Eric Elezuo

Tinapa is a business and leisure resort just north of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria associated with the Calabar Free Trade Zone. It is being developed in four phases under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) promoted by the Government of Cross River State. The resort is located by the Calabar River, contiguous with the Calabar Free Trade Zone.
The Tinapa Free Zone & Resort has facilities for retail and wholesale activities as well as leisure and entertainment. For consumers, the resort has about 80,000 square metres (860,000 sq ft) of lettable space for retail and wholesale made up of four emporiums of 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft) each and smaller shops, warehouses, and so on.

An entertainment strip contains a casino, digital cinema, children’s arcade, restaurants, a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs. There is an artificial tidal lake that feeds from the Calabar River, a Water Park / Leisure Land and parking Space for about 4,000 cars.

Business facilities include an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, and a movie production studio commonly called “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”. It is set to become the most modern film production studio in Nigeria. There is a 243 room international three star Hotel. The resort also has a truck terminal, and gets power from an independent power plant.

The Tinapa Waterpark is an invitation to experience unequalled family fun in Tinapa’s scenic environment. The Waterpark comprises adult and children sized pools, exciting water games, breath-taking slides, a Lazy River, a Wave-pool – surfer’s delight as well as other exciting attractions.

In addition to these, you can have your choice of beverages and also try out our local delicacies for which Calabar is famous. There is no doubt that you and your loved ones will be soaked in fun and excitement.

The Tinapa Games Arcade is the ideal place to treat the kids to pure and undiluted fun. From diving into the exhilarating excitement of the Ocean Bomber, to keeping up with the fast pace of the Mini Basketball, the kids can slide straight over to a game of Ice Hockey and take control of the Dodge-em cars. Once in this world of fun, it will be a bit of a challenge to want to leave.

Overlooking the Artificial Lake in Tinapa, the Fisherman’s Wharf comprises a food court as well as some pubs.

With such breath-taking scenery, your meals become even more tasty and your drinks more refreshing. Come savor nature at its best as you recline and watch fishing and other activities on the Tinapa tidal Lake.
Tinapa Lakeside Hotel is the premium hotel of choice for men and women of distinction. Exquisiteness and Class oozes out of every single one of the Hotel’s 242 rooms. Tinapa Lakeside boasts of facilities and services which are nothing short of world class. Located in a breath-taking environment, Tinapa Lakeside’s beauty extends from its exterior right to the interior.

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With a team of highly professional experts in the world of hospitality, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel is an experience worth having.

Tinapa was initiated by former Governor Donald Duke as a way to boost business and tourism in the state. Over $350 million was spent on initial development. The first phase of Tinapa Business Resort & Free Zone, Calabar, was commissioned on the 2 April 2007. Tinapa is a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) drive from Calabar by a roundabout route, but the Federal government is building a more direct 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) access road to link it with the city.

The Ultra modern Tinapa Film Studio located within the Tinapa Free Zone & Resort, provides first class production and post production support services to both local and foreign film, television and music producers using the best equipment available in the industry.

Fondly referred to as “Nollywood” by industry watchers, Studio Tinapa is set to become the prime location in Nigeria and indeed the West African Region for producing Feature Films, TV Shows, TV Dramas & other related productions. With Studio Tinapa, your productions are guaranteed to shine brighter than all others. That’s the Tinapa advantage.

Other facilities available at the Tinapa Resort are as follows:
Pre-built retail and wholesale accommodation amounting to an excess of 65,000m2 lettable area composed of Four Emporia of 10,000m2 each, several Line Shops, Warehouses, and so on.

An Open Exhibition Area for Trade Exhibitions and other events.
An entertainment strip that comprise spaces for a Casino, an Eight-Screen digital Cinema, vintage international standard restaurants, a night club and pubs.

Also available with the entertainment Centre is a functional Games Arcade and a mini amphitheater.

There is also an artificial tidal lake that feeds from the CalabarRiver which it self flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Water sport activities including fishing, can be undertaken on the TinapaLake.

A man-made beach where leisure events can be held.
A Two Hundred and Forty Two (242) Room international three star Hotel christened “Tinapa Lakeside Hotel” being operated by the African Sun Hotels, South Africa, one of Africa’s leading hospitality managers.
A movie Production Studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”. It is the most modern film production studio in Nigeria.
A Water Park/ Leisure Land comprising a collection of children and adult size pools, water slides, a wave pool-surfers delight, a lazy river as well as a bar and restaurant.
Parking Space for about Four Thousand Cars
A truck Terminal
A Helipad
An independent power plant that ensures adequate and uninterrupted power supply to the Zone.
Over 6 kilometers of perimeter fencing with a good security network.
A dedicated Police post that provides security for the Zone along with a team of private security organizations.
Efficient Telecommunication facilities.
Uninterrupted water supply
Good internal and external road network that ensures quick access to the adjourning manufacturing based Calabar Free Trade Zone, the Calabar Port, the Margaret Ekpo International Airport as well as the Cross River State major Highway leading to neighboring States within the region.
Over 15 kilometers of underground piping for sewage and storm water.
A sewage treatment plant.

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