Thursday, November 16, 2017

Marriott International signs Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments projects in Nigeria

 Marriott International has announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments. Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria Island, the central business district of Lagos.


We are excited to partner with the Landmark Africa Group on this project. With the rapid pace of urbanization more and more guests are looking for the value, the convenience and the vitality that mixed-use provides.
The Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments will be a significant addition to our strong Nigeria portfolio. There is a growing need for high caliber short and extended stay lodging in Nigeria and we believe the two hotels together will help bridge this gap,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.


The 25 floor hotel will feature the 216 room full service Renaissance Lagos Hotel and 44 room Marriott Executive Apartment offering extended stay apartments with space, ambience and the privacy of residential living.
The hotels will offer a wide range of amenities, including local and international restaurants, spa facilities, a fitness center, and an infinity pool with access to a 100-meter-long boardwalk overlooking a vibrant beach club offering exciting watersports.


Marriott International is synonymous with quality and unique lifestyle experiences globally, which we, at the Landmark Africa Group continuously strive to align ourselves with. We look forward to bringing Marriott’s hospitality and passion for excellence to the Landmark Village setting a new benchmark for mixed-use developments in the region,” said Paul Onwuanibe, Chief Executive Officer Landmark.


Designed to be the first Lagos equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, Canary Wharf in London, Rosebank in Johannesburg and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the Landmark Village features office spaces, luxury apartments, high end retail as well as international restaurants. It is rapidly emerging as a leading mixed-use development on the West African Coastline.



Lagos plans 12-hour street carnival ahead Yuletide


The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it would hold a 12-hour street carnival on the popular Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja, on Dec.3, ahead of the Yuletide.

The Special Adviser to Gov.Akinwunmi Ambode on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, at a news conference in Alausa, said that the overall aim of the carnival was to boost the economy of the state.

Akinsola said that the event, formerly known as Lagos Street party, had metamorphosed into a carnival which would take place on the whole stretch of Oba Akran Road from noon till midnight.

She assured that arrangements were in place to ensure maximum security and traffic control.

Akinsola said that alternative routes would be provided to motorists so that they do not experience pains as a result of the closure.

She said over 700 revellers were expected to attend the carnival in colourful costumes, design and animation in a controlled procession.

According to her, there is provision for virtually all categories of people from kids,adults to the aged.

She said that the carnival would be used to showcase the abundant indigenous culture, food and lifestyle of Lagos.

Akinsola said that besides entertainment and fun making, the carnival would offer upcoming artistes and tradesmen the opportunity to exhibit their skills and market their products.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the objective of the carnival was to make Lagosians unwind, relax and allow small scale entrepreneurs to make brisk businesses.

Ayorinde said it would as well showcase the diversity of Lagos culture.

He said that the event would also showcase veteran and new artistes in the music industry and comedians.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LAGOS UNVEILS ICONIC FISH STATUE




Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has promised to continue the implementation of policies and programs with direct impact on every Lagosian without bias for gender, ethnic or religious inclination.

The Governor said this has ‘informed the creation of aesthetic works of art and its deployment at strategic locations across the State with added value to our environment’.

In an address read on his behalf by the Special Adviser on tourism, arts and culture Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola at the unveiling of ‘The Fish’ Statue at Lekki- Epe T- junction in Epe Local Government; the Governor said the iconic statue is a symbolic expression that celebrate the traditional disposition of the founding fathers of Epe as a generic community of fishermen primarily because of its proximity to the lagoon.

According to him, “The Fish” statue is a celebration of the communal economic activities which revolve the vast potentials available in the coastal area including fishing, marine transportation and job opportunities.


The Governor however, enjoined the Epe community to protect the monument and other infrastructure provided his administration to enhance the socio-economic opportunities available in the area. He also encouraged all Lagosians to improve on their tax obligation compliance.

Earlier in his remark, Hon. Doyin Adesanya, Chairman of Epe Local Government said the siting of the monument at the Lekki- Epe T- junction does not only signifies that Epe the is fish basket of the State but also of the Nation as a whole stressing that anyone in need of fresh fish for occasions thinks of coming to Epe before considering any other place. He stressed that the people of Epe will remain grateful to His Excellency for the development going on in Epe.

Mr. Bale Olorunju who represented the Sculptor, Mr. Hamza Attah in his narrative of the Art work said the monument depicts modern Epe as the collecting point for the export of fish in Lagos, fishing is the major occupation of the people in Epeland. The sculptural work associates the community with the fish that put Epe on the global Map. According to him, ‘in Epe we celebrate fish, this is our pride’.



Among other dignitaries at the commissioning are High Chief Yinka Tobun, Chairman Epe Community Development Committee (CDC), Hon. Sherfat Haruna, Leader of the Epe Council, Otunba Kehinde Adeniyi , APC Chairman, Epe Local Government, Directors and top management staff of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Members of the A-plus Disciples, Market Leader and Artisans graced commissioning.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Med-View airlines expands to francophone countries


Poised to have a strong presence on the West Coast, Med-View Airline said it will on Friday, October 27 spread its wings to Abidjan, Conakry and Dakar with an inaugural flight.
With the three new cities, the airline now has six destinations on the West Coast as Accra, Monrovia and Freetown are already on its network.
The flights to the new destinations will be three times a week - Monday, Wednesday  and  Friday with early departures (7.30am) from Lagos.



The airline's new generation aircraft -B737-800 is scheduled to service the route.
 Fresh from Saudi Arabia, Medview CEO, Alhaji Muneer Bankole who successfully coordinated the 2017 Hajj in which the airline airlifted over 17,000 pilgrims declared, "our expansion programme is informed by research and planning.
"In the very near future, we will be operating to Johannesburg, South Africa; Lisbon, Portugal; Libreville, Gabon and Houston in the US,' the CEO said.

He disclosed that the airline has already positioned for Dubai come November /December .


CEO, Medview Airline, Muneer Bankole, with his crew members



“Ika carnival to showcase rich culture of our people”'


Ika carnival to showcase rich culture of our people”'

The organizers of the annual Ika Xmas Carnival in Agbor, Delta State, have revealeed that this year's event will showcase the rich culture of the Ika people to tourists.
Mr. Steve Aderemi the marketing consultant to the event and managing director of Astol Communications, said the carnival would be opened up to tourists and visitors, so that visitors would have a taste of the rich tourist endowments.
He said having organized the carnival for the past two editions, the carnival will improve in terms of content and participation.
Ika Xmas Carnival is a 19-day funfair that is in its third edition. It is aimed at not only providing people from that area with the opportunity to have fun during the yuletide period, but to also promote the culture of the area through the carnival. He said the cultural endowments of the area are normally on display during the carnival.


During the 19-day fiesta also, young and talented natives of Ika have a platform to display their talents and give their careers lift. They will also win fantastic prizes.
Aderemi said: “The carnival kicks off on December 15, and ends on the 2nd January the next year. In addition to the carnival and talent and musical shows, there will also be cultural cultural exhibition, beauty pageant, cultural dance, business empowerment, comedy night and many more.
“We really want to use the carnival to not only engage the youths, but also make sure we promote the tradition and culture of our people.
It is an opportunity for us to celebrate our unity and oneness. We have heard so many positives from the last two editions of the festivals. People of the area use the opportunity to interact and know one another.


Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel hosts offshore challenge

A sizeable 23 boats contestedkeenly at the all-day 6th annual Southern Sun Ikoyi Offshore Challenge, 2017, thrilling guests who were left mesmerized by the challenging weather conditions offered by one of Africa’s budding sailing environments, Lagos.

Mark Loxley, General Manager,  Southern Sun Ikoyi; Onyekachi Paul Okereke, competitor Lightning Fleet; Jan Muyesen, competitor Lightning Fleet and Ubong Nseobot, Sales and Marketing Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi presenting the 1st Place trophy to the winning team (Lightning Fleet category) at the 6th Annual Southern Sun Ikoyi Offshore Challenge held at the Lagos Yacht Club, in Lagos.

Encompassing designs reminiscent of the best of nautical heritage, this year’s Southern Sun Ikoyi offshore challenge was conducted with typical grace and sportsmanship by the sailors.

Commodore of the Lagos Yacht Club, Laurent Couderc expressed that despite the dull weather, “We had a good run today”. “It is often a question of boat handling and tactics as there is always a surprise with the changing winds and particularly with the rain as we’ve seen today. It is never predictable and this is what makes each race unique and very interesting”.



Applauding the efforts of the teams, Mark Loxley, General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, thanked the sailors for the enthusiasm and participation, stating that, “This is a highly competitive sporting event and Southern Sun Ikoyi is very proud to again bring about this moment of happiness to the teams and to reviving the community spirit especially on the Lagos Island. We are indeed proud to have so many boats participate, all putting up their colourful sails for all to see on Lagos waters. We definitely will be back next year”.

The participating three teams were rewarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories with Julian Hardy emerging as 1st place winner in the Combined Monohull category, sailors Jay and Natasha Smulders took 1st place in the Hobbie Fleet category and Onyekachi Paul Okereke and Jan Muyesen were crowned 1st place winners in the Lightning Fleet category. Ecstatic about their win, sailor, Onyekachi Paul Okereke expressed that “We are immensely proud of our win from amongst so many boats. We got to the front early and it’s always good to stay there”.

Taking place at the prestigious Lagos Yacht Club (LYC) founded in 1932, the Southern Sun Ikoyi Offshore Challenge has in recent years become one of the most popular attractions in the city geared at reigniting a passion for sports, relaxation and networking within Lagos’ thriving business community.


The day’s activities ended with participants treated to delicious canap├ęs and fine wine alongside exciting prizes of Dinner for two, Sunday Champagne Brunch for four and Weekend Bed and Breakfast for two all at the hotel. Southern Sun Ikoyi remains the preferred lodging and hang out location for business and leisure travelers alike in Lagos. 

Kigali Marriott Hotel Clinches Two Awards at the World Travel Awards, Africa


The award was presented at a glittering award ceremony attended by eminent industry leaders and VIPs from across Africa at the World Travel Awards Africa 2017, Annual Gala at Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, October 12, 2017/ -- Kigali Marriott Hotel (www.KigaliMarriott.com) was recognized as Rwanda’s Leading Business Hotel and Rwanda’s Leading City Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Africa 2017. The award was presented at a glittering award ceremony attended by eminent industry leaders and VIPs from across Africa at the World Travel Awards Africa 2017, Annual Gala at Kigali, Rwanda. Voted by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, this accolade underpins the hotel’s commitment to excellence and recognizes the commendable achievement of the hotel within its very first year of opening.

According to Rex Nijhof General Manager Kigali Marriott Hotel, “We are truly honored to win this coveted award and be recognized for our efforts to create experiences that meet the needs of the modern traveler. We remain committed to enabling our guests to think differently when they travel by offering aesthetically inspiring spaces, and forward thinking experiences that spark their creativity together with the acclaimed Marriott service.”

World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Regarded as one of the highest accolades in the travel and tourism industry today, the selection process for these awards consists of public voting as well as recommendations by professionals from travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide.

Conveniently situated along KN3 Avenue in the city center, near the financial district and Kigali City Hall, Kigali Marriott Hotel provides a luxurious home away from home for business and leisure travelers. The hotel offers 254 spacious and elegantly appointed rooms including 25 suites, an executive club lounge and over 11,000 square feet of flexible event space with 10 meeting rooms. The hotel also offers an array of dining options from the all-day dining Soko, to Italian specialty restaurant Cucina and the Iriba Bar and Terrace. Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness center, Saray Spa, and gift shops.