Organisers Unveil Nominees For Tourism 100 Club
As practitioners and stakeholders in the travel industry gear up for Abuja Jabammah 2019, support has continued to come for the travel event that aims at promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria.
Already, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Cabo Verde Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, NIHOTOUR have all confirmed as partners for the 7th edition of one-day event billed for November 18, at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
Cabo Verde Airlines is making its first appearances at the tourism event organised by Akwaaba African Travel Market. The airline previously branded TACV Cabo Verde Airlines is a scheduled passenger and cargo airline based in Praia, Cape Verde. It is the national carrier of Cape Verde, operating flights to West Africa, Europe, North America and South America and will commence operation from Lagos, Nigeria this December and will connect travellers to America, Europe and Latin America.
On the other hand, Ethiopian Airlines is no stranger to Akwaaba African Travel Market as it treated guests to a night of Ethiopian Experience at the just concluded event in Lagos. Their resolve to partner Abuja Jabamah is an indication of the airlines desire to remain a leading brand in the Nigerian travel industry. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.
As part of events lined up for the day, NIHOTOUR has partnered to treat guests to a city tour of Abuja. NIHOTOUR, a Federal Government institution was established to meet the ever growing needs of tourism to provide best and quality service in the hospitality and tourism industry by introducing and training professionals in that field, as well as introducing post-graduate courses in the travel and tourism and hospitality fields. The agency will be at conference to educate the public on her offerings and services.
With a vision to drive domestic tourism in Nigeria, the initiative seeks to play host to a huge travelling population, hotels, tour operators and travel agents, some of who will be inducted into the 2019 batch of Nigeria’s Tourism 100 Club. With key focus on emerging leaders within the youth population, the 2019 inductees consist of exceptional tourism promoters, CEO’s, Government officials, Media and Exceptional employees of companies positioning Nigerian Tourism to the world.
Travellers Magazine last year unveiled a list of 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria, who have made a mark through their contributions to the development of tourism in Nigeria.
According to the magazine’s publisher, Ikechi Uko, “In 1998, the Travellers magazine published its first compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club and the compilation served the industry well as it was a database of ‘who is who’ in tourism business in Nigeria. Twenty years after, an update was needed and we came up with the list of Top 100 tourism personalities, who have made tourism in Nigeria in 2018. In 2019 we have decided to promote the emerging performers in the industry,” he said.
Some notable names that were inducted last year include Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; DG National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe and DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin Coker, the Commissioners for Tourism in Lagos and Plateau States, Steve Ayorinde and Mrs. Tamwakat Weli respectively.The event will feature B2B speed networking sessions, while specifically showcasing the tourism attractions of northern Nigeria. Delegates will have the opportunity to have a taste of Northern delicacies, which will be catered by Abuja’s Chef Fatima.