Lagos Day Returns to Akwaaba African Travel Market Tomorrow – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Lagos, the 6th largest economic and entertainment capital in Africa, will showcase its tourism assets in Akwaaba tomorrow.

The Honorable Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, will lead his team to Eko Hotel to unveil details of the Lagos Tourism Master Plan and other products.

Lagos is the first state to launch a tourism master plan in Nigeria. He has been at the height of tourism engagements in Nigeria over the past year with trainings, meetings and events.

Akwaaba African Travel Market will be declared open by The Guardian Editor, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru. As a special guest of honor, she will join a growing list of female VIPs who have had the honor of opening the biggest travel and tourism events in West Africa.

The list includes former Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism, Ms Anastacia Ndlovu; the former Minister of Housing (Nigeria), Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi; and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO).

She will cut the tape at 12:00 p.m. and talk about the role of the media in promoting tourism and travel.

Mrs. Alex-Ibru is a major player in tourism, being one of the owners of the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island and the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

The Lagos transport system will be on display in Akwaaba. Lagos has one of the most modern transport systems in Africa – the BRT. With the Lagos ferry and blue and red rail services coming, the Lagos Mega City project is well on its way.

Cross River State will also be in Akwaaba to unveil the 32-day Christmas festival. The world famous Calabar Carnival returns this year, and the Carnival Commission will be in Akwaaba to engage with stakeholders.

Enish Restaurant and Lounge Dubai, the largest Nigerian restaurant chain in the world, will engage with Nigerian tour operators for its outlets in Dubai. They have great deals for Nigerian operators – “Bring 10 tourists to Enish and get a free meal!”

Ethiopian Airlines is looking to recruit non-IATA licensed travel agents and tour operators in Akwaaba. Wakanow, Rwandair, Egypt Air, Satguru Savory and Partners, Comfort Group, Alisa Hotel Ghana, Monty Suites Nigeria, NCAC, NIHOTOUR and ITPN are the first in Akwaaba.

There will be plenty of freebies for delegates, courtesy of Dubai Tourism (DTCM) and other exhibitors.

Also at this year’s event, Turaki Nura Kangiwa, General Manager of NIHOTOUR. He will be the guest speaker at this year’s Hospitality Day on November 30. This will be his first Akwaaba as DG NIHOTOUR. He will support special guest, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who is the Managing Director of NCAC.

NIHOTOUR was a pioneer exhibitor at Akwaaba African Travel Market in 2004.

Recently, Akwaaba partnered with NIHOTOUR for the Nigeria Tourism Professional Training (NTSC). The two-day travel market will host exhibitors from Dubai, Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and East Africa. It will be smaller than the 2019 edition as organizers seek to enforce COVID-19 protocols at the event.

Hospitality Day is making a comeback in Akwaaba. It was last held in 2016. On this year’s Hospitality Day, experts will address various issues.

Turaki Nura Kangiwa will speak on “How to Adapt Hospitality Training to Meet International Standards”.

A panel that will include Tana Forsuelo from Wavecrest, Victor Kayode from NHCI and Justina Ovat (Chair, Women in Hospitality Nigeria) will address the topic appropriately.

Amaechi Ndili, President of Golden Tulip Hotels, West Africa, will speak on “The Role of Hotels in the Leisure Economy and Tourism Recovery”.

Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that stripped the federal government of power to regulate tourism, how has the industry responded? What are the gray areas and what should practitioners do? Chief Sam Alabi, Chairman of the BoT of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) will speak on the “Limits of State Regulation of Tourism and Hospitality Businesses”.

The consequence of this judgment is the classification of hotels. Stakeholders and the three states that have made serious attempts to organize their hotel environment will discuss this topic.

The topic, “State Registration and Classification of Hotels: The Journey So Far,” will be addressed by Alhaji Badaki Aliyu, National First Vice President of FTAN; Teacher. Wasiu Babalola, Senior Vice President for Africa, Continent Worldwide Hotels; Eric Anderson, Tourism Commissioner, Cross River State; Mr. Ini Akpabio, Chairman, Akwa Ibom Hotel and Tourism Board; and Princess Adenike Adedoyin, Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The Africa Travel Marketplace kicks off on November 29 with the Youth Tourism Panel. The panel is made up of the champions and pioneers of domestic tourism in Nigeria. They are expected to share their experiences on how they started and overcame the challenges and their future plans.

The plan will have the pioneer of Instagram tourism promotions in Nigeria, Chiamaka Obuekwe. She will be joined by Bolaji Seun of Naija Explorers; Dr. Onifade Adekunle Eedris of Universal Aviation School; Aminat Akanbi, CEO of Triplisters; Cordis Marianuela Umeokoli, CEO of Mardis Travels; and Sam Adeleke of Travelwith SamGlobal.

Obinna Emelike, Tourism and Arts Editor of Business Day will moderate the session. Olugbenga Sunday Omotayo, the developer of Idere Hills in Oyo State, will also share his experience on how he went from hotel management to destination manager.

The second panel will focus on “Overseas Tours and Travel Tears: What Challenges Tour Operators Face in Managing International Tours?” A high-level panel from the second leading travel association NATOP and NANTA will address this issue. Panelists will include current NANTA President, Susan Akporiaye, and will be moderated by OTANP Vice President and Lagos Coordinator, FTAN, Ime Udo.

Other panelists are David Lamidi, co-founder of Diamond and Pearl Travels; Shalom Asuquo-Ankoh from the Travel Lab; Cécile Doumbé of CMD Tours; Odion Chigbufue of Tour Brokers International, TBI; Egbane Pelagie, Chief Experience Curator, 3Cords Leisure and Vacations; and Gbenga Onitilo from Wakanow.

The second batch of the NTSC Nigerian Tourism Specialist Certificate Course will also be held on Monday.

The Top 20 Natural Wonders of Nigeria, the Naija7wonders, will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 30 by a few special guests. These are the three members of the Club Tourisme 100, recently reclassified by the government.

They are Princess Surah Animashaun, who was elected President of Epe LGA; Piriye Kiriyamo, who was appointed SSA Tourism to the Governor of Bayelsa State; and Nkereuwem Onung, who was elected president of the Nigeria Tourism Federation.

Willie R. Golden