A hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, BON Hotels International has announced plans to complete three hotels located in Nigeria’s three cities – Abuja, Ekiti and Owerri under in 2018.
Over the past year, the company has undertaken an aggressive rebranding and refurbishment campaign of their hotels in Nigeria, with creative input from Delta Design Studio, a specialist hospitality interior design and procurement company.
The hotels are being positioned as international four-star, boutique-style, full-service hotels, at affordable prices, offering personal, friendly and efficient service that is synonymous with BON Hotels’ operating standards. The properties include: BON Hotel Grand Towers; BON Hotel Stratton Asokoro; BON Hotel Abuja; BON Hotel Delta; Protea Hotel Ikeja and Protea Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos.
At the official launch in Nigeria, at BON Hotel Stratton Asokoro in Abuja, Chairman of Africa Alliance Group, Gregory Ozegbe, who is engaged in a joint venture agreement with BON Hotels on new projects, shares the vision for Africa. “It is our primary focus and we are positioned with the support of our shareholders and strategic partners across the world to embark on the most ambitious expansion in the history of any country in Africa, to build first class four and five star international standard hotels in 37 locations in Nigeria, and in at least 30 locations in countries in Africa over the next 10 years.”
BON Hotels has seen phenomenal growth since its inception in 2012 with hotels across Africa including South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, Ethiopia and Uganda, and is primed for significant expansion throughout the continent.
Speaking on the refurbishment plan, Guy Stehlik said: “Our strategy is to be competitive in our offering, service delivery and price – to create a four-star standard international Nigerian hotel chain, a tourism circuit if you will that caters to all markets – the inter-regional businessman, the international and Nigerian local traveller, tourists and the leisure sector, with alternatives, designed to meet their requirements.”
He addsed that they have rolled out the upgrades with minimum fuss – the hotels are operating as usual with all staff and general managers remaining in place. The group is also committed to training and empowerment of local Nigerians and significant social investment with their BON angels platform that is focused on supporting local communities through charity drives and events.
Industry stalwart and familiar face to the African hospitality industry, Bernard Cassar, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, says, “With many larger groups exiting their business interests in Nigeria, we believe that now is the time to support the country that has given us decades of success and we will continue to add value to the local hospitality industry, our guests, our staff, suppliers, the communities in which we serve, and of course our owners.”
By Emma Okezie