By Christiana Ukung Alawa
Governor Ayade’s signature projects have received another accolade from members of Hoteliers Association of Cross River State who said the projects will revamp the dwindling fortunes of hotels and tourism business in the State.
The association gave the commendation recently at a press briefing in Calabar while announcing plans to host a Hospitality Fiesta in the State.
According the Chairman, Mr, Charles Ogar, the association is ready to work hand in hand with Governor Ayade to realize his signature projects namely: the state owned sea port and dual super highway.
He added that the association was optimistic that when concluded, the projects will fresh avenues for business and expand the economic space in the State.
“It should be known that the hospitality sector has been in a dire strait as a result of poor access to the State, lack of economic activities and lack of tourist attractions”. He said.
The Hospitality Fiesta 2015 which is the first of its kind in the State according to the association is intended to be the largest and most comprehensive business and leisure event for the hospitality industry in Cross River State.
Furthermore, it is an initiative that seeks to accomplish a lot of goals among which are, providing networking opportunities for hospitality business practitioners, provide access to high value customers and provide a sales and marketing platform.
The event is also aimed at reviewing the state of the industry through interaction, showcasing companies’ products and services in the industry, showcasing the beauty and talent of young Cross Riverians, and showcasing the comparative advantage of the State’s diverse cuisines and culinary delicacies.
The Hospitality Fiesta which is slated for October 28th – November 1st 2015 at the Municipal Gardens Calabar, is organized in collaboration with Celebrity Planet 9ja, organizers of Miss Hospitality Beauty Pageantry.
Activities to mark the event will include city walk, welcome reception, food fair, talk shops, beauty pageant, gala night and courtesy calls to individuals and organizations.
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