Edo State Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the management of Radisson Hotel Group for the development of N19.6billion world-class hotel.
BDSunday reports that the 169-room hotel will create over 200 jobs when completed as well as boost hospitality, tourism and facilitate economic development.
Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the Edo State Government and Erwan Garnier, Senior Director Development Africa Radisson Hotel Group signed for the state government and the hotel respectively.
Speaking at the ceremony, Erwan Garnier, Senior Director Development Africa Radisson Hotel Group said when completed the hotel would create over 200 jobs for the youths in the state.
Garnier noted that the 169-room hotel scheduled to be opened within the next 12 months in Benin, would be the Group’s 12th hotel in Nigeria.
He opined that the hotel will change the hospitality market in Benin City.
He stated that the hotel array of scandinavian inspired accommodation would range from contemporary standard rooms to expansive executive suites, including a presidential suite.
“Creating a social hub for delectable cuisine, the hotel’s gastronomic offering will include a lobby bar and cafe, an all-day dining restaurant as well as a pool bar and grill.
“To provide harmonious stay, guests can also unwind in the hotel’s gym and spa.
“With our ongoing commitment to expand in Nigeria a key market in Africa for our scaled growth and sub-saharan Africa’s largest economy, the debut in Benin, a key state capital, is perfectly aligned with our growth strategy for the country.
“The Radisson hotel Benin as our first branded hotel outside Lagos and Abuja will continue to reinforce our brand awareness in Nigeria,” he said.
Garnier added that, Radisson hotel Benin would play a significant role in promoting tourism and business activities within Benin and Edo in general.
Speaking shortly after signing of the MOU, Governor Godwin Obaseki noted that the event marked a significant milestone for the progress and development of the state.
Obaseki, represented by Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government said” the Edo state Radisson hotel project represent a symbol of our commitment to fostering economic growth and transforming the landscape of our state.
“The hospitality and tourism sectors have long been recognized as powerful catalyst for economic prosperity, creating opportunities for employment, investment and scio-cultural exchange.
“By embarking on this ambitious venture, we are signalling our firm belief in the potential of our state as a vibrant and thriving destination,” he added.
On her part, Adaze Kalu-Aguele, state commissioner for Finance, noted that the hotel will position Edo as a destination for capital.