Organisers of the annual Hotel Managers Conference (HMC), which is slated for Owerri, Imo State capital city, between July 13 and 14, have unveiled a list of impressive and renowned operators and technocrats in Nigeria’s tourism sector as speakers.
This year’s conference, which is the fifth edition, with the theme, Performance Management: Managers and Owners Dilemma, held at Swiss International Beland Hotel, Owerri, would feature eight speakers and 10 panelists.
The headline speakers include; Professor Wasiu Babalola, Chairman, Institute of Hospitality UK-Nigeria chapter; Dr. Michael Pinder, General Managing, Ogeyi Place Hotel, Port Harcourt; Dr. Belinda Nwosu, Faculty Member, Lagos Business School; Alhaji Sunmonu Dauud Gbenga, Managing Consultant of Complete Hospitality Services Limited and President, Nigeria Hotel and Catering Institute (NHCI); Benedicta Ogar, Lead Consultant and Chief Executive Officer, CityBee Services; Dr. Eric Mekwuye, Chief Executive Officer, HoReCaBB Mentors (HM Group)/Chief Faculty, Hospitality Business School, Lagos and Dr. Omopeju Afanu, a serial entrepreneur, she sits on the boards of different organisations and is the founder of Cooper house Hospitality Limited.
While the panelists include; Justina Ovat, Principal Consultant, Calabar Hospitality House, and Vice President, South-South, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN); Uloma P. Danjumbo Udeh, Regional General Manager, BON Hotels International West Africa; Allen Effeh, Lead Consultant, Footprint Hospitality; and Funke Olusoga-Ogunlade, Hospitality and Customer Experience Consultant.
Speaking on this development, the Convener of HMC, Mr. Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday, who is also the Managing Director of Tojum Hospitality, noted that this year’s event would challenge investors, hotel owners, hoteliers and managers on best how to manage, assess and balance the books thereby demystifying the dilemma surrounding the understanding of performance and best practices on how to manage their outfits for increase profitability.
The two days conference would climax with Hotel Managers Awards Night on July 14.