Akwaaba African journey market to honour prime 100 lodges in Nigeria | The Guardian Nigeria Information
All over the world, hospitality and tour operations had been the largest victims of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, and Nigeria had its share of the hit, which shut down the financial system.
Due to this fact, to re-energise the market and produce the trade again to life, the organisers of Akwaaba have chosen to recognise the large lodges in Nigeria to attach them to the tour operators that may create the wanted synergy to resume the leisure financial system.
The occasion will profile and honour prime 100 lodges in Nigeria by room numbers. Scheduled to happen on the Conference Centre of Eko Resort & Suites from November 29-30, 2021, Akwaaba 2021 pledges to reconnect delegates with the trade’s main gamers and be a part of forces to get tourism again on its toes.
The 2-day occasion will draw consultants from Africa and Nigeria to show and dissect related matters on the occasion. Certainly one of its organisers, Ikechi Uko, mentioned: “Due to the impact of the pandemic, Akwaaba is dedicating this yr’s occasion to hospitality and leisure financial system in addition to their capability to heal. The occasion will function an avenue for unveiling the shortlist for the seven Pure Wonders of Nigeria.
The Naija7Wonders shows session would assist delegates uncover new locations in Nigeria.” The seek for the Seven Wonders of Nigeria was launched final yr to attract consideration to the tourism points of interest in Nigeria.
A150 prime tourism practitioners in Nigeria, who’re all members of the elite group of Tourism 100 Membership had been put collectively as committee by the organisers of Naija7Wonders to deal with the search. The committees shortlisted 35 locations for the general public to select from and the winners shall be introduced at Akwaaba.
Delegates will meet new suppliers and options that may assist the companies emerge extra effectively and achieve long-term aggressive benefit. They are going to find out about traits and new market developments offered by trade consultants with Q&A periods by the Conferences, incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (M.I.C.E) coaching and Tourism Specialist Certificates Course.
There shall be coaching on M.I.C.E and a Specialist Certificates ourse on Tourism in Nigeria. There shall be discussions and panels on hospitality and standardisation in Nigeria. Delegates will meet a variety of champions from Nigeria and past in particular person and in a secure setting. Delegates can even utilise the shut connections and partnerships with trade representatives and organisations from throughout Nigeria to additional lengthen their enterprise community.
Akwaaba has, through the years, develop into the assembly place for journey and tourism professionals in Africa. It has drawn attendance from over 20 nations. Many VIPs have graced the occasion up to now together with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of The Gambia, the late Dawda Jawara, former Vice President of Nigeria the late Alex Ekwueme, former Secretary Normal of the Commonwealth of Nations, Sir Emeka Anyaoku, former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Cross River State Senator Liyel Imoke and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
Serving ministers of tourism from Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Seychelles have all attended previous editions of Akwaaba. The present President of South African Soccer, Dr. Danny Jordaan had made a presentation at Akwaaba.
Main lodges, airways and locations, together with Dubai, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Gambia, Benin, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Libya, United States, Spain and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (UK) had all participated within the African Journey Market.
Akwaaba had been so profitable that it began one other occasion in Ghana, the Accra Weizo that has been held in Accra for 5 years consecutively.