Akwa Ibom, Starwood Hotels announce 4Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene

Posted: July 9, 2014 in travel & tourism

four points by sheraton akwa ibomThe Akwa Ibom State Government has officially signed an agreement with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. for the construction of a Four Points by Sheraton brand to be located in Ikot Ekpene. The new build hotel is scheduled to debut in 2015.

Owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the proposed Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene will be Starwood’s second hotel in the state of Akwa Ibom after the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort and its 10th hotel in Nigeria, which further strengthens Starwood’s position in the country.

“This agreement is another milestone for the people of Akwa Ibom and the building of the Four Points by Sheraton will strengthen the hospitality sector in the state,” Governor Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State Government commented.

Commenting, Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe Middle East and Africa, said: “Looking back to when we first opened Le Meridien Ibom in 2007, we saw an opportunity in a city with limited infrastructure, today the state of Akwa Ibom has been transformed and modernized with new highways and a local airport, while the hotel was recently selected as an SPG® Member’s Favourite.”

Continuing, Wale stated: “Our experience and shared successes with the government of Akwa Ibom leads us to believe that Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene is another milestone in the development of the state and we embark on this second joint venture with great confidence.”

The Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene will feature146 guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby bar, 814 square metres of meeting and event space, as well as a fitness centre and an outdoor pool.

Located at the crossroad between two major highways with easy airport access, the Hotel will be the first high-rise tower in Ikot Ekpene as well as the first purpose-built internationally branded hotel in the iconic town.

Reflecting the brand’s promise and insight into the needs of today’s traveller, the hotel will also offer all of the brand’s defining elements, including the signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort bed and free bottled water in the room, complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas, a delicious breakfast with great coffee and refreshing local beer with Best Brews, helping guests to start and end the day right.

Starwood’s Four Points by Sheraton brand ‘best for business’ approach provides travellers with everything that matters the most including timeless design, uncomplicated comfort and a genuine and friendly approach to hospitality and service.

“Nigeria remains to be an important growth market for Starwood and we see a significant opportunity in growing our mid-market brands in the country and throughout all of Africa,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East, adding: “With one of the strongest pipelines in the Starwood portfolio, Four Points by Sheraton offers a compelling blend of comfort, style and affordability, making it an increasingly attractive choice for owners and developers across the world.”

Starwood currently operates five hotels in Nigeria including the Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Lekki-Lagos, Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, and Le Meridien Ogeyi Place.

As part of its commitment to Nigeria, the hotel chain plans to open five new hotels in the country by 2017 including the Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene, Four Points by Sheraton Benin City in Edo State, Four Points by Sheraton Ibadan in Oyo State, The Four Points by Sheraton Ikeja in Lagos and the Le Meridien Ikoyi Towers, also in Lagos.

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