Sounds of classical music as Transcorp Hilton ushers in yuletide
In its yearly tradition, Transcorp Hilton Hotel Plc, Abuja, during the week, performed the symbolic lighting of the Christmas Tree.
The ceremony, which has survived several decades, usually marks the beginning of Christmas activities in the hotel.
This year’s edition witnessed a huge turnout of people, including secondary school students within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who gathered to have a glimpse of the symbolic lighting of the Christmas Tree.
According to the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Owen Omogiafo, activities leading to the lighting up of the giant tree, which greets every guest to the hotel, begins each year in the first week of December with the decoration of the hotel foyer to evoke the spirit of Christmas, often culminate in rendition of classical music.
After what was considered a thrilling performance by the Metropolitan Music Society (AMEMUSO), this year’s ceremony, performed by top management of the hotel, led by the President/Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Plc, owners of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Chief Valentine Ozigbo, and Omogiafo, who gathered by the tree and at the prompting of the conductor, brightened the entire reception area with various colours of Christmas light.
Both the children and adult arms of the choir performed some popular Christmas songs to the delight of the audience.
Omogiafo noted that the Yuletide is a season of joy and love, adding: “For Nigerians, it is a time we are all united without ethnic or religious barriers. The season brings people of distinct backgrounds together.
“For us at the Hilton, the lighting of Christmas Tree marks the commencement of the season. We have done this for over three decades and we try to make it better each year.”
Excited by the huge turnout of guests, General Manager of the hotel, Kelvin Bret, said the occasion was not a time for speeches, but relaxation, which the hospitality outfit signifies.
Public Relations Manager, Shola Adeyemo, while highlighting the relationship among hospitality, tourism and festivity, noted that the three are inseparable and it is in that spirit that the celebration is observed every year to usher in activities synonymous with Christmas.
“To reciprocate the patronage of our customers and guests, the hotel planned series of activities for their relaxation and enjoyment at Christmas, for both parents and children,” Adeyemo added.
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