Cross River State Government, on Tuesday, gave N1 million grant each to 10 hotels in Calabar as part of its efforts to boost tourism in the state.
“The 10 exceptional hotels were carefully selected based on their commendable efforts in staying up-to-date with licensing requirements and their potential for remarkable growth.
“The recognition is not merely a financial grant.
“It is a vote of confidence in their commitment to excellence, service quality, and the advancement of the state’s tourism landscape,’’ Ojoi Ekpenyong, managing director, Cross River Tourism Bureau, said at the Cross River Tourism Grant Award Presentation.
He said the effort was also aimed at ensuring that hotels in the state were in good shape.
The 10 hotels that got the grants would be closely monitored in line with the grant criteria and the minimum requirements for industry standards, he added.
Mr Ekpenyong said the award, which was starting with hotels in the Southern Senatorial District of the state, would continue in the first quarter of 2024 in the Central Senatorial District, and then move to the Northern District in the third quarter before returning to the south before the 2024 Calabar Carnival.
“We acknowledge that the tourism industry thrives when our hospitality partners are thriving.
“It is in this spirit that we embarked on this journey of empowerment, knowing that by investing in our hotels, we invest in the very essence of our tourism potential,’’ he said.