Duru made the announcement in Abuja during the launching of the Abuja Grand Towers boutique hotel that will be opened in October this year which, he said, will change the face of hotels and hospitality in the capital city.
While briefing journalists, the chairman said that the evolving hospitality industry in the country and richness in culture motivated his idea to establish a standard 5 star boutique hotel that would satisfy the tourists from different part of the world.
He noted that the prevailing confidence in the vibrancy and strength of Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality industry and the fact that typical hotel has changed significantly in the last couple of years, it is no longer enough to offer basic services to customers.
In order to meet the growing demand for exclusive boutique hotels in the country, Duru said the Grand Tower Boutique Hotels will be positioned to provide impeccable, comfortable, intimate and personalise services.
According to the chairman, “Grand Towers Plc has entered into a joint venture with a South African Group, Mantis Hotel Group to manage and market the 12 hotels as well as support Grand Towers under the Mantis West Africa brand name.
Apart from the Abuja hotel that will kick off in October this year, the company also announced that it has procured additional sites in Lagos, Enugu and Owerri to replicate the same kind of hotel in other states of the federation, adding that they will procure more locally and in other neigbouring countries.
In his response, Chairman of Mantis Group, Mr. Adrian Gardner said the company is delighted to expand into West Africa and promised to answer the growing demand for exclusive boutique accommodation in Nigeria and the region as a whole.
Meanwhile, the training of staff for the Abuja hotel which is slated for opening in October has begun, with the proprietor assuring that key positions would be occupied by Nigerians, apart from the Managing Director and General Manager of the hotels, with over 60 staff strength.