Niger River Delta is the Center of Nigerian Oil Industry, and Home of its Most Important Rainforests
Krisdera Hotel in Omoku Offers World Class Accommodations for Business and Leisure Travelers
Nigeria’s Rainforests are Home to a Huge Variety of Plants and Animals, while the Nigerian Government takes Steps to Manage Resources Responsibly
Nigerian rainforests are home to 900 species of birds
The first commercial discovery of oil in Nigeria occurred in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta. Within five years, a number of foreign companies were exploring for oil and gas in Nigeria and offshore. Nigeria became a major player in the world market by the early 1970’s and today is the sixth largest oil producing country in the world and the most populous member of OPEC. In addition to substantial production and reserves of oil, Nigeria also has proven natural gas reserves that place it in the top ten in the world.
Oil and gas are very important components of the Nigerian economy, providing more than a third of its GDP and more than 90 percent of its export revenue. The national government has invested considerable resources in developing the industry, which has brought unprecedented wealth to the country. Most of the activity is concentrated in the south of the country, and over the past few decades population in the area has grown rapidly, along with infrastructure and employment opportunities.
Among the steps the government has taken to promote oil and gas exploration in Nigeria is the provision of tax breaks, the building of roads, bridges, port facilities and other infrastructure improvements, allows repatriation of profit by foreign investors. The government provides an even playing field for all petroleum companies, regardless of nationality in order to promote foreign investment. Nigeria enjoys one of the lowest rates of production costs in the world and has substantial proven reserves, reducing exploration risk.
The town of Omoku lies in the heart of oil country in Nigeria, and many travelers associated with the industry stay there. Its location about equidistant from the commercial centers of Port Harcourt, Warri and Owerri make it a handy base of operations for doing business in any of those places.
But while Nigeria is probably best known today for its oil deposits, the country is also home to some of the richest remaining rainforest on the continent, a swath that also runs right through Omoku. Nigerian rainforests contain a rich diversity of flora and fauna, with some 900 species of birds, nearly 5,000 species of plants, and hundreds of species of other animals, many of which are endangered or threatened, making it one of the most ecologically vibrant places of the planet, and an important center for Nigerian ecotourism.
Ecotourism is a relatively new industry in Nigeria, and Omoku is well positioned to receive ecotourists. It is the nearest large town to the Bayelsa National Forest, a protected area which runs along the Niger River where visitors can see a myriad of colorful native birds and learn about medicines and other forest products from the indigenous people who live there.
The best equipped hotel in Omoku is Krisdera Hotels & Resort Limited
Money from ecotourism not only helps to preserve the forest, but a good chunk of it also stays in the community, supporting native artisans, farmers and small businesses, alleviating poverty. All over the world, rainforests are a dwindling resource, and responsible tourism not only allows visitors to come into contact with native culture and beliefs, but it helps to preserve the environment and ensure the survival of the local wildlife.
In recent years the Nigerian government has taken positive steps to curb logging and to make sure that oil exploration is done in an environmentally responsible way. Working with local governments and NGO’s in order to raise public awareness, the forests and the people and animals that depend on them are receiving more and more support. According to Hon. Alabo Graham-Douglas, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, "Ecotourism conserves the natural environments and sustains the well-being of local people.... "The continent is endowed with a vast potential of human and natural resources.”
The best equipped hotel in Omoku is Krisdera Hotels & Resort Limited. It boasts amenities normally found in larger cities, including luxury suites, conference and banquet facilities for parties of up to 500, high tech communications and sports facilities which include a gymnasium, badminton, tennis, and swimming where local teams often come to compete. The parking area accommodates up to 500 vehicles.
Because it is a full service hotel, it also offers space for weddings, receptions and other events that require well appointed halls and/or first class catering. The staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to attend to the needs of the most discriminating guests. In addition, there is 24/7 laundry service and an on site shopping center for guests’ convenience, as well as 24 hour room service.
The on premises restaurants offer fare to satisfy tastes from around the world, including local dishes, Chinese, Indian, Continental, Halal, or other specialty items. Guests can even enjoy food and drink poolside, and the barbeque is a popular spot for swimmers. Full service bars are on site, and there are plenty of intimate spaces in which to have smaller gatherings. Booking a stay at Krisdera or making arrangements for touring the area is also easy, with an on site Krisda Travel Agency and concierge. The hotel can arrange for pickup at the airport, domestic or international flights, car rental, guided tours, visa attendance, and a myriad of other details.
The committee was particularly impressed by the complete menu of services offered in a relatively small town (33,000 population) along with the modern look of the facilities. It is apparent the owners have invested a lot of resources in providing a quality experience for their guests. Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Krisdera Hotel in Omoku, Nigeria has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015 at the convention in London.
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BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.