#BounceExclusive: Even In Recession, The Lagos Party Never Ends
It appears Nigeria’s tough economy is still not being felt within some quarters.
It is either the blue-blood Nigerians are immune or the impact of the recession was not enough to stand between them and their love for parties.
Christmas is a time for celebration for Christians and non-Christians alike.
In 2017, there was an economic recession that bit so hard for most months. Several red-blood people are still licking their physical, psychological and economic wounds.
Bounce News investigation in Lagos, the emerging Mega City, shows otherwise.
Our correspondent sought to see whether the tough economy affected patronage of event venues across Lagos.
We checked out 5 top event venues and you’d be surprised to learn how fully booked they are already for the rest of December.
Our first stop was at number one hotspot for grand events in Lagos - Eko Hotel.
*The Eko Convention Centre
Eko Convention Centre as it is called is the largest multipurpose conference; banquet and exhibition spot in Nigeria.
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It is known for hosting first class shows and events.
To host an event here, you may have to cough out about 9 million naira. It could be higher during this festive season.
Despite this price tag, it has sold out for this month. When Bounce News contacted the managers, we were told the only day available is the 19th of December, which is only tentatively available.
*Lagos Oriental Hotel
At our next stop – Lagos Oriental Hotel – the entire event halls in the hotel was sold out.
The managers told Bounce not even a single day is left un-booked.
Situated along the Lekki-Epe Express Way, the Lagos Oriental Hotel is a venue to relish and offers some of the most breathtaking event venues in Lagos.
The Grand Ballroom has a capacity of between 1,200 and 2,000 depending on sitting style.
But with this quality comes with top notch price of about 5 million naira. Yet all its halls have been taken up.
*Landmark Event Centre
The situation was much the same at Landmark Event Centre. Event at a price tag of 4.5 million naira, the venue had sold out for this month but for 18th which is also tentatively available. (It could have been snatched up before this report goes live).
The Landmark is an ideally-positioned event venue on the beachfront of the Atlantic Ocean in Victoria Island, Lagos.
With parking for over 1,000 vehicles and capacity to accommodate between 1,600 and 2,500; it is a venue of choice for most people looking to host quality event.
By now you must have disabused your mind if you thought the economic recession affected celebrations this year.
*Dorchester Event Centre
If those at the top are smiling to the bank, how much more budget venues such as the Dorchester Event Centre?
Dorchester is situated in Victoria Island, Lagos and offers space for between 1,500 and 4,000 persons depending on the sitting style.
With about 1.5 to 2.7 million naira, you can snatch up a venue here, but it is almost too late. At the time Bounce reached out, it had only 15th and 26th December as unconfirmed booking dates.
*Civic Centre Lagos
Like Dorchester, another budget venue that is almost snatched up is the popular Civic Centre at Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island. When Bounce News checked, only three days – 18th, 24th and 28th of December were still free.
Civic Centre is not only a venue but a tiurist attraction in Lagos. Its Grand Banquet hall is ideal for large corporate or grand social functions. It sits between 600 and 1000 persons and costs about 2.5 million naira.
Founder/Chief Executive Officer of online venue booking platform, VenueHero.co, Uche Aniche told Bounce News that compared to last year, there are actually more bookings on his platform which has more than 4000 listed event venues.
What on earth can separate Lagosians from their love for parties? If a recession can't nothing else will...
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