Lady Alex-Ibru, Runsewe, Kangiwa for Akwaaba 17th African Travel Market
As preparations for this year’s edition of the annual travel and tourism conference and exhibition, Akwaaba African Travel Market, intensify, organizers have unveiled some of the event’s notable guests and speakers. , to be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos between November 29-30.
According to Ikechi Uko, who heads the organizing team, the travel market, which is in its 17th year and is expected to open to a limited number of participants due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations, will be guest of Honor the editor of The Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex – Ibru, who officially declared the event open. Others are the Director General of the National Arts and Crafts Council (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe and the Director General of the National Hospitality and Tourism Institute (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who is one of the main article presenters. .
In addition to the exhibition, which will feature a rich exhibition of services and products across the travel and tourism value chain by exhibitors, a series of lectures, including a hospitality training session, have been scheduled for both gathering days in which stakeholders from both the public and private sectors and the traveling public should participate. The youth tourism session will open the floodgates on Monday with a panel discussion which will be moderated by one of Nigeria’s award-winning travel journalists, Obinna Emelike of Businessday Newspaper while panelists include: Chiamaka Obuekwe, CEO of Social Prefect Tours, Bolaji Seun de Naija Explorers, Dr. Onifade Adekunle Eedris of the Universal Aviation School, Aminat Akanbi, CEO of Triplisters, Cordis Marianuela Umeokoli, CEO of Mardis Travels, Sam Adeleke of TravelwithSamGlobal and Olugbenga Sunday Omotayo, promoter of Idere Hills in the Oyo State. The second panel of the day will be on; Outbound Tours and Travel Tears, highlighting the challenges of tour operators in managing international tours. Panelists include the President of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Nigeria (NANTA), Ms. Susan Akporiaye, David Lamidi, Co-Founder, Diamond and Pearl Travels, Shalom Asuquo-Ankoh, Travel Lab, Cecile Doumbe of CMD Tours, Odion Chigbufue of Tour Brokers International, Egbane Pelagie, Chief Curator of Experience of 3Cords Leisure and Vacation and Gbenga Onitilo of Wakanow while the session will be moderated by the Vice President of the Association of Tour Operators of Nigeria (NATOP) and Federation of Nigeria Tourism Associations (FTAN) Lagos coordinator, Ime Udo.
The day’s activities will end with a training session, which is the second batch of the Nigerian Tourism Specialist Certificate (NTSC) course. The training is in collaboration with NIHOTOUR. Day two activities will be announced by Hospitality Day, with a number of topics for discussion, including a special presentation by Kangiwa on; How to adapt hotel training to international standards.
The members of the panel are: The role of the hotel industry in the leisure economy and the revival of tourism. The Chairman of the FTAN Board of Directors, Chief Samuel Alabi, will intervene; The limits of state regulation of tourism and hotel companies ”.
While the first vice-president of FTAN, Alhaji Aliyu Badaki, will speak; State Registration and Hotel Rating: The Way We Have Been So Far. Professor Wasiu Babalola, Senior Vice President for Africa, Continent Worldwide Hotels, Eric Anderson, Tourism Commissioner, Cross River State, Ini Akpabio, President, Akwa Ibom Hotel and Tourism Board and Princess Adenike Adedoyin, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Department of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The Top 20 Natural Wonders of Nigeria by the Naija7wonders team will be unveiled on the second day of the event by Princess Surah Animashaun, Chairperson of the Epe Local Government Area, Lagos State, Piriye Kiriyamo, and Chairperson of FTAN, Nkereuwem Onung.
As part of the added value for local delegates attending the event, organizers said they will be welcomed on December 1 at the opening ceremony of the Greater Lagos Fiesta by the Lagos State Government while that international delegates will be invited to the annual African film. Academy Awards, AMAA, held on November 28, Akwaaba’s official opening day.