Scarcity Of Hotel Accommodation Hits 2023 Calabar Festival As Number Of Participants Drop


LAGOS DECEMBER 29TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The ongoing annual 2023 Calabar festival has recorded a drop in the number of participat­ing states across Nigeria and the number of countries against what it recorded last year.

In the 2022 edition of the inter­national Calabar carnival, a total of 10 countries and 20 states in Ni­geria participated in the carnival.

However, reports said fif­teen-state cultural contingents, including the Cameroon commu­nity in Calabar, participated in the 2023 Calabar Cultural Carnival.

Among the participating states were Enugu, Kebbi, Edo, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Kwara and Yobe, includ­ing 18 local government areas of the state.

The states that were on the ground to perform at the cultur­al parade included Enugu, Kebbi, Edo, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Kwara and Yobe, including 18 local gov­ernment areas of the state.

However, the 2019 edition of the carnival, themed: “Human­ity’’, displayed cultures from 30 countries and 22 states.

International countries that performed at the 2019 Calabar Carnival were Ethiopia, the U.S., Ukraine, Kenya, Brazil, Czech, Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Belize, and Botswana.

Others were Lesotho, Lithua­nia, Slovakia, Mexico, Hungary, Gambia, Egypt, Vietnam, Chile, France, Switzerland, Indonesia, Mexico and Tanzania.

The 2023 edition is expected to be viewed by an estimated 50 mil­lion online viewers across 54 na­tions who will watch the four-ki­lometre carnival routes fun.

The cultural carnival is one of the activities lined up for the Christmas festivities in the state.

No Hotel Accommodation

The report said visitors troop­ing into Cross River State for the 2023 annual Calabar carnival are finding it difficult to secure hotel accommodation in the city.

Some of the visitors who ar­rived in Calabar city on Monday described their experience in scouting for hotel accommoda­tion as awful.

One of the visitors told Travel and Hospitality they were almost giving up in search of accommo­dation when they were finally able to secure one on the outskirts of the city.

They said they had to make do with what they got, even though it was expensive.

nother visitor Adams Adah told our correspondent: “We thought it would be easy when we came in, but we were made to understand that bookings were made earlier by several of those who planned to come for the car­nival.

“We moved about for hours be­fore we could secure the one we eventually got last night.”

Mama Obi, who said she is from the state but resides in La­gos, attributed the scarcity of ho­tel accommodation to the influx of visitors for the carnival.

She noted that because of the overwhelming demand for ac­commodation, many of the hotels have increased their room rates.

“As I speak with you, there is no longer any hotel space in the heart of Calabar Municipality. If you are lucky, you can get one around Atimbo, Ikorishi, and 8th Mile or in Calabar South,” she ex­plained.

Similarly, another visitor who identified himself simply as Dan, said he arrived on Tuesday morning from Port Harcourt with friends but settled for an apart­ment he had secured over two weeks ago.

Daily Independent

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