By Stephen Ubanna
More facts have emerged why Transcorp Hilton Hotel, located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, which is owned by Transcorp Hotels, plc, a subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, plc, is one of the country’s’s leading business hotels with the best Presidential Suites in Africa is swimming in hospitality awards of excellence. This is because the Management services had assumed a management focused hotel.
The Company , according to business analysts is in the category of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is one of the leading Industrial holdings listed in the country’s Stock Exchange market , with interest in several sectors of the economy rangng from power sector, operated by Transcorp Power, described as the country’s largest private power distribution Company, and significant upstream oil and gas Industry.
Insider information revealed that within a year, the Hilton Hotels Abuja, had witnessed major innovations which had facilitated being relaunched into the market in order to maintain its leading position in the African hospitality industry.. The Hotel management Team were said to have successfully renegotiated all its LNR/CNR contracts , blitzed the market and signed on SIM plus groups and new accounts.
The Value News learnt that a new rate strategy had been implemented, cashing in on the hotel unique location in the city of Abuja. It was said to have generated a property improvement document , outlining improvements needed in the Hotel.
The Magazine was informed that after the PIP was completed , the HMS established system and processes had successfully facilitated the Hotel transition ‘’ to management and budgeting , critical path generation, Information Technology , IT, planning, employee recruitment and brand training . This was said to have catapulted the hotel into greater heights which had won it several awards of excellence over the last six years.
Moreso, the Hotel management Team were said to be working closely with the shareholders for Financial approval , time frames, license, permit transfers and signage transfers as well as sales and marketing strategies including sourcing for staff ostensibly to maintain its leading position in the Africa hospitality Industry.
It is not surprising why the core of the hotel businesses had shifted from vertically-integrated hospitality and property management company to a focus basically on hospitality. An international hotel of 668 fully air conditioned guest rooms, eight world class restaurants and bars , a shopping arcade and extensive recreational facilities, it was said to have played hosts to countless number of African and other Foreign Heads of state and Government who had visited Nigeria on the invitation of their Nigerian Counterpart , both past and present including hosting global events.
.Given its spectacular performance, the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, alone had won the World Travels, Tourism and Hospitality awards six consecutive times. The most recent of such awards by the award giving Company to the Hotel was the four in various categories including that of the Africa’ leading business hotel for the sixth year running at the at the 27th annual event .
It was truly a world class event which was said to have been attendd by people from all walks of life, top business Executives and government officials, both at the state and Federal levels . The World Travels torism and Hospitality Company, which had instituted the Awards, was said to have been registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, 1993 , with a mission ‘’to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the nation’s travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
Indeed, within seven years of instituting the international awards of excellence in the nation’s travels , tourism and hospitality sectors of the economy, ‘’it had been recognized world-wide as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence and brand’’.
In giving out the awards to Transcorp Hilton Hotels and others, the organisers said this year’s world travel, tourism and hosspitality awards nomination programme were said to have reported an incredible record of visitor traffic never before seen and engagement from the public , despite the challenges faced by the industry over the last eight months, because of the Wuhan Town in Hebei Province of the Asian country of China emerged coronavirus , popular COVID 19.Business analysts had said that this clearly shows that as’’ the global recovery begins , the appetite for tourism had never been as keen and thus, ‘’offers hope and the much- needed encouragement to us all’’.
An elated Kevin Brett, General Manager, Transcorp Hilton , Abuja, who could not hide his feelings over the awards in the various categories of te awrd giving Company noted that ‘’it is a Statement of fact that hard work and Commitment that had been put in daily by the Hotel Team that have been recognised and appreciated’’. Appreciative of the guests through their continuous patronage , he disclosed that their feedback had helped the Hotel ‘’to retain its number one position’’ in the African, particular, Nigerian hospitability industry.
In the same vein, Dupe Olusola, Managing Director, Transcorp Hotels plc, who is celebrating the various awards of one of their own Hotels, said, ‘’it is a pleasure to receive the ultimate seal of excellence in global Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry from the respected World Travel, tourism and hospitality Awards Company ‘’.
She stressed that at a time travelers are exploring only the best hospitality products because of the adverse effects of the COVID 19, on the global economy, ‘’the significance of the wards to Transcorp Hilton ,Abuja, and other of its facilities across major cities in the country is very important’’.