Owners of hotels in Asaba have slashed their charges in the wake of the economic recession.
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Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday, October 9, some owners said that the reduction in tariff cut came as a result of the decline in patronage experienced by the hotels in the last few months.
Mr Clement Odeiga, General Manager of Nelrose Hotels, said that the only way to stay in business after the kind of decline he has experienced in the last six months was to reduce their charges.
“Following the current economic situation in the country, we decided to reduce our rates to a reasonable amount, just to attract more customers.
“ For instance, we have reduced the rates for our super executive room from N40,000 to N25,000, while our standard room now goes for N15,000 as against N25,000,’’ he said.
He also said that the hotel management has introduced some new services in a bid to attract more customers.
A staff of Emerald Hotel, Mr Kingsly Osakwe, also complained about the low patronage in recent months, saying, “The charge for our standard room per night is now N14 000 as against N23, 500."
However, Osakwe commended the Delta Government for its programmes and asked that the tourism sector of the state be developed, noting that it would boost the economy.
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Amidst these changes, a businessman based in Asaba, Mr Philip Edeh, commended the Asaba hotel operators for reducing their charges, while urging them to improve their services and ensure a clean environment.