By Victor Arjiromanus
Serial hospitality operator and business coach, Dr. Jeffrey Obomeghie has said, the hospitality industry is expected to recover fully from the Covid19 pandemic crisis.
Like many other sectors, the hospitality business suffered huge losses and poor patronage at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Dr. Jeffrey, who is a professional in the field, has forecasted that the hospitality business will reach full bloom again by 2023.
He said; “the hospitality business suffered a dramatic downturn in Nigeria but we are starting to recover. Occupancy is trending higher. We are forecasting occupancy to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023.
Dr. Jeffrey is the President, International Hospitality Institute, an organisation serving the global hospitality industry. He said the institute has been a catalyst for the boom of hospitality in Nigeria and beyond “offering several trainings to improve the competencies of Hospitality practitioners in Nigeria, and also offers scholarships to its members
According to the expert in hospitality, “Nigerian hoteliers need to invest more in professional development programs such as industry certifications. Certifications will enhance their knowledge and help them stand out among their peers.”
How Dr. Obomeghie is reshaping the hospitality Industry.
He is a Nigerian-American, born March 7, 1961 in Nigeria, Auchi, Edo State; he founded the International Hospitality Institute since March 2020.
He grew up in Agbor, Delta State where he attended Odili Primary School and Ika Grammar School, upon graduation from Ika Grammar School in 1986, he proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Political Science but he did not complete his university education at the University of Lagos.
Dr. Jeffrey earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Maryland University College in 2015 and he completed his Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Training from Amberton University in 2016.
In 2020, he received his Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Johnson University and the topic of his dissertation was: “A Narrative Analysis Exploring Perceptions of Leadership among Hourly Workers in Hotels in the Southwestern United States”.
In 2021, the International Hospitality Institute unveiled the Hospitality Code of Ethics, a universal code of ethics for the global hospitality industry.
He left Nigeria in 1994 for the United States of America, before departing Nigeria; he worked as a journalist at the TopNews Magazine under the leadership of Lawrence Akapa.
Dr Obomeghie left TopNews magazine to launch the People’s Express newspaper based in Lagos where he was Founding Editor-in-Chief.
He did not continue his journalism career in the USA, instead, he launched a new career in the field of hospitality.
After working in various departmental roles in hotels, Obomeghie became a General Manager at the Radisson Hotel in Enfield, Connecticut, United States of America, after running several other hotel properties, he was appointed as Vice President of Operations at New Generation Hospitality in 2008.
Later that year, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company but left in 2009 to join Mercury Hotels International as Chief Executive Officer.
Dr Obomeghie is an author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, also a leadership coach and the Chairman of Telacoach.
Some of his publications include “The World According to Jeffrey O”; “Dead or Alive”; “The Woman Who”; “The Collector of Butterflies”; “Abraham Lincoln is Not Dead” and “Get Rich, Get Happy, Get Love”.
In 2021, Obomeghie was inducted as a member of the Hoteliers Guild, an exclusive “invitation-only” society of the world’s leading hoteliers based in Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland.