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Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort is Nigeria’s hidden gem, Tourism Minister declares

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Following the launch of the Ecogenesis Incubator Programme in Ekiti State, the Minister of Tourism, Ms. Lola Ade-John has described Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort and Conference Centre as a standout tourist destination.

Describing it as one of the most charming places in Nigeria, she emphasised the government’s commitment to partner with the private sector to continue supporting the growth of tourism at iconic locations like Ikogosi Resort, to ensure it becomes a global tourist hotspot.

“I was so impressed when I drove into Ikogosi, the foliage, the greenery, the whole place is charming and enticing”, Ade-John remarked, highlighting the resort’s excellent hiking trails and urging Nigerians to embrace hiking clubs for exploring the country’s natural beauty.

During her visit to the state, Ade-John was warmly received by Governor Biodun Oyebanji, who joined her on a tour of the springs on Easter Sunday. “Every community (such as Ikogosi) has a story, and we want to share those stories across the land.

“Real tourists don’t care much about hotels and airports. They want to get to where the action is. It is hiking trails such as this that enable them to connect with the communities in a way that they won’t have anywhere else”, Ade-John shared with journalists during her visit.

She underscored the significance of community stories in tourism, emphasising that authentic experiences like hiking trails allow tourists to connect with local communities in meaningful ways.

This sentiment echoes the mission of the Federal Government’s Ecogenesis Incubator programme, designed to empower residents, tour operators, and guides with essential skills for thriving in the tourism industry.

Expressing gratitude for the unwavering support of both federal and state governments, General Manager of Glocient Hospitality, Lanre Balogun highlighted the substantial tourism potential of Nigeria.

He cited the story of Ikogosi since its acquisition by Glocient Hospitality, operators of Ikogosi Resort and Conference Centre, as a prime example of how tourism can drive economic growth, create employment opportunities, attract foreign investment while transforming local communities.

He said, “Under the leadership of our chairman Niyi John Olajide and with the support of the federal and state government, we will continue to invest in the hospitality sector, creating jobs and adding value to the communities where we operate”.

Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort and Conference Centre is the winner of the Best Holiday Resort in Nigeria for 2023.

It is a captivating hospitality and tourist destination nestled in the picturesque town of Ikogosi, southwestern Nigeria. The resort houses the only confluence of warm and cold-water springs in the world, each maintaining its distinct thermal property as they flow side by side without mixing, making it a truly memorable destination for tourists from Nigeria and abroad.

With a history dating back to 1952, the Resort entered a new phase of transformation in 2022 under the management of Glocient Hospitality Limited, following a 15-year concession awarded by the government. Driven by a passion for excellence, Glocient Hospitality is committed to transforming the resort – and other hotels across Nigeria – into world-class holiday destinations.

As the resort embraces this new era of growth, it continues to be a beacon of natural wonder and warm Nigerian hospitality, inviting travelers to discover the enchantment of Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort.

For more information, please visit www.ikogosiresort.com

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