Koko Beach & Resorts: The Makings of a Lagos Hybrid Tourist Spot

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There is little, if any, disagreement that Lagos is the busiest commercial city in Nigeria, probably also in West Africa.

The ever-crowded roads that are always busy with people coming and going for their daily activities testify to the saying that Lagos is a land of hustlers. Despite this, there are still some getaway places in Lagos State where people go for relaxation and sightseeing.

There is also the Koko Beach Hotels & Resorts project, located between Ibeshe and Ikaare, which should further boost tourism potential.

The resort is being created as an exclusive getaway island, a hybrid of African culture and world-class standard. A team of government officials and businessmen recently visited to inspect the ongoing construction of Koko Beach Hotels & Resorts.

Among the team were Flytime Promotions CEO Cecil Hammond; CEO and President Arbico Construction, Adebisi Adebutu; Dangote Industries Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Founder and Developer, Koko Beach Hotels & Resorts, Richie Shittu, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Geregu Power Plc, Mr. Femi Otedola, and Chairman of the Nigerian Football Association, Mr. Amaju Pinnick. The choice of men who made this tour is, in itself, an indication of the sectors and industries that have an interest in seeing the project come to fruition.

The Koko Beach Hotel & Resorts must have a choice infrastructure and technology, without losing contact with nature, characteristic of any tourist place. There are an array of coconut trees spread across the site, presenting a serene environment that adds to the lush landscape of the site.

As of the master plan, the resort will have a sports centre, cinema, 12 stables, bars, clinic and pharmacy, petrol station, restaurant, beach club swimming pool and games room, which will will make it a world out of this world.

It will also include a water park, an event center, a spa and gym for recreation, a water sports center, 4 bedroom villas, 3 bedroom villas, honeymoon suites and suites hotel for families wishing to escape peacefully and commune with nature. To keep the station environmentally friendly, there will also be a waste treatment plant and a sewage treatment plant.

There will be constant power supply (national grid and backup) and high level security, and the station will have direct access from all locations. It will have a helipad, which will make it accessible by air without having to cross the airport and traffic to the station. The proximity to the lagoon also makes it accessible by water and of course there are also land routes that connect to it.

The beautiful landscape architecture of Koko Beach & Resort seems very compatible with the vision of Lagos Mega City and also provides that serene environment that people would want to run around in, after all the hustle and bustle.

The master plan gives vacation lovers a lot to look forward to when it’s finished, but there’s still plenty to do. When completed, the Koko Beach & Resorts will create between 1,000 and 2,000 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs.

With more than 25,000 tourist visits expected each year, the resort will boost tourism’s contribution to the country’s GDP and also create opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses. This is what some experts sum up as “more revenue for business, more revenue for government.

The eco-friendly environment and the preservation of the natural habitat will be a breath of fresh air for a city like Lagos, where residents constantly have to deal with fumes from automobiles. Additionally, the resort will explore the potentials of the lagoon and ocean to the fullest, as it is positioned to combine the calm of the lagoon with the energy of the Atlantic.

With proper management, it would become a premier tourist destination in Nigeria and improve Nigeria’s hospitality rating globally. There are endless opportunities for international partnerships and foreign investment that the Koko Beach & Resorts project will also attract to Nigeria, and this is just one of the reasons for the interest from various sectors.

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