By Jimoh Babatunde
The Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia A. Njeze, has revealed that the success recorded in air safety in Nigeria by the government will be taken to the next level as they want to ensure the comfort of passengers.
Speaking at the breaking ground of Hilton Lagos Airport by Aero Marine (West Africa) Limited and Hilton Hotels and Resorts, the Minister said she is happy that the government has come out to support the private sector in the attainment of high comfort in the industry.
While noting that the hotel on completion will create wealth and jobs in the country, the Minister promised that the ministry will continue to support private sector in provision of infrastructure at the country’s airports.
The ceremony, which had in attendance the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Sen. Jubril Martins-Kuye, was also attended by Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide and Deepak Seth, Vice President Development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide.
Chief Okunowo, Chairman of Aero Marine (West Africa) Ltd., said “We are very excited to commence work on this project. When anyone checks into a Hilton hotel, they expect the very best in service and hospitality and it”s those world-class standards that we will be bringing to the Hilton Lagos Airport.””
The 250-room hotel is located on Murtala Muhammed Airport Road, within easy reach of the international airport. The hotel, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013, will become the second hotel operated by Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Nigeria and will feature a pool, fitness and health spa, a fine dining restaurant, lobby bar and pool snack bar plus three large meeting rooms and a ballroom.
“Today”s key milestone moves us closer to welcoming our first guests to the Hilton Lagos Airport. With its prime location and facilities the hotel will be a great addition to our presence in Nigeria.””
Hilton Worldwide has twenty five hotels in total across Africa including the Transcorp Hilton, Nigeria. The company has another fifteen in the development pipeline including the Hilton Windhoek in Namibia, Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa in the Seychelles and Hilton Kampala in Uganda.