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Lascurt International Hotel: How Austine Wareyai turned a Dumpsite into a Flourishing City in Delta

In an exclusive interview with GbaramatuVoice, we had the privilege to sit down with the CEO and Chairman of Lascurt International Hotel, Mr. Austine Wareyai. This enlightening conversation not only unveiled a remarkable narrative of vision, dedication, and community impact but also served as a testament to the profound influence that Lascurt has cast on the cities of Warri, Effurun, and the wider Delta State.

As Lascurt International Hotel commemorates two years of transformative success, we explore the captivating story of its journey and the indelible mark it has left on the local community and the state as a whole.

Mr Austine Wareyai, CEO/Chairman, Lascurt International Hotel

The Genesis of Lascurt: A Vision Unveiled

The CEO’s journey into the world of hospitality began with a rich background in the Oil and Gas sector. As the owner of Auscurt Global Services Limited, a marine logistics company that provided vital support to international giants like Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Chevron, the CEO realized that despite the lucrative nature of the oil and gas industry, it lacked substantial job creation opportunities. This recognition, coupled with his innate passion for job creation, became the catalyst for diversification.

In 2016, the vision of Lascurt was born. This was a pivotal moment where the CEO’s commitment to community and job creation led to the inception of a transformative idea. As he stated, “The love I have for this city… I am coming here to make a difference.”

Transformation of Effurun: From Dump Site to a Thriving City

The impact of Lascurt International Hotel on the Effurun community is undeniable. The CEO’s vision and tireless efforts have metamorphosed what was once a dump site into a thriving and beautiful city. The transformation is remarkable and evident for anyone familiar with Warri and its surroundings.

In the CEO’s own words, “Well, anybody used to this Warri and its environs was, this place was a dump site, I came and transformed this place to a beautiful city, since then you can see it has been very awesome.” This radical change is a testament to his unwavering commitment to improving the community.

Mr. Austine Wareyai, CEO of Lascurt International Hotel, proudly displaying the Niger Delta Distinguished Personality Award presented by GbaramatuVoice on August 30, 2023.

Lascurt’s Contribution to the Local Economy and Community

Lascurt International Hotel has become more than just a hospitality establishment. It has evolved into a cultural hub that regularly hosts events and plays a pivotal role in the economic growth of the area. The CEO emphasized that the positive impact is far-reaching and extends to local businesses, street vendors, and the entire community.

Furthermore, Lascurt is actively involved in community services, support programs, youth engagement, and community development initiatives. The CEO’s dedication to giving back to the community underscores the values that drive Lascurt.

Lascurt as a Global Brand with Local Roots

The CEO’s ambitions for Lascurt go beyond its local impact. He envisions Lascurt as a global brand, and the journey begins from his roots in Warri and Effurun. This perspective not only reflects a commitment to international expansion but also a recognition of the importance of nurturing local connections.

The CEO is also working on the development of Lascurt Signature, which is poised to offer an even more luxurious experience. This expansion is a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

Promotion of Effurun/Warri and Delta State

The impact of Lascurt extends beyond the confines of the cities of Effurun and Warri . The hotel has been a promotional powerhouse for the region, consistently hosting events that have attracted celebrities and visitors to Delta State. This has helped project the state as a peaceful and vibrant destination, fostering tourism and economic growth.

A Two-Year Milestone: The Future Beckons

As Lascurt International Hotel approaches its two-year anniversary on the 27th of this month, the CEO is well-prepared for the celebration. With plans for further expansion and growth, the journey is far from over.

The CEO expressed, “I’m also building another which is the Lascurt Signature, which is going to be two times better than what we have here, so we are all prepared.”

Acknowledging the Team Behind the Success

The CEO is quick to acknowledge the crucial role of the dedicated Lascurt staff in the brand’s success. He stated, “I thank God for blessing the brand with committed staff for taking the brand to where we are and we are still moving forward by the grace of God.”

In conclusion, Lascurt International Hotel stands as an exemplary testament to visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to community transformation. It now epitomizes progress and prosperity, leaving an enduring legacy in Effurun, Warri, Delta State, and the broader hospitality industry. As it celebrates its two-year milestone, the future is exceptionally promising, and Lascurt persists in reshaping the narrative of Warri’s vibrant hospitality scene.

By Vanessa Prebor

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