Akwa Ibom State government has terminated the contract it had with Starwood Group as manager of Le-Meridien Ibom Hotels and Golf Resorts. Consequently, a new management team headed by Ronald Stilting is now to run the hospitality outfit with its named changed to Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort.
Victor Antai, commissioner for culture and tourism, who made this known in Uyo, the state capital, said steps were being taken to reposition the hospitality outfit.
According to Antai, Governor Udom Emmanuel is concerned about the running of the hotel in a profitable manner, and the change in management of the hotel took effect from January 1, 2018.
He however assured that such changes would not affect employees of the hotel, as the state government would ensure that no worker would be retrenched.
He explained that the state government, last year engaged the services of PriceWaterHouseCoopers to audit the account of Starwood Group, saying, “Report of the audit has been out and soon to be made public.
“With this changes, the hotel is expected to serve purely as business venture for profit making to the Akwa Ibom State government.”
Rolling out his plans to ensure the past glory of the hotel is restored, the new General Manager, Ronald Stilting said all the aspects of the hotel will remain, weaknesses improved upon, while concepts and marketing strategies will be innovated.
He promised to deliver great experience through; proactive service in a unique environment, staff training, and establishment of a culture of involvement and accountability.
New concepts to attract increased patronage according to him are; Eat and Swim Family Lunch Buffet at weekend and swimming for 1price, valentine’s day package and special dinner.
To attract needed attention and usage to the Golf Course which is considered one of the best in Africa, Stilting who declared the Golf Course a very vital part of the whole concept, announced the Ibom Open Golf Tournament, scheduled to take place April 7-8.
Ronald Stilting holds a Masters Degree in hotel management since 1983 and has 30 years experience in hotel management. He has a track record of high guest satisfaction.
Also engaged is Brain Efa, director of finance (on contract), an Associate Chartered Accountant.