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Lifestyle Boat Cruise… Exploring leisure side of Lagos

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Tourists on a boat cruise at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort

Though Lagos remains the commercial capital of Africa, with business tourists trooping in and out of the city, the truth is that the leisure part of Lagos is yet to be fully explored.

In a move that is aimed at providing tourists with the best of experience in the leisure world of Lagos, the management of La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort has partnered Radisson Blu Hotel to launch a new tourism offering tagged La Campagne, Radisson Blu Boat Cruise Lifestyle.

Conceived to help tourists explore the Lagos waterways and also cut down on the travelling hours from any part of Lagos to the resort, which is based in Ikegun Village, Ibeju Lekki axis, the new service was launched recently with a maiden cruise from the Radisson Blu Victoria Island to La Campagne Resort, with some showbiz personalities onboard.

The cruise, which commenced from the hotel’s jetty lasted for about an hour and offered guests a foretaste of what the new service has to offer. The experience on this day was quite unique and went beyond the normal boat cruise offerings.
 
An all-embracing package, spiced with entertainment onboard, the cruise with a dinner and leisure packages for guests at the resort. These include an array of water sports, as well as entertainment by Atunda Entertainment, with the trio of Anu Lady Ekwe, Olo midan bata and Ara (Thunder) enthralling guests with a blend of African and contemporary tunes.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, the President of La Campagne, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, who is also the founder of Motherland Beckons, an organisation devoted to building the continent of Africa through arts, entertainment, culture and tourism, said the boat cruise project was designed to harvest the vast wealth of Lagos waters.

For the tourism promoter, it is another dream come through, even as he lamented the waste being visited on the vast coastal line across the country and Lagos, which has remained under – utilised over the years.

He informed that the Lagos lagoon spans a space of 211 kilometres, with over 198 kilometres of beachfront spread across, while Nigeria as a whole boasts over 804 kilometres stretch of beachfront spread across over six states, with Lagos blessed with the largest beachfront.

The good news, he noted, is the fact that La Campagne has now found a worthy partner with whom they can now explore the fallow Lagos water so as to offer a new experience in water leisure, as it is done in other saner climes, to Nigerians, especially tourists, who for years have yearned for opportunity to explore the beauties and riches of the Lagos waters.

With the new partnership, he noted, the dream of exploring the leisure side of Lagos will soon materialize.

“We are breathing life into Lagos water with this new project,” which according to him, will make a difference in the way people travel and explore the water because it is the break of a new dawn for lovers of water sports and leisure.

“It’s not about cruising on water only, the boat will ferry guests from the hotel in the early hours of the morning after breakfast to the resort. While onboard, they will be treated to lavish and savoury offerings such as musical, dance and comic shows of all sorts.”

According to him, a well-fitted and stylishly decorated boat will be deployed for the service. Onboard entertainment, he said is going to be first-class and nothing near what people are used to before.

“The onboard entertainment will feature such sessions as sax time with popular saxophonists and keyboard time with popular keyboardist, as well as time out with Atunda Entertainment crew, led by Anu, Olo and Ara. At the resort, the guests will further be treated to exciting top packages designed in the unique style of the award-winning and world acclaimed African theme resort.”

On his part, the Director of Sales and Marketing of Radisson Blu, Wellington Mpofu, expressed delight over the project, describing it is a way the hotel is contributing to the development of the tourism business in Lagos.

“You are going to have an amazing time of your life; we are going to have a good ride on Lagos waters. This is going to revolutionise the way we view tourism in this city; it’s a new paradigm shift and what we do with people visiting the city.”


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