Zimbabwean listed, African Sun Limited (ASL), has re-launched the Best Western Lagos under its management, reaffirming the hotel group as the leading pan African hospitality company with international brand associations and partnerships.
'The re-opening of the Best Western Lagos could not have come at a better time while we celebrate Nigeria's Golden Jubilee. Lagos is the business centre of West Africa, and the Best Western is perfectly located to provide the business community of Lagos with quality accommodation and services service as they work and look forward to the next 50 years of economic growth,' says Farayi Mangwende, Group Corporate Communications Manager for African Sun Limited.
Over the past 50 years the Best Western has been a hotel synonymous with providing the best hospitality services across the world, and that legacy will continue under African Sun's management.
"Nigeria is a very exciting market for us and The Best Western Lagos was a perfect fit with our strategy of increasing rooms in West Africa's growth cities. The Best Western Brand is well known in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe and becoming increasingly popular in Nigeria. This investment will also add value to the West African market in terms of international brand associations,' says Cornelius Nyahunda Operations Director for African Sun Hotels, West Africa.
The Best Western Lagos is located at the heart of Ikeja, 10 minutes from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The four star hotel has 112 medium sized rooms comprising four business express rooms, six business deluxe rooms, six suites and 96 business plus rooms; offering guests a variety of options for their needs. The hotel also features state of the art conferencing facilities for up to 100 delegates seated cinema style and 12 seated boardroom style, with must-have features such as wireless internet and a business centre. The hotel is conveniently located to provide guests with access to local culture and historical sites in Lagos including the Didi and National Museums, the Murtala Muhammad Memorial Botanical Garden, Lekki Conservation Centre and Lagos Zoo to name a few.
African Sun is not a new brand in the country; the group manages four other properties including Obudu Mountain Resort, Nike Lake Resort, Amber Tinapa and Utanga Safari Lodge. All ASL hotels in Nigeria employ Nigerian citizens to ensure skills transfer and best practice of pan African hospitality The African Sun Way ensuring growth through partnerships.
For more information on The Best Western Lagos you can contact visit www.africansunhotels.com or email to email@example.com
Obudu Cattle Ranch | Obudu Cattle Ranch Nigeria
Thinking of escaping into the middle of a rain forest, hiking through amazing scenery and viewing spectacular wildlife in the mountains? Where else, but Nigeria?! Cast aside your preconceptions and be prepared for Obudu Mountain Resort, formally known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, in the Cross River State. Flying in from Lagos is like entering a different world. The canopy of trees, protruding through the light mist over the border of Cameroon, veils the Sankwala Mountain wonderland, home to white-faced monkeys, Mbe gorillas and an array of other captivating wildlife.
And if you think you needed to pack a tent with your hiking boots you’ll be gladly mistaken. Nestling at the top of the mountain the Obudu Cattle Ranch Nigeria has traditional African round huts and chalets on stilts maximising the breathtaking views. On arrival, being a keen athlete, I was all set for my first hike – to reception. From the base of the mountain, it’s a winding 11 km road climbing to an altitude of 1600 metres. However, whilst 200 athletes race up the mountain every November; most guests opt for the cable car. At 4 kilometres long it’s Africa’s longest cable car system and gently transfers guests right to the reception area of the Obudu Cattle Ranch. It’s a spectacular and rather easier way to ascend the mountain than running up!
Other than search for rare species of baboon, gorilla and leopard from the Canopy Walkway what is there to do here? Well you won’t find flat plains with cowboys lassoing their cattle at Obudu Cattle Ranch! The name change to Obudu Mountain Resort is immediately understood given the facilities on offer. The water park is both a sight and an experience to behold. For children and adults alike this breathtaking playground evokes screams of excitement. Forget indoor, multi-coloured chutes, think stylish aluminium slides, hurtling you down the mountain, with the breeze whistling past your ears.
From Obudu Cattle Ranch to Obudu Mountain Resort transforms the image of ‘rustic’ to ‘luxury’ and it’s not only in the name. This is an African Sun resort, so expect the comfort and top-class service, which the group is famous for. I took advantage of the fully equipped gym and floodlit tennis courts, (there’s also a squash court and 9-hole golf course), before relaxing at the Terrace Restaurant complete with blazing log fire. This may be tropical Nigeria, but remember you’re at the top of a mountain!
Expect to discover idyllic tranquillity, breathtaking views and beautiful scenery at Obudu Mountain Resort (formally known as Obudu Cattle Ranch)
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation, home to over 15% of the continent’s people – it’s also Africa’s second largest oil producing nation after Angola. What is more, the country is tipped to be the second economic superpower on the continent - after South Africa - because of strong macroeconomic and political reforms and a growing consumer class.
However, the fact that national wealth is largely dependent on commodity exports, and oil prices have dropped by more than 50% over the past year, has meant that the government must look to other sectors, such as tourism, to bolster the economy. It was to this end that the South Economic Summit was held to promote cooperation between the region’s states.
African Sun, who was a summit sponsor, is committed to Nigeria and is increasing its investment in the region. To date, the group has provided employment for over 500 Nigerians and is planning on opening a hospitality school in the country. It goes further than business though, African Sun hosted Gabe Onah, special advisor to the Calabar Governor and Mrs Elenda Osima-Dokubo of the Cross River State Carnival Commission, at the recent tourism Indaba in Durban.
We believe that their presence at this event is a sure sign that authorities in Nigeria are taking tourism seriously. And well they should, since it is well positioned to provide immediate revenues and create advocates of the country as a destination for investment and travel.
When commodity prices rebound and the oil money is flowing again, the understanding of the role tourism plays in not just revenue generation, but nation building, should hopefully be well enough entrenched that the sector still receives the priority it is now being given.
The Tinapa Shopping Complex is located within the Tinapa Free Zone & Resort, Adiabo, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. It comprises four emporiums of 10,000m2 each and about fifty four line shops that range between 150m2 to 200m2 in size. The product mix will include lifestyle products, fashion and accessories, specialty goods, stationery and office equipment, leather and luggage, pharmaceuticals, food, fruit and vegetables, toys, telephones, cosmetics, coffee shops, home accessories, computers and gadgets, electronics and appliances, art and framing materials, banking services, courier/ logistic services, vehicle rentals, photographic services, and so on.
The Tinapa Free Zone & Resort, home of the Tinapa Shopping Complex, is a world-class integrated business and leisure resort conceptualised and promoted by the Government of Cross River State, South Eastern Nigeria, and implemented in four phases under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) with some private investors. Located by the Calabar River, and contiguous with the Calabar Free Trade Zone, it is the realisation of an exciting dream - the first integrated business and leisure resort in Nigeria.
The first phase of the Tinapa Business Resort & Free Zone was officially commissioned on the 2nd of April 2007 and is currently leasing retail and wholesale spaces to reputable retailers who are interested in tapping into the over three hundred million brand-hungry consumers in West Africa with more spending power than ever before.
Apart from providing shopping experiences for shoppers, Tinapa, Africa's Premier Business Resort, also offer world class facilities that allow for leisure and entertainment. Some of these facilities include:
- An open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events.
- A movie production studio commonly referred to as "Studio Tinapa" or "Nollywood". It is set to become the most modern film production studio in Nigeria. Visitors can watch an actual movie production taking place.
- An entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an eight-screen digital cinema, a children's arcade, international standard restaurants and a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs.
- An artificial tidal lake that feeds from the Calabar River
- A 243 room international hotel christened "Amber Tinapa" being operated by African Sun, South Africa.
- A Water Park (Leisure Land)
- Parking space for 4000 cars.
- A truck terminal
- An independent power plant that ensures uninterrupted electricity supply.