Nigeria’s quest for foreign direct investments seems to be yielding fruit: a French hospitality company has announced the launch of what it expects to be flagship hotels in Nigeria.
The multinational company, AccorHotels, this week signed agreements for the building of its foremost brands – MGallery and Pullman – in Ikoyi, Lagos. At the signings with TomHawksworth Limited, a prominent property and real estate developer, AccorHotels’ Olivier Granet said both brands were likely to open in late 2020.
Mr Granet, CEO of AccorHotels, Middle East and Africa (MEA), stated: “Since opening our very first hotel in Nigeria almost 20 years ago, we’ve believed in the long term potential of the destination, having witnessed incredible growth as one of the largest economies in Africa. As the market continues to evolve, there is a need for international brands and it is our commitment to fill this gap with two of our leading upper upscale brands – MGallery and Pullman.”
Engr. Adekola Ogundayo, managing director of TomHawksworth Limited, said: “The signing of these two landmark agreements reflects our vision and mission to become one of the leading property developers and managers in Nigeria…We look forward to working with AccorHotels to develop and manage what will undoubtedly become flagship hotels.”
In a press release from its office in Dubai, UAE, dated August 1, and made available to the media AccorHotels noted: “The 100-room MGallery and 204-room Pullman, both situated in the prime neighbourhood of Ikoyi, Lagos, are in close proximity to the business area of Victoria Island. The MGallery Ikoyi benefits from easy access to the upmarket residential neighbourhood of Ikoyi and Banana Island. The Pullman Ikoyi, located on Ojora Road, enjoys prime visibility and direct access to destinations such as the Lekki area.
“MGallery Ikoyi features innovative restaurant and lounge concepts including an all-day dining restaurant, fine dining restaurant and lobby bar, all helping to establish MGallery as a lifestyle destination within Lagos. Drawing inspiration from its surroundings in Ikoyi, MGallery will offer a members-only club, providing for an exclusive experience in an enviable location. Leisure and fitness based amenities also include a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and a well-appointed spa.
“Pullman Ikoyi features an eclectic range of dining options, including an all-day dining restaurant, pool bar, fine dining restaurant and lobby bar. Retaining the brand’s values of comfort and immersive design, the Pullman Ikoyi serves as an urban refuge with a spa, gym and pool. Pullman Ikoyi includes dedicated meetings and events facilities which will become available following the completion of a second phase of development, including a ballroom and state-of-the-art meeting rooms.”
Accor S. A., which uses the brand name AccorHotels, is the world’s leading travel and lifestyle group and operates in 100 countries.
Following the successful re-opening of fully renovated Pullman Dakar and Pullman Abidjan, the committed network of AccorHotels in the Middle East and Africa is over 300 hotels, representing 80,000 rooms across 30 countries in the region.
*PHOTO: Engr. Kola Ogundayo, MD of Tom Hawksworth Limited (left), and Mr Olivier Granet, CEO, AccorHotels, Middle East and Africa, at the signing of a partnership agreement for the development of MGallery and Pullman brands in Nigeria recently