All is set for the 2019 Balafon Awards of excellence in tourism across the West African region as the organisers are set to honoured this year’s worthy winners at the fifth Accra Weizo taking place June 28-29, in Accra, Ghana.

The 2019 Accra Weizo is jointly organised by Akwaaba Travel Market and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA). Last year, at the World Travel Market (WTM London), the GTA signed a 5 year MOU with Akwaaba Travel Market to effect a bigger and better Accra Weizo.

Below is the list of the 2019 Balafon Awards winners:

  • Travel Personality of the Year in West AfricaChief Allen Onyeama (AirPeace)
  • Tourism Man of the Year in West AfricaOtunba Segun Runsewe – DG, Nigeria Council For Art and Culture
  • Aviation Man of the Year in West AfricaCaptain Solomon Quianoo (Ghana)
  • Hotel Personality of the Year in West AfricaAmaechi Ndili – Golden Tulip West Africa
  • Best Airline in West Africa – African World Airline (AWA)
  • Best Hotel in West AfricaKempinski Goldcoast City Hotel
  • Best Airport in West Africa (for government agencies) Kotoka International Airport, Ghana
  • Best Ground Handling Company in West AfricaSkyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL)
  • Best Tourism Marketing Agency in West AfricaGhana Tourism Authority
  • Best Tourism Event of the Year in West AfricaCarnival Calabar, Nigeria

Top twenty (20) Conference centers in West Africa

  • Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana
  • Kempinski Goldcoast City Hotel, Ghana
  • La Palm Royal Beach, Accra, Ghana.
  • Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana
  • Labadi Hotel, Accra, Ghana
  • Alisa Hotel North ridge, Ghana.
  • Abuja International Conference Centre , Nigeria
  • Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Eko Hotel & Suites Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
  • The Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
  • King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.
  • Salle de conference, Dakar, Senegal.
  • Kairaba Beach Hotel, Gambia
  • Coral Beach, Brufut, Gambia.
  • Palais des Congress, Cotonou, Benin.
  • Hotel du 2 Fevrier, Lome Togo.
  • Sofitel Abidjan Hotel I’voire, Abidjan
  • Hotel President, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Niyi David

‘Niyi David is a travel writer/photographer and Editor-in-Chief at More Cream Than Coffee. Previously, he worked at Afro Tourism West Africa Ltd as a travel writer, and was Head of Media and C.O.O. before leaving in May 2018. Prior to that he had worked as scriptwriter on some major media projects in Nigeria, such as 'Peak Talent Show' and the Ford Foundation sponsored 'Stop Impunity in Nigeria' campaign.