Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Dr Christian Madubuko has vowed to improve the face of tourism and hospitality industry in the state to international standards.The commissioner said this during a familiarisation tour of hotels at Amaokpala, Orumba North Local Government Area (LGA).Overseas, the tourism and hospitality industry are good areas, where the government depends on for capital projects; but in Anambra, the sector is not fully developed.
Under my watch, I will change the face of the tourism and hospitality industry to international standards.We will introduce the use of International Passports, Driver’s Licence or National Identity Cards as part of documents required for booking of hotel accommodations. `This will help to discourage the use of fake names in booking of accommodations in hotels as well as support efforts of the government on security.We will meet from time to time to create cordial relationships between government and hoteliers, to promote the objective of the state as it concerns tourism and hospitality business,’’ he said. Dr Madubuko, then, enjoined the hoteliers to ensure they observe the COVID-19 protocols by ensuring that their fire extinguishers were in good working conditions.
You need to improve on COVID-19 protocols, because we will not hesitate to close down any hotel that fails to comply; we will prosecute them too.’’
Special Adviser to Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Mr Tony Monagor aka Tony One Week noted that the “Aku Luo uno initiative’’ of Gov. Willie Obiano could be seen in the beautiful hotels being established at Amaokpala.`I must commend the owners of these hotels here for creating employment opportunities for the youth of Amaokpala.I call on Ndi Anambra in The Diaspora to bring down their businesses to their homeland in other to create job opportunities and improve the state’s economy.’’
The Acting Director, Hotel and Hospitality, Mrs Stella Anah cautioned hoteliers yet to register with the Ministry to do so immediately.The Manager/Consultant, Life Style Hotel, Mr Darlington Ngwu, who welcomed the Commissioner and his team to the hotel, observed that their greatest challenges was insufficient electricity power, a major component for growth of their business.We spend a lot of money fueling our generators and that is telling on our income.’’He appealed to the Government to grant them waivers on certain taxes, to enable them to recover from the shock and setback of COVID-19 lockdown.
The hotels visited include Lifestyle Hotels, Triple Tree Hotels, Morren-Xris suites and Garden and Aria Sky Suites.