Hoteliers in Epe and Ibeju-Lekki axis of Lagos State said they recorded good sales during the just- concluded Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Mr Babatunde Balogun, the President, Hotel Owners Association, Ibeju-Lekki Branch, on Thursday that the period was a boom for them as hundreds of visitors and Muslim faithful were available for the festival.
The Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays to observe Eid-el-Kabir.
According to Balogun, members of the association had a busy time as patronage of their hotels peaked during the period.
“Virtually all our hotels which experienced low patronage before Sallah were fully booked. They usually complained of the distance and
bad roads for coming to the area.
“But it was a huge patronage during the Sallah period. The sales were high and most of the hotels were fully booked,” he said.
He said some visitors and guests had booked their accommodation two days before the Eid-el-Kabir while others checked-in
on Sallah day.
“For instance in my hotel, we made over N100, 000 per day from lodging and drinks.”
Balogun described Lekki-Epe as the state’s tourists’ destination as the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration had transformed
the coastal city of Epe.
He also noted that the industries springing up in the area including Dangote’s refinery, the biggest in Africa, and the coastal Lagos Lagoon
had raised the tourism potential of the area.
The hotelier, however, complained of multiple taxes slammed on them by the government and appealed to the Lagos State Government to streamline them.
“Multiple taxes and crazy electricity bills are affecting our businesses.
“Some operators have left the hotel business while some have converted their hotels to residential apartments because of high tax.
“We pay tax to federal, state, local and other government agencies which is not encouraging,” Balogun told NAN.
A member of the association, Mr Henry Thomas, also confirmed that hotels in the area enjoyed high patronage.
According to him, many intending lodgers were refused accommodation as the hotels were fully booked.
NAN reports that Epe town and port, lies on the north bank of the coastal Lagos Lagoon and has road connections to Ijebu-Ode in Ogun
on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway and Ikorodu in Lagos State. (NAN)