The Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mac Creeds and Tom Consortium for the upgrade of Tinapa Lakeside Hotel and Obudu Mountain Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area, which are two of its prime tourism assets.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the state government by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Joe Abang, and the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson.
According to the Principal Partner, Mac Creeds and Tom Consortium, Mr. Kanu Signor, the consortium in collaboration with technical partners from South Africa and Spain, will invest N5billion into the projects.
“We are here to sign the MoU with respect to Tinapa Lakeside Hotel and Obudu Mountain Resort. The two locations are the most primed tourist destinations in Nigeria. As investors who are in partnership with our foreign counterparts from South Africa and Spain, we have decided to invest in the upgrade of the facilities and bring it to what it is meant for.
“We intend to hit the ground running by January. We are going to invest N5billion. The construction will start as from January. ‘‘We intend doing a bridge that will link Tinapa with Calabar International Conference Centre to ease vehicular access.
So, we are looking at doing substantial work within the first 12 months and we would not shut down while doing the construction work,” Signor said. Anderson said that the facility upgrade will further bring the tourism potential of the state to limelight.
“We have entered into an agreement with Mac Creeds and Tom Consortium to take over the management of Obudu Mountain Resort and Tinapa Lakeside Resort. ‘‘In Cross River, we are known as one destination for tourism. This agreement will only affect the hotel element of Tinapa Business Centre and not the entire facility.”