BrandArena: IFMA Nigeria Partners with Balmoral Group to Elevate Hospitality Industry Standards

Wednesday 19 June 2024

IFMA Nigeria Partners with Balmoral Group to Elevate Hospitality Industry Standards

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Nigeria Chapter has partnered with the Balmoral Group to enhance strategic capacity building and set global hospitality management standards.

This landmark partnership, formalized during a ceremony in Lagos, represents the first of its kind in Nigeria's hospitality sector. It aims to establish stronger institutions adhering to international best practices across the industry.

Through this collaboration, Balmoral Group positions itself as a leader in aligning with global best practices in events and hospitality within Nigeria.

IFMA President ESV Olalekan Akinwumi stated that the partnership will serve as a benchmark for regulating and elevating hospitality industry standards in Nigeria.
"I want to appreciate the Balmoral Group for their forward-thinking approach. Building capacity involves looking beyond today, as all knowledge is utilized in the future. For us as facility managers, ensuring a safe environment goes beyond the building and includes the well-being of people.

"This strategic collaboration aims to establish safe event centers, positioning Balmoral Group as a benchmark for the industry. Our partnership will enable us to train staff and enhance facility management skills, leading to efficient service delivery. We believe this journey will set a new standard for the Nigerian hospitality industry, attract foreign confidence, and enhance the experience of visitors."

The Chief Executive Officer of Balmoral Group, Dr. Ezekiel Adamu, noted that the brand is poised to deliver excellence across its operations, the partnership with IFMA will no doubt steer conversations that would bring the Nigerian hospitality industry to par with world standards in hospitality. He charged vendors that work with event and hospitality firms to get incorporated into the system to ensure uniformity across board.

"Our collaboration with IFMA focuses on innovation, education, and sustainability, ensuring operational excellence through their expertise in sustainable facility management. Together, Balmoral Event Center and IFMA will enhance our facilities' efficiency, safety, and overall experience by exploring advanced technologies and methodologies.

“We will offer top-tier training programs, certifications, and industry insights to our staff, clients, and communities. With IFMA's guidance, we will implement eco-friendly practices and aim to extend this partnership to other venues across Nigeria and Africa, encouraging businesses to seek IFMA certification. We hope the government mandates facility team certifications for event centers."

On his part the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr. Babatunde Ajayi, represented by the Director, Noise Control, Mrs. Abosede Natufe, congratulated the duo for the bold step in championing the cause for environmental protection and safety in the hospitality industry.

The IFMA-Balmoral partnership for promoting environmental protection and best practices, highlighting its alignment with the ongoing climate change conference. This collaboration exemplifies responsible action and lessens the burden on government agencies, setting a model for the hospitality industry.

Coinciding with the 10th Lagos State Climate Change Conference, this initiative addresses the impact of human activities on safety and protection. Partnerships like IFMA and Balmoral relieve government agencies and set a model for the hospitality industry."

Meanwhile, giving a word of advice to the duo, Ms. Iyabode Aboaba stressed the importance of maintaining excellence and passion in service delivery. "To do great work, you have to be passionate. To all of us here, let us crave for excellence. You could be labelled but don't mind that label. That label will become something that people will admire in you with time," she said.

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