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Old April 16th, 2005, 02:01 PM   #1
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TINAPA CITY: The Making of Africa’s Premier Business and Leisure Resort

TINAPA: The Making of Africa’s Premier Business and Leisure Resort in Nigeria

22.01.2005
Business Day (Johannesburg)


The beautiful mountainous range amply qualifies for a scenery in a typical Hollywood movie. Adorned with lush green vegetation and light forests, which have been complimented by flow of the Calabar River, nature could not be more generous to the Adiabo community which lies about 30km in the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River state capital in the Sout of Nigeria. Any visitor to this area leaves with an impression of land that has live in its full. It is no surprise therefore that the state Governor, Donald Duke made the choice of Adiabo community to host his dream eco-tourism project, the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort.

The idea of Tinapa itself did not come in a day as it has been part of a long held plan by the Governor to harness the enormous tourism potentials of the state into economic benefits for the Government and people of the state. Duke, the State Governor told THISDAY that on assumption of office, his resolve was to focus on two key sectors of the economy namely; Agriculture because of its centrality as employer of over 80 per cent of the state's population and tourism, because of its potentials to launch the state into the comity of fast moving economies of Africa.

Duke's dream to transform Cross River into tourism wonderland crystallized into a solid idea sometime in 2003 when he appointed a team of experts and consultants from South Africa, Italy, China and Germany to conduct a study on the establishment of an integrated business and tourism resort. The committee submitted its report in the course of the year with a strong recommendation of the economic viability of the project. The adoption of the report led to a firm investment decision by the state government to embark on the project.

Following its incorporation, a ground breaking ceremony was performed in January 2004 during which Gitto Construction company, an Italian firm was contracted to kick-start the project especially site surveys and clearance, sand filling and primary access roads. .

FEATURES OF THE RESORT

As originally conceived, Tinapa Business Resort is not only ambitious, it is novel in the annals of the economic history of Nigeria and indeed Africa. The original idea, according to Duke, is to have an integrated business and tourism set up where visitors from both within and outside the country would have the opportunity to shop for goods of various kinds of international standard in a friendly environment which offers full leisure, thus achieving a perfect integration of serious business and leisure.

Duke displayed in the Government House Calabar disclosed that the Tinapa Business Resort would have among other facilities four emporiums of each 80,000m the size of three football fields) in the main bowl. These emporiums would have goods of various types which Nigerians hitherto travel to Dubai, Europe and other internationally recognized free trade zones to purchase.
Apart from the emporiums there would be several entertainment centres with facilities for cinemas, food courts, games arcade and other attractions.

In the plan also, at least two luxury hotels would be built. The first with 250 rooms to cater for accommodation needs of visitors and the second, a 300-rooom self-catering apartment hotel. Also in the leisure segment, an artificial of lake of 2km would be created to provide for boating by tourists. Other facilities to be put on in the complex include a huge water park, golf parks, numerous restaurants, a cultural village which shall have crafts, traditional dresses and other cultural items to offer and support services like sick bay, management offices, fire fighting centre etc.

In subsequent phases, the resort would have another hotel and massive conference complex, two luxury lodges, expanded leisure and entertainment facilities including water sports, quad biking, archery and expanded cultural and educational components including an aviary, Africa´s largest aquarium, a crocodile farm and primate rehabilitation centre among others.

Tinapa no doubt is an ambitious project. With estimated cost put at over $1 billion, it is clearly the biggest investment of its kind anywhere in Africa.. He hinged his optimism on the calculation that from the feasibility report, at least 3 million people were expected at the Tinapa annually
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Nigeria builds a high-speed monorail to link Tinapa City Resort


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

As a way of complementing the transport services provided by the Margaret Ekpo International Airport (MEIA) Calabar, a 14 kilometre monorail will be constructed from the airport to link the Tinapa Resort, thereby reducing traffic congestion that passengers might face when they move by road.
The Gouvenor Duke said: "We want to build the 24 km high-speed monorail to link Tinapa. My vision is that by year 2010, Cross River State will be the centre of tourism in Nigeria and that explains why our investment in tourism in the last four years has been the highest in West Africa."

Explaining further the huge benefits tourists stand to enjoy in Tinapa when completed, the governor said: "Tinapa is trade free zone that will have a lot of facilities akin to what is in advanced countries. We’ll have massive super stores like Walmart. It’ll have Casinos, recreation parks and other facilities that will make it unnecessary for Nigerians to want to travel abroad for vacations. How it will work is that as soon as passengers alight from the plane, they get into the monorail and from there straight to Tinapa Resort."
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Can one by-pass Lagos and the city's notorious airport to get to Tinapa ?
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Personally, I lived in Lagos and in consequence had to travel through Lagos aiport. I the 90´s it was utter hell, to put it mildly. However when I returned last year and I was surprised that there was irremarkably considerable improvement....although not world-class!!!. The best airport in Nigeria is by far Abuja airport which is newly built by a German construction company that nearly built everthing from scratch in this modern and fast-growing capital as well. Nigeria is a country with loads of potential (sixth largest producer of oil, fifth largest reserves of natural gas in the world, billions of dollars have beeen recently invested into LNG plants of which Nigeria will become the third largest producer behind Russi and Qatar in 2010... and the mining and metal sector that litterally screams to be tapped) And don´t forget that there are numerous Nigerians who have been educated admiringly well. (abroad and even in Nigeria) I would say, the best in sub-saharan Africa (besides South Africa, of course).

As far as your question is concerned: I do think that the notorious Lagos airport can be avoided...as there are plans are in the pipeline as well to upgrade Calabar airport (in Cross River State whre this fanatstic resort will be constructed)....they are even thinkng of constructing a new one.

There are a lot of South African companies pouring into Nigeria presently due to the sheer size of the market (more than 140 million people)

Due to Côte d´ivoire downfall in the past five years which all boiled down to the leaving of tens of thousands of French citizens (some of whom lived there for two to three generations) and due to Nigeria´s return to civilian rule, the country is emerging again as the undisputed powerhouse of the sub-region...and business people from all over are streaming inn.

However, it is more than bullshit that there are thousands of Nigeria out of the millions who are doing every bit to destroy the country. Nigeria presently has an ashamingly bad image beacause of those stupid monney-grabbing asholes. (419 scams).

But Obansanjo is not a bad president in comparison with the other idiots who have ruined the country in the 80´s and especially during the 90´s. (Don´t forget that Nigeria had a good image in the 70´s due to the massive and sudden oil boom). Obasanjo is doing a lot to polish up the image of the country and fighting corruption which is not an easy task at all (for it is already institutionalied).....but his reforms are slowly but steadily bearing fruit......I am dead sure that Nigeria with all its human and natural wealth has got the potential of turning into the Brazil of Africa or at least claim its position due to its size on the continent.
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Can one by-pass Lagos and the city's notorious airport to get to Tinapa ?
I hope so. If Calabar airport can be open to large planes, I'd hardly fly into Lagos. Too congested. I'd just go into Calabar. Occasionally i've flown into Port harcourt.
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TINAPA: The Making of Africa’s Premier Business and Leisure Resort in Nigeria

22.01.2005
Business Day (Johannesburg)


The beautiful mountainous range amply qualifies for a scenery in a typical Hollywood movie. Adorned with lush green vegetation and light forests, which have been complimented by flow of the Calabar River, nature could not be more generous to the Adiabo community which lies about 30km in the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River state capital in the Sout of Nigeria. Any visitor to this area leaves with an impression of land that has live in its full. It is no surprise therefore that the state Governor, Donald Duke made the choice of Adiabo community to host his dream eco-tourism project, the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort.

The idea of Tinapa itself did not come in a day as it has been part of a long held plan by the Governor to harness the enormous tourism potentials of the state into economic benefits for the Government and people of the state. Duke, the State Governor told THISDAY that on assumption of office, his resolve was to focus on two key sectors of the economy namely; Agriculture because of its centrality as employer of over 80 per cent of the state's population and tourism, because of its potentials to launch the state into the comity of fast moving economies of Africa.

Duke's dream to transform Cross River into tourism wonderland crystallized into a solid idea sometime in 2003 when he appointed a team of experts and consultants from South Africa, Italy, China and Germany to conduct a study on the establishment of an integrated business and tourism resort. The committee submitted its report in the course of the year with a strong recommendation of the economic viability of the project. The adoption of the report led to a firm investment decision by the state government to embark on the project.

Following its incorporation, a ground breaking ceremony was performed in January 2004 during which Gitto Construction company, an Italian firm was contracted to kick-start the project especially site surveys and clearance, sand filling and primary access roads. .

FEATURES OF THE RESORT

As originally conceived, Tinapa Business Resort is not only ambitious, it is novel in the annals of the economic history of Nigeria and indeed Africa. The original idea, according to Duke, is to have an integrated business and tourism set up where visitors from both within and outside the country would have the opportunity to shop for goods of various kinds of international standard in a friendly environment which offers full leisure, thus achieving a perfect integration of serious business and leisure.

Duke displayed in the Government House Calabar disclosed that the Tinapa Business Resort would have among other facilities four emporiums of each 80,000m the size of three football fields) in the main bowl. These emporiums would have goods of various types which Nigerians hitherto travel to Dubai, Europe and other internationally recognized free trade zones to purchase.
Apart from the emporiums there would be several entertainment centres with facilities for cinemas, food courts, games arcade and other attractions.

In the plan also, at least two luxury hotels would be built. The first with 250 rooms to cater for accommodation needs of visitors and the second, a 300-rooom self-catering apartment hotel. Also in the leisure segment, an artificial of lake of 2km would be created to provide for boating by tourists. Other facilities to be put on in the complex include a huge water park, golf parks, numerous restaurants, a cultural village which shall have crafts, traditional dresses and other cultural items to offer and support services like sick bay, management offices, fire fighting centre etc.

In subsequent phases, the resort would have another hotel and massive conference complex, two luxury lodges, expanded leisure and entertainment facilities including water sports, quad biking, archery and expanded cultural and educational components including an aviary, Africa´s largest aquarium, a crocodile farm and primate rehabilitation centre among others.

Tinapa no doubt is an ambitious project. With estimated cost put at over $1 billion, it is clearly the biggest investment of its kind anywhere in Africa.. He hinged his optimism on the calculation that from the feasibility report, at least 3 million people were expected at the Tinapa annually

I've been reading about this project and can't wait for it to happen. Sounds exciting. Duke seems to want to top every other project in africa. In Cross River alone he's build variety of projects that are now the longest or the biggest or what have you. Let's hope they can be the most efficient.

You're right, Obasanjo is not a bad president, and I think he was good as a stabilising force, but hopefully someone young like Duke can come in and make things better
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