The Guardian Editor Maiden Ibru to Open Akwaaba’s 17th Travel Market | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Guardian Newspapers Editor, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru will be the special guest of honor at the 2021 edition of Akwaaba African Travel Market, which opens on Monday 29th November and runs until 30th November at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victora Island, Lagos.

As a special guest of honour, Ms. Alex-Ibru will officially unveil the largest travel and tourism event in West Africa, and speak about the role of the media in promoting tourism and travel.

The list of notable women, who have in the past unveiled the event, includes Zimbabwe’s former Minister of Tourism, Ms Anastacia Ndlovu; former Housing Minister, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi of Nigeria and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

As one of the owners of the Federal Palace Hotel and the Sheraton Lagos Hotel Ikeja, Mrs. Alex-Ibru is a major player in the tourism sector.

The Director General (DG) of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Turaki Nura Kangiwa, will also come as a guest speaker for this year’s Hospitality Day session of the event. November 30. This will be his first Akwaaba as DG NIHOTOUR. He will support special guest Otunba Segun Runsewe, the CEO of the National Arts and Culture Council, NCAC.

Hospitality Day is making a comeback in Akwaaba, as it was last held in 2016. Experts will address various issues, while Turaki Nura Kangiwa will talk about how to adapt hospitality training to international standards. A panel that will include Tana Forsuelo from Wavecrest, Victor Kayode from the Nigerian Hospitality Professional Institute (NHCI) and Justina Ovat -President Women in Hospitality Nigeria will appropriately address the topic.

NIHOTOUR was a pioneer exhibitor at Akwaaba African Travel Market in 2004 and former CEO Alhaji Munzali Dantata was also a guest at Akwaaba. Akwaaba recently entered into a partnership with NIHOTOUR for the Training of Tourism Professionals in Nigeria (NTSC).

The Chairman of the Board of Directors (BOT) of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Chief Sam Alabi, who is a lawyer, will speak about the limits of state regulation of tourism and hospitality businesses, while the topic, State Registration and Classification of Hotels: The Journey So Far, will be handled by FTAN National Senior Vice President Alhaji Badaki Aliyu, Senior Vice President for Africa, Continent Worldwide Hotels, Professor Wasiu Babalola, Cross River State Tourism Commissioner Eric Anderson, Chairman Akwa Ibom Hotel and Tourism Board, Mr. Ini Akpabio and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture culture of Lagos State, Princess Adenike Adedoyin.

The event will open on November 29 with the Youth Tourism Panel, comprised of the champions and pioneers of domestic tourism in Nigeria. They are expected to share their experiences on how they started and survived future challenges and plans. The panel will include the pioneer of Instagram tourism promotions in Nigeria, Chiamaka Obuekwe, who is also the CEO of Social Prefect Tours. 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. Bussinesday Newspapers Tourism and Arts Editor Obinna Emelike 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.

Willie R. Golden