By: Edward Blamo
President George M. Weah expression during his inaugural speech that Liberia is open for business is certainly gaining steam. This is made evident by a landmark $48 Million investment by Hilton Hotel, one of the world’s giants in the hospitality industry.
The Hotel, which is expected to be constructed in Paynesville, will include 192 standard and deluxe rooms, a casino, fully functional spas, state of the art conference facility, gymnasium, restaurants among others facilities.
Addressing the official Management Agreement signing ceremony with the Hospitality Concept& Allied Services Limited at the John Gbessey Resort in Paynesville,Hilton’s Representative, Geri Wessels, said her company is proud to launch its flagship hospitality brand in Liberia.
She divulged that the construction and completion of the Hilton Hotel and Resort in Liberia will help support the development dreams of the country and change significantly the landscape of the hospitality system in Liberia.
As a global company, she emphasized, Hilton seeks greater opportunities in tourism and business travels in Monrovia as the country is ready for growth in these areas.
“We are focused on providing increased connectivity and improved infrastructures to make a travel smoother Monrovia and particular when we realized its potential”, she said.
In his remarks,Hospitality Concept & Allied Services Limited representative, Chukwunonso Vincent Iweanoge, recounted the impact of the investment on the Liberian economy. The implication of this project for Liberia is immense. I have been in Liberia for the past 10 years and have seen the potential for investment in the hospitality sector”, he said.
He said: “the impact of this project in Liberia cannot be overemphasized. We are committed to putting Liberia back on the globe. This Hotel will do so much for the country.It will open the Liberian tourism sector by attracting more tourists. It will employ over 300 people full time”.
Also speaking,Deputy Information Minister for Culture and Tourism Lens Gbargonyon said the investment is in fulfillment of the President’s declaration that Liberia is open for business for which the tourism sector is of no exception.
He said “Liberia has a very huge tourism potential and all we need is the right investment that will make Liberia a tourist destination. At the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism, our strategic plan emphasized hospitality and accommodation as key on our agenda. We appreciate people coming to invest in those sectors. We believe the construction of the Hotel will not only provide jobs but will help attract tourists in this area”.