General Manager (GM) Fraser Suites, Mr. Deniz Isikci, has revealed that the complete change of the new terminal of the Abuja Airport compared to its past look is encouraging the hospitality industry in the country.
He said that the new look presents Nigeria’s nature of great hospitality to visitors and tourists be it in form of the food, weather etc.
Isikci said this at a press gathering in Abuja while revealing that Fraser suites was recently awarded the best service apartments brand in Nigeria 2019 by the World travel awards.
He added that the luxury hotel also received the certificate of excellence from the website TripAdviser which means from all the properties and established listed on TripAdvisor, only less than 10% receive this award.
The GM also said that Nigeria is safer than most places in Europe and other parts of the world which people need to be made more aware of.
His words, “We recently got awarded the best service apartments brand in Nigeria 2019 by the world travel awards; it is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. This year, they are celebrating the 26th year of the awards.
“We also received the certificate of excellence from the website TripAdviser which means from all the properties and established listed on TripAdvisor, only less than 10 percent receive this award which is a prove of our excellent service and in return excellent reviews from guests that are posted on the website. We are proud of our industry, the hospitality industry, because for those who might not know it, after construction, the hospitality industry is the second industry that interacts with other industries.
“When a hospitality business is sited in a location, it interacts with more than 45 industries, which are positively affected. When an industry like ours is established, it indirectly supports other industries to employ more and produce more that supports the local economy, which in our case we are trying to do our best.
“With that aspect, receiving this two important awards, I believe will help. I have been in this country for the last two years and believe me, it is safer than most of the major locations in Europe. I have seen no problem and people are more hospitable than in Europe, so when I talk to people, I tell them to come to Nigeria and enjoy the weather, food and hospitality so I hope that these two awards will change other people’s bias of this country because they will say there is a location in Nigeria that consistently provides excellent services.
“Nigeria is blessed; the type of fruits found cheap in this country is difficult to find in other places; we just want to advertise it on our own. By the way, I believe the new terminal is supporting it in a positive way because the moment you enter into the new terminal, it feels hospitable because I think it completely shifted the look of the first perception because it is a great terminal to be in and we are doing our best and these awards will help and support us have the chance in assisting our immediate community.”
Isikci added that there are plans to expand the Frasers brand to other parts of the country and continent. He also said that Africa is receiving only 3 percent of the tourism money of the world and Fraser Suits is looking to key into the growth.
Media representative of Fraser Suits Abuja, Barr Haroune Audu, revealed that unlike what many might think, 98 percent of the Fraser staff are Nigerians and the brand plans on training enough Nigerians who can one day take over the helm of affairs.