The Managing Director of Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments, Abuja, Juergen Odenwald, has said the inauguration of the hotel in Nigeria has brought global competitiveness to hospitality business in the country. He stated this at the annual Jumia Travel Award in Lagos, where the Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments emerged the best hotel in Nigeria for 2019.
Odenwald said the new dimension which the hotel has brought to Nigeria’s hospitality industry has seen it compare with best hotels in Dubai, New York and United Kingdom.
While noting that the inauguration of the Abuja branch in 2018 was the first of the series in the country, he said Nigerians should be prepared for new dimension in hospitality management.
“While we take pride in the physical attributes of the hotels, we will say customer satisfaction is a top priority to us at Wells Charlton Hotels and Apartments.
“I want to give very special thanks to our Chairman, Captain Hosa Okunbo; he is an enigma and not a regular employer. We have made a point with the opening of the hotel in Abuja and we are saying Lagos should get prepared.”
Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, represented by the Director for Lagos Council of Arts and Culture, Mrs. Saidat Otulana, lauded the efforts of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in developing and changing the face of tourism in the state. She said in the last three and a half years, the Lagos State government has continued to invest in the development of tourism spots and locations in the state.
The Managing Director, Jumia Travels, Omolara Adagundo, said the idea behind the award is to create and encourage standards in the country and influence changes.
“We want to encourage people who are doing well and celebrate excellence. At Jumia, we will continue to strive and recognise partners,” she added.