although Nigeria prevaricated on the signing of the agreement, President Muhammadu Buhari eventually appended his signature to the AfCFTA agreement at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in July 2019. Surely, the rest of Africa and international observers must have heaved a sigh of relief on this momentous occasion.

But the president’s assurance to the audience at the summit that Nigeria fully understands the potential of the AfCFTA to transform trade in Africa and contribute towards solving some of the continent’s challenges was not a mere sound bite. Five months later, in December 2019, he announced a new visa regime for African visitors to Nigeria.

This second milestone, which sees Nigeria giving visas on arrival to all African travellers instead of the hitherto requirement that they apply in advance, demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to free movement of Africans within Africa more than anything else. It also signposts a radical change in the number of visitors that the country will receive from now on.

Happily too, the new visa policy has thrown the doors wide open to diaspora Nigerians by birth. Under the new policy, Nigerians with dual citizenship can now enter and exit the country freely without obtaining the Nigerian passport or applying for a visa. Their foreign passports will suffice for immigration purposes henceforth.

Bearing in mind the enthusiasm around the AfCFTA agreement among African leaders and its potential to boost intra-African trade, there is no doubt that it will serve as a game changer for tourism and the hospitality management business in the years ahead. This is especially so as “leisure remains an important component of Africa’s tourism industry, taking up a majority 71 percent of the tourist expenditure in 2018,” according to the Jumia Hospitality Report Africa 2019.

In the midst of these developments, it is imperative for African hospitality management brands to begin to project their indigenous credentials strongly in their home base so that they are not left behind in the race for market share. Given that much of the European and North American hotel markets are highly developed and have little room left for wide-scale expansion, Africa is the obvious next frontier.

Although the Jumia report indicated that Africa is the second-fastest growing tourism region in the world, with a growth of 5.6 percent in 2018 after Asia Pacific and against a 3.9 percent global average growth rate, it will be a disservice to Africans if established hotel operators from outside are left to continue to dominate the scene.

As the battle for global domination among hotel groups heats up in the African market, indigenous management hospital brands must not relent in their effort to grab a sizable chunk of the market for themselves with bespoke offerings specially suited for the African traveller in the light of the expected upsurge in inter-African travels.

The industry needs a pioneer of true African-grown hospitality management business charting the path for others to follow, in the provision of end-to-end hospitality management solutions that push the boundaries with the required flexibility and dynamism to satisfy individual customers.

Such a brand’s affinity with the local customs and traditions of fellow Africans will enable it anticipate the needs of customers in ways that non-African brands can never imagine or hope to replicate.

Indeed, it is time for African hospitality management brands to brush up their acts and compete with international chains for an increasingly discerning clientele.

Article author Adewale Okoya, former Editorial Chairman of Financial Standard Newspaper writes from Lagos

Hope rises for African hospitality… as indigenous management companies soar

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At the 2019 edition of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last September, delegates from across the African hospitality sector were toasting to a bumper year for African tourism and travel.

They were celebrating the achievements of the tourism and travel industry, which contributed $194.2 billion to Africa’s economy in 2018, representing 8.5 percent of the continent’s GDP, as well as, offered 24.3 million African jobs, or 6.7 percent of total employment.

Impressed with Africa’s growth of 5.6 percent in 2018, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) described the continent as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific.

As well, this year, there are 75,000 branded rooms in 401 hotels in the pipeline across Africa; representing a growth of 51 percent in total pipeline rooms since 2015, according to the annual African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey by W Hospitality Group.

But the big global chains are still dominating, with Marriott International representing 81 hotels; Accor 57; Hilton 55; and Radisson Hotel Group 47 hotels in the pipeline, while countries with the largest pipelines; are Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia.

However, some African hospitality management companies are waking up to the challenge and improving on their management skills, gaining confidence of African hotel owners and impressing with world-class service and facility offerings.

From the Mantis Collection, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, Sun International, Serena Hotels, Icon Hotel Group Africa, and to many other indigenous hospitality management companies, Africa is beginning to raise home-groomed hospitality business managers who now understand that the enormous growth in the sector cannot be ignored or left to international brands.

Of course, African hospitality managers are now engaging in the scramble for their market share in hospitality management considering the boom on the continent.  Currently, there is an increase in intra-Africa travel with at least four out of every 10 travellers in Africa are from within the region. That means more guests for the hotels on the continent and more hotels to manage by the indigenous hospitality management companies.

Bearing in mind the need to address the shortage of quality hotels on the continent, as well as, to encourage patronage from Africa’s growing middle class, Icon Hotel Group Africa (IHGA) is among the management companies that are bracing up to the challenge.

The group, which is spreading its reach beyond its Kenyan base, is a fast-growing end-to-end African-grown hospitality hub that serves as a resource base for diverse core hospitality competencies across Africa and beyond.

A stay in Mount Meru Hotel or Palace Hotel both in Arusha, Tanzania, will attest to the world-class quality and commitment of the group to guide the development of international standard, yet culturally authentic hospitality assets on the Continent.

From the East, IHGA’s presence is now felt in West Africa starting with Nigeria. The turnaround at Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, which resulted in the rebranding to BWC Hotel by Icon Hotel GroupAfrica is a testimony to the sophisticated network of experienced professionals Icon Hotel Group has.

But the Icon Hotel Group Africa is looking to expand further in Nigeria. To ensure that, it recently appointed Adetope Kayode to drive its growth and expansion plans in Nigeria. With over 16 years work experience across many sectors, Kayode, whose career to date includes stints at KPMG, ARM, Mixta Africa and HTI Consulting, has achieved among many feats; leading a team that structured and established the first specialist hospitality and retail real estate investment fund in Nigeria. He is committed to the vision of Icon Hotel Group, which was conceived in 2008 as a response to the dire need of a homegrown hospitality management firm with a deep and holistic understanding of the hospitality sector in Africa.

He describes the Nigerian hospitality market as underserved by quality assets, creating a deep opportunity for a swift rollout of hotels as well as other hospitality, leisure and tourism assets in the key cities as well as other lesser known destinations across the country.

On the 17th of June 2019, Icon Hotel Group (IHG) representatives landed in Cadjehoun International Airport, Cotonou- Benin for a two day meeting with IKA Building SARL, the developers  of  the 30 million dollar five star Best Western Premier Breeze Hotel, and Sinoconst, the proposed Chinese contractors for the Hotel development.

On the Agenda was a site visit to assess the existing structure and a meeting to discuss the hotel project in totality including the funding options to finance the project to commissioning.

Mr. Kimani Guchu, Head Architect of the project,  gave an elaborate presentation giving a detailed explanation  of the modern African theme and wave concept he had designed and wanted to execute for the hotel.

Sinoconst’s Mr. Allan Gao expressed his commitment and eagerness to actualize the Hotel project. This led to the signing of anMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IKA and Sinoconst with IHG’s CEO Mr. Fred Maina and Martika Consulting’s Mr. Deo Kluvi bearing witness.

“We are extremely delighted that the overall meeting was a success and Icon Hotel Group as the operator is excited to go back to site for execution, completion and commissioning of the hotel,  that will probably be the most prestigious recreation, business and leisure address in Cotonou -Benin.” Concluded Mr. Maina.

IHG, Sinoconst, IKA &Martika Signing MoU as representatives from the companies witness. Front Row: Left to Right- Mr. Fred Maina (CEO- IHG), Mr. Wu Shuai (Finance- Sinoconst), Mr. Joseph Agunbiade (Promoter-IKA) and Mr. Deo Kluvi (Project Cordinator- Martika). Back Row, Left to Right: Ms. Nadine Mwihaki (IHG), Mr. Allan Gao (Sinoconst), Mr. Micah Mathenge (Sealdeal) and Mr. Magloire Denon (IKA).
Team Icon, Sinoconst, IKA and Martika during a site visit of the Breeze Hotel project in Cotonou- Benin

Team ICON Holds A Route-To-Site Strategy Project Meeting in Cotonou-Benin June 2019

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IKA, Sinoconst, IHG &Martika signing an MoU for collaboration in the Breeze Hotel Development Project From Left to Right: Mr. Fred Maina (CEO- IHG), Mr. Wu Shuai (Finance- Sinoconst), Mr. Joseph Agunbiade (Promoter-IKA) and Mr. Deo Kluvi (Project Cordinator- Martika)

On the 17th of June 2019, Icon Hotel Group (IHG) representatives landed in Cadjehoun International Airport, Cotonou- Benin for a two day meeting with IKA Building SARL, the developers  of  the 30 million dollar five star Best Western Premier Breeze Hotel, and Sinoconst, the proposed Chinese contractors for the Hotel development.

On the Agenda was a site visit to assess the existing structure and a meeting to discuss the hotel project in totality including the funding options to finance the project to commissioning.

Mr. Kimani Guchu, Head Architect of the project,  gave an elaborate presentation giving a detailed explanation  of the modern African theme and wave concept he had designed and wanted to execute for the hotel.

Sinoconst’s Mr. Allan Gao expressed his commitment and eagerness to actualize the Hotel project. This led to the signing of anMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IKA and Sinoconst with IHG’s CEO Mr. Fred Maina and Martika Consulting’s Mr. Deo Kluvi bearing witness.

“We are extremely delighted that the overall meeting was a success and Icon Hotel Group as the operator is excited to go back to site for execution, completion and commissioning of the hotel,  that will probably be the most prestigious recreation, business and leisure address in Cotonou -Benin.” Concluded Mr. Maina.

IHG, Sinoconst, IKA &Martika Signing MoU as representatives from the companies witness. Front Row: Left to Right- Mr. Fred Maina (CEO- IHG), Mr. Wu Shuai (Finance- Sinoconst), Mr. Joseph Agunbiade (Promoter-IKA) and Mr. Deo Kluvi (Project Cordinator- Martika). Back Row, Left to Right: Ms. Nadine Mwihaki (IHG), Mr. Allan Gao (Sinoconst), Mr. Micah Mathenge (Sealdeal) and Mr. Magloire Denon (IKA).
Team Icon, Sinoconst, IKA and Martika during a site visit of the Breeze Hotel project in Cotonou- Benin