AFCON 2016 Hotels: Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure satisfied with execution of contracts
The Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure, H.E. Bello Bouba Maigari has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing construction works of some State-owned hotels in Buea and Limbe which are said to be 90 percent ready for the upcoming Female African Cup Nations (AFCON) to hold in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3, 2016.
Bello Bouba Maigari who was in Buea and Limbe to ascertain specific preparatory measures required for the smooth hosting of guests called on Tourism operators to respect the deadline and deliver the infrastructure on time.
With some 54 days to kick-off of the female African football competition to be hosted in Cameroon’s two cities of Yaoundé and Limbe, experts of Tourism and Leisure are on their heels to ensure the reception techniques are up to date. Such include reception techniques, hygiene, quality of service, and security of tourists. While in Buea on Thursday September 15 and Friday September 16, 2016, the Minister of State opened a workshop involving over 123 stakeholders of the tourism sector in the South West to include hoteliers, tour operators and restaurant owners. The key message was to absorb hospitality concepts and instincts into those whose role shall ensure in one way or the other the good reputation of Cameroon as a tourist destination and Africa Miniature.
An intensive expansion of Mountain Hotel, Parliamentarian Flats Hotel in Buea and Atlantic Beach Hotel, Limbe is currently underway at the various hotels to play host to the thousands of visitors in Buea and Limbe by way of increasing and improving on existing facilities. Three State-owned hotels are under renovation and construction expansion. The sumptuous Mountain Hotel is being increased from 30 chalets and 112 rooms as a FOUR STAR Hotel, the Parliamentarian Flats from 30 rooms to 76 (all of these being constructed by Chinese company). The Atlantic Beach hotel is being raised from 26 to 48 rooms. Facilities to enable greater leisure include swimming pools, night clubs, restaurants, lawn tennis courts and multipurpose sports complexes.
These will remarkably add to other sectors involved to make Cameroon proud of its hospitality during the awaited events in 2016 and 2019 respectively. With frequent visits of the Minister of State, Contractors working on these architectural edifices are under check to finish the jobs. Some of the things required to be mastered before the events include reception techniques and front desk procedures, attitude of tour guides and acceptable conduct that will invite tourists back to Cameroon.
The hotel sector inclusive, hygiene remains one of the areas to pay greater attention in the host cities. For example water, electricity, clean and comfortable environment must be guaranteed at all times.
Speaking on the preparedness and state of the hotels to receive numerous guests for the female AFCON in November, the Minister of State for Tourism and Leisure H.E. Bello Bouba Maigari was optimistic everything is on course to welcome the thousands of visitors to Cameroon.
The Minister of State has been to the Region severally inspecting projects and working with collaborators to ensure red carpet reception is accorded guests and other visitors during the AFCON competition that will also bring many tourism to the country.
According to FIFA and CAF recommendations, Mountain Hotel has been elevated to a Four Star Hotel with Parliamentarian Flats Hotel and Atlantic Beach Hotels also being elevated as well.
The stylish and well designed hotels will not only usher in thousands of visitors from all walks of life, but will be a safe sanctuary for tourists in Cameroon and from the Diaspora, given the structural adjustment, comfort and commendable services.