Special Guest Of Honour At Launch of Aura Platform By Transcorp Hotels
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE LAUNCH OF THE AURA PLATFORM BY TRANSCORP HOTELS ON THE 8TH OF JULY, 2021
I must say I was intrigued by the whole concept of Aura. So, I actually went to the website to better acquaint myself with the service. I had thought the app was only available on Android devices, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was also available on Apple.
I downloaded the app and I have it both on my phone and my iPad. I found the dashboard easy to navigate and already there is a copious offering of hotels, short-let apartments, experience tours, and even photographers, at least one is registered. And the restaurants are particularly interesting, so they lure you into it by showing you a photo of an incredibly mouthwatering meal, and I saw a few, I almost felt convinced to break my fast early.
There was an amazing-looking chicken cheese pizza from Barnyard Lounge in Asaba; some irresistible chicken meal from 5 Star Chicken from Platino in Lagos and some carry go suya and spice prawns at 355 here in Abuja. From the photo of the meal, that takes you to the restaurant itself and you have booking options, dine-in, pick up or have it delivered.
But I think the feature many, especially property owners will find most fascinating, is the host feature. This enables you to list your own property and there are terms and conditions you need to meet for your property to be accepted. Same for whatever other entertainment facility you may wish to put out there for letting.
Aura is simply a digital hospitality platform and there are a number of digital platforms already, but the unique offering here is that Transcorp (Nigeria’s foremost luxury hotel) is putting its huge reputation behind the service of helping customers choose the best accommodation, restaurants, and experience tours available in Nigeria.
The advantages of this service are varied; first, the customer can rely on the experience and judgment of world-class personnel at Transcorp in choosing hotels and restaurants.
Secondly, Transcorp helps to build other smaller hospitality businesses and even those simply offering their apartments as short let by recommending their accommodation to potential guests. A Transcorp recommendation is more or less an accreditation that the accommodation or other hospitality service meets the highest standards for which Transcorp is known.
This is great all around and will help revive the hospitality industry faster especially since the downturn in the aftermath of Covid-19.
I would like to commend the Transcorp team led by my brother and man of ideas, Tony Elumelu. This is an excellent innovation, a service that leverages smoothly on technology, and one that will be a tremendous boost to the hospitality industry as a whole. And because I have checked it out myself, I can say that my Aura experience was very good.
It is with great pleasure that I invite the Chairman of Transcorp Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Group CEO of Transcorp; Mrs. Owen Omogiafo, CEO of Transcorp Hotels; Mrs. Dupe Olusola and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Right Honourable Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila to join me on stage as I officially launch Aura by Transcorp Hotels Plc to the world.
Thank you very much.