GOVERNMENT SET TO PARTNER VIKO FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY TO THRIVE
By Ogechukwu Okoli :
Amawbia (Awka south LGA), July 10, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government will partner VIKO Nigeria Ltd., to help to create an enabling environment for hospitality industry to thrive in the state.
Viko Nigeria Ltd., is private sector tour operator that provides tourism information to deserving publics, through their Tourism Information Desk.
This is contained in a commitment an address by the Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke during stakeholders meeting with hotel owners in Anambra at Mayroses Hotel, Amawbia.
The Deputy Governor said that the platform provided by Viko Nigeria Ltd., did not only apply to hospitality industry but also to transportation companies, the youth as well as the state to generate revenue.
He noted that it was good business opportunity for hotel owners to have available cash through off payment of hotel rooms by investors.
Dr Okeke urged hotel owners to tap into the opportunity made available by the company to improve on their businesses and services in order to maximize profit.
``This is a business strategy that will put smiles on faces of everyone, the investors, the hotel owners and government.
``The more people visit you through this platform, the more testimonies will be available about you,’’ he said.
The Deputy Governor, while commending the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artwork, Culture and Tourism for organising the workshop, urging them to replicate same with other investors in the state.
Earlier, Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artwork, Culture and Tourism Mrs Sally Mbanefo, who is a lawyer, said the reason for the workshop was to make hoteliers more effective in their business.
Mrs Mbanefo stressed that the platform would make them to have liquidity to renovate and upgrade their hotels and provide them more occupancy.
According to her Viko Nigeria Ltd., is solution to most of the problems encountered by hoteliers by using prepaid system to make more money.
The commissioner noted that it was the vision of Government to improve on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through tourism.
``Tourism continues to be the greatest employer of labour in the world; tourism contributes 9 to 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Products (GDP) if it is improved on.
``There will be employment, increased business in the hospitality industry and increase in IGR for the state,’’ she said.
Mr Chidi Kanu, CEO Viko Nigeria Ltd., said that their mission was to improve business for hoteliers through the digital system.
Mr Kanu said that they were carving into the enabling environment created by the state government to promote tourism through the hospitality bussiness.
``We came to train, empower and to create jobs for the youths and also bring investors, who are interested in investing in the hotel business.”
He stressed that the company would invest in hotels registered with the government through the ministry to the tune of N500, 000 to a N1million for customer services.
Mr Godwin Okonkwo, President, Hotel Owners Association commended the state government for organising such a workshop.
He pleaded with the company to start up the project in the state without delays, expressing their readiness to adapt and utilise the new system.
The Anambra State of Service (HOS) Barr Harry
Udu, Commissioner for Youth Empowerment Mr Afam Mbanefo and Directors in the
Ministry were among dignitaries at the event. (MOI)