By half past nine on Friday morning, the lobby at the new Legend Hotel Lagos Airport began to fill up with visitors including high networth individuals like Aliko Dangote, chairman, Dangote Group, Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank, Wale Tinubu, CEO Oando plc, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, Chris Nassetta, chief executive officer of Hilton, and Sam Iwuajoku, director, Quits Hospitality Limited among other dignitaries.
The Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton, marks Hilton’s 500th hotel to open across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The hotel joins the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, a collection of more than 60 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts celebrated for their individuality and appeal to travellers seeking local and authentic experiences.
Speaking at the opening, Nassetta says the founder of Hilton will be proud that the first hotel under Hilton’s Curio Collection has opened in Africa. “It is my first trip to Lagos. Our founders will be quite proud because we have never had an airport hotel like this. We appreciate the partnership. We are experiencing the golden age of travel being led by Nigeria and Africa,” he said.
Dangote said the structure of the hotel can compete with any built by Julius Berger. “To celebrate this great hotel. It is the only hotel where you can do ten steps and you are at the airport. The quality of the hotel is enormous. We have gone around today, and we are impressed. We are looking forward to having an airport with this kind of facility. We are looking forward to an Airbus A380 landing here. We hope to have more of this kind at the airport.”
On his part, Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation expressed his delighted at the presence o the new hotel at the airport. “My mandate is to create the environment for businesses to thrive and to create employment for our people. This is a journey to achieving the kind of aviation we need for this country,” he said.
According to hi, within the first quarter of 2019, an Airbus A380 will be landing at the Lagos airport for the first time in Nigeria. “We will be opening the Chinese terminal in Port Harcourt and Abuja in October. We intend to concession the Lagos airport. We wish to concession it for 20 to 30 years for us to get the service that we need. Nigeria with all the dilapidated facilities at the airport did 16 million passengers more than 450, 000 figure for Ghana yearly.”
Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport which serves more than eight million passengers each year. The stylish hotel is adjacent to the airport’s private jet terminal. There is an exclusive immigrations and customs desk at the hotel for private jet passengers. The hotel is also approximately five kilometres from the domestic terminal and one kilometre from the international terminal. The hotel features 54 spacious guest rooms and suites, unique culinary experiences at De Bull restaurant and bar and Sky Lounge, and extensive business and leisure facilities.