Lagos, the 6th largest economic and entertainment capital in Africa, will present its tourist attractions in Akwaaba tomorrow.
Honorable Tourism Arts and Culture Commissioner Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf will lead his team to Eko Hotel to unveil details of 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 top of tourism engagements in Nigeria for 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 VIP women who have had the honor of opening the largest travel and tourism events in West Africa.
The list includes former Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism, Ms. Anastacia Ndlovu; former Minister of Housing (Nigeria), Ms. Akon Eyakenyi; and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and to the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO).
She will cut the recording at 12 noon and speak about the role of the media in promoting tourism and travel.
Ms. Alex-Ibru is a major player in tourism, as 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 upcoming Blue and Red Rail services, the Lagos Mega City Project is on track.
Cross River State will also be in Akwaaba to unveil the 32-day Christmas festival. The famous Carnival Calabar returns this year and the Carnival Commission will be in Akwaaba to engage with stakeholders.
Enish Restaurant and Lounge Dubai, the world’s largest Nigerian restaurant chain, will engage with Nigerian tour operators for its outlets in Dubai. They offer great deals to Nigerian operators: “Bring 10 tourists to Enish and get a free meal!” ”
Ethiopian Airlines is looking to recruit travel agents and tour operators without an IATA license in Akwaaba. Wakanow, Rwandair, Egypt Air, Satguru Savory and Partners, Comfort Group, Alisa Hotel Ghana, Monty Suites Nigeria, NCAC, NIHOTOUR and ITPN are early risers in Akwaaba.
There will be plenty of goodies for delegates, courtesy of Dubai Tourism (DTCM) and other exhibitors.
Turaki Nura Kangiwa, Managing Director of NIHOTOUR, will also be present for this year’s event. He will be the guest speaker on this year’s Hospitality Day on November 30. This will be his first Akwaaba as DG NIHOTOUR. He will be supporting the special guest, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who is the Executive Director of the NCAC.
NIHOTOUR was a pioneer exhibitor at Akwaaba African Travel Market in 2004.
Recently, Akwaaba partnered with NIHOTOUR for the training of tourism professionals in Nigeria (NTSC). The two-day travel market will host exhibitors from Dubai, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria and East Africa. It will be smaller in size than the 2019 edition, as organizers seek to enforce COVID-19 protocols during the event.
Hospitality Day is back in Akwaaba. It was last held in 2016. At this year’s Hospitality Day, experts will address various issues.
Turaki Nura Kangiwa will speak on âHow to adapt hotel training to meet international standardsâ.
A panel which will include Tana Forsuelo from Wavecrest, Victor Kayode from NHCI and Justina Ovat (President, Women in Hospitality Nigeria) will address the topic appropriately.
Amaechi Ndili, President of Golden Tulip Hotels, West Africa, will speak on âThe role of hotels in the leisure economy and tourism recoveryâ.
Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that stripped the federal government of the 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 Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) BoT will speak on âThe Limits of National Regulation of Tourism and Hotel Businessesâ.
The consequence of this judgment is the classification of hotels. Stakeholders and the three states that have made serious efforts to organize their hotel environment will discuss this topic.
The topic, âState registration and hotel classification: the road traveled so farâ, will be covered by Alhaji Badaki Aliyu, FTAN’s first national vice-president; Professor Wasiu Babalola, Senior Vice President for Africa, Continent Worldwide Hotels; Eric Anderson, Tourism Commissioner, Cross River State; Mr. Ini Akpabio, President, Akwa Ibom Hotel and Tourism Board; and Princess Adenike Adedoyin, Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The African Travel Market will kick off on November 29 with the Youth Panel on Tourism. The panel is made up of champions and pioneers of domestic tourism in Nigeria. They are expected to share their experiences of how they started and overcoming challenges and their future plans.
The plan will have Instagram tourism promotions pioneer in Nigeria, Chiamaka Obuekwe. She will be joined by Bolaji Seun of Naija Explorers; Dr. Onifade Adekunle Eedris of the Universal Aviation School; Aminat Akanbi, CEO of Triplisters; Cordis Marianuela Umeokoli, CEO of Mardis Travels; and Sam Adeleke of Travelwith SamGlobal.
Obinna Emelike, Business Day Tourism and Arts Editor-in-Chief, 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 management.
The second panel will focus on “Outgoing tours and travel tears: what challenges tour operators face in managing international tours? A high-level panel of the Second Travel Association of NATOP and NANTA will address this issue. Panelists will include current NANTA President, Susan Akporiaye, and will be moderated by NATOP Vice President and Lagos, FTAN Coordinator, Ime Udo.
The other panelists are David Lamidi, co-founder of Diamond and Pearl Travels; Shalom Asuquo-Ankoh of Travel Lab; CÃ©cile Doumbe from CMD Tours; Odion Chigbufue of Tour Brokers International, TBI; Egbane Pelagie, chief curator of the 3Cords Leisure and Vacations experience; and Gbenga Onitilo from Wakanow.
The second batch of the Nigerian NTSC Tourism Specialist Certificate Course will also take place on Monday.
Nigeria’s Top 20 Natural Wonders, the Naija7wonders, will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 30 by special guests. These are the three members of the Tourism 100 Club, which were recently upgraded by the government.
They are Princess Surah Animashaun, who was elected President of Epe LGA; Piriye Kiriyamo, who has been appointed as SSA Tourism to the Governor of Bayelsa State; and Nkereuwem Onung, who was elected president of the Nigeria Tourism Federation.