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As part of the countdown to the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market, the Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has been presented with the African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Award during the launch of the Oduduwa Museum at the Brazilian Embassy in Lagos recently.  

The Ooni of Ife who is the Custodian of 15 famous festivals among which is the world famous Olojo Festival scheduled for October, is the Special guest of honour for the 1st African Diaspora Tourism Conference which is part of the line-up of events at this year’s AKWAABA African Travel Market. Now in its 18th year, the Africa Travel 100 Awards has recognized leaders, industry practitioners and the government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

The African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 is a commemoration of the 400 years of slavery, with specific reference to arrival of the first slave ship docked in America with slaves from Africa in 1619; hence the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Return. The African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards and the African Tourism Diaspora Conference will take place on the second day of AKWAABA 2019 (September 23, 2019) at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market promises to be bigger and better than ever with confirmed participation from several countries and organisations such as, Ghana, Benin, Togo, The Gambia, Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, AU CIDO, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the Civil Society Network for the Lake Chad Basin (North East Nigeria), the Humanitarian Forum, UK with the support of the International Islamic Charity Organisation (IICO) call on Nigeria and Nigerians to rise and tackle natural disaster and climate change challenge in the nation as an urgent human issue adversely affecting the people especially North East Nigeria.

This call was made at the opening ceremony of a 2-day workshop held in Abuja on 26th & 27th August, 2019 with the theme “Resilience Agenda: Natural Disasters and Climate Change – How are we managing risks and crises differently in North East Nigeria?”

Twenty-one Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the six states in North East Nigeria, representatives of Government agencies, UN agencies, international NGOs, security agencies and the media gathered at the workshop to take stock of how climate change is being addressed as a risk factor for disasters, what adaptation measures are being implemented, action-oriented discussion to formulate concrete practical steps to overcome challenges and make a difference to people affected by crisis.

The workshop is also expected to identify concrete areas in which NCF and other groups could collaborate to address Disaster Risk Reduction and build the resilience of communities in the zone.

The outcome of the workshop will feed into discussions at the World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) 2019. WHAF is a project that aims to enhance partnership and collaboration among humanitarian actors from the global North and South and to share effective humanitarian practices and responses that affect local, national and international NGOs.

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his remark stated that “Climate change and environmental degradation are at the root of the humanitarian crises in the north-east, such as shrinking of the Lake Chad, drought and desertification, deforestation and land degradation. The consequences of the crises also have heavy consequences for climate change and natural resources in the region. These make natural areas as bases and battlefronts, and the concentration of populations in a few areas.”

Dr. Hany El-Banna, President of the Humanitarian Forum, UK said that “For us to achieve substantive success in the fight against natural disaster and climate change, we must embrace progress through partnership.”

Meanwhile, Ambassador Shehu Ahmed, President of Civil Society Network for the Lake Chad Basin emphasized that the Federal Government, International organisations and corporate citizens should rise to help now. He said “Disasters and climate change impact on lives, livelihoods and economic development. People living in poor and developing countries bear the highest risk for disaster. Impacts of disasters and climate change set back and undermine development efforts. Climate change is causing an increase in frequency and intensity of certain weather-related disaster events. These are some of the reasons we should take action immediately.” Alhaji Abdulwasea Adesina, Country Director of IICO made an appeal to the participants not to end the discussion at the workshop and also to chart smart path to implement all the proposals from different relevant quarters.

Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District is keen on attracting a bigger share of the African market as hotel continues to receive a steady flow of guests from the region.

According to officials, more than 31% of the property’s guests are from Africa and majority of guests were families who were spending their holidays in Dubai.

According to data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Africa is one of the top 20 source markets for visitors to Dubai and represents 5% of the total 7.16 million international guests who arrived in the city from January to May of 2019.

“Africa has been identified as an emerging market for tourism and we are seeing an increase in tourist arrivals from this region, whose growing middle class is now choosing Dubai as their holiday destination. The three Hyatt Place Dubai properties cater to the mid-scale segment because it offers an ideal mix that both business and leisure travelers will appreciate,” said Sanjay Nambiar, cluster director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Place Dubai hotels.

According to data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Africa is one of the top 20 source markets for visitors to Dubai and represents 5% of the total 7.16 million international guests who arrived in the city from January to May of 2019.

Compared to the same period in 2018, there has been a significant growth of 27% in arrivals from Nigeria, part of western Africa.

Source: HotelierMiddleEast.com

After announcing flights to Luanda, Angola (December 9, 2019), Porto Alegre, Brazil (December 11, 2019) and Washington DC, USA (December 11, 2019), Cabo Verde Airlines has now announced flights to Lagos, Nigeria as a new route for the Winter 2019-2020.

The connection between Sal and Lagos will be operated five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with 161 economy class seats and 22 executive seats.

The inaugural flight is scheduled for December 9, 2019 departing from Amílcar Cabral International Airport (Sal) at 20:50 local time and arriving at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos) at 02:10 local time.

Source: WorldAirlineNews.com

As the countdown to the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market gathers momentum, organizers of the leading tourism expo from this side of the continent have unveiled a more comprehensive list of winners of the African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Awards. The organizers have also revealed plans for the launch of a global African Diaspora tourism association during the expo.

The 2019 Akwaaba African Travel Market is set to host the 1st African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 as part of the celebration of the Year of Return in commemoration of 400 years when the first slave ship docked in America with slaves from Africa in 1619. The conference will feature notable African and African Diaspora speakers and will precede the award ceremony which is scheduled for September 23rd 2019 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Below is the list of some winners of African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities

AFRICAN DIASPORA GLOBAL TOURISM PERSONALITIES

  • Edmund Barlett – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism
  • Rosemary Sadlier – Promoting Black Cultural Heritage in Canada
  • Dr. Eugene Franklin – Chairman, Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute.
  • Diallo Sumbry – First Ambassador of African-America Tourism to Ghana.
  • Carol Hay – Director of Marketing Caribbean Tourism Organisation, UK & Europe.
  • Prof. Thomas Mensah – Pioneer in fibre Optic technology, Author “The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too”
  • Fabien Anthony – Chairman & Co-Founder Pan-African Council
  • Kitty Pope – Creator, Africa Diaspora World Tourism Awards
  • Eric Martin & Kent Johnson – Founders, Black and Abroad
  • Cherae Robinson – Founder Tastemakers Africa
  • Macaulay Kalu – Chairman, African Union 6th Region.
  • Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao – African Union Ambassador to the U.S
  • Carolyn Anderson – Founder, Beyond All Borders.
  • Danny Rivers Mitchell – Founders Black Girls Travel Too
  • Kumi Rauf – CEO, I Love Being Black
  • Jessica Nabongo – Founder/CEO, Jet Black
  • Rozan Ahmed – Cultural Institute Creative Writer

Transportation

  • Rohan Vos – Owner of Rovos Rail (South Africa)
  • Frank Nneji – Owner of ABC Transport (Nigeria)

Aviation

  • Tewolde Gabrielmariam – GCEO of Ethiopian Airlines
  • Rahel Assefa – VP Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s Top Ranked Lady Aviator
  • Chief Allen Onyema – Chairman Air Peace, Africa’s biggest Privately Owned Airline.
  • Captain Solomon Quianoo – Africa’s Top A380 Pilot (Ghana)
  • Chief Togbe Afede – Chairman Africa World Airlines
  • Girma Wake – Former CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Mr. Valentine Tongo – CEO, Allied Air
  • Captain Edward Boyo – MD, Overland Airways
  • Captain Ado Sanusi – CEO, Aero Contractor

Past African Legend of Travel Winners

  • Waturi Wa Matu – Travel Professional (Kenya)
  • Captain Desta Zeru – First African Captain of B787 Dreamliner (Ethiopia)
  • Captain Irene Koki Mutungi – Africa’s Top Female Pilot (Kenya)
  • Kumnegger Teketel – MICE Promoter and Event Organiser (Ethiopia)

Tourism Media

  • Wolfgang Thome – online Publisher, ATC News
  • Jason Njoku – Publisher & Promoter, IROKO TV Nigeria
  • Nick Fadugba – Publisher, African Aviation

Tourism Administration

  • Najib Balala – Tourism Minister Kenya and CAF UNWTO President
  • Elsia Grandcourt – Africa Representative UNWTO. (Seychelles)
  • Alain St. Ange – Former Minister of Tourism Seychelles
  • Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett – Head of Mission Diaspora African Forum
  • Eiman Kheir – Head of Diaspora Division, Citizens & Diaspora Organisations, AU.
  • Stella Fubara – Director, International Operations Africa, Dubai Tourism
  • Adama Bah – Founder, West African Branch, International Centre for Responsible Tourism

Hospitality/Facility owners

  • Ato Tadiwos Belete – Kuriftu Resort (Ethiopia)
  • Tony Elumelu – Chairman Transcorp Hotels (Nigeria)
  • Oskar Ibru – Ibru Organisations leading Hospitality investor (Nigeria)
  • Professor Nzamujo – Proprietor Songhai integrated Agricultural Centre (Benin)
  • Mr. Samih Sawiris – Proprietor El Gouna Resort. (Egypt)
  • Joe Osawaye – Managing Partner, KIZA Tomorrow Africa

Travel Business

  • Julie Dabaly Scott – Managing Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Femi Adefope – Nigeria Travel Business Owner (HRG, CWT, GHI, APG)
  • Richard Akerele – Logistics and Airlines Support Services (ASL Newrest)
  • Taiwo Afolabi – Chairman, SIFAX Airport Logistics
  • Sijabuliso Thabani Biyan – Board Chairman, Rainbow Tourism Group

Tour Operations

  • Zainab Anseil – CEO, Zara Tours Tanzania
  • Uloma Egbuna – Tour Brokers International, Emirate Holidays, Royal Caribbean (Nigeria)
  • Amos Wekesa – MD, Great Lakes Safaris Limited

MICE Promoters

  • Governor Ben Ayade – Organizer Carnival Calabar
  • Rick Taylor – MICE Expert (South Africa)
  • Rabbi Kohan – Executive Director Panafest (Ghana)
  • Tom Kunkler – Organiser Kilifair and S!TE (Tanzania)
  • Senator Florence Ita-Giwa – Band leader, Carnival Calabar

Heritage & Culture

  • Professor Zahi Hawass – Egyptologist and Former Curator of the Heritage of the Pharaohs
  • Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi – Promoter of Olojo Festival
  • Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – Custodian of Kano Walls and Durbar Festival
  • HRM Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ewuare II – Custodian of Benin Moat and Igue Festival
  • Obi of Onitsha, HRM Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe – Ofala Festival
  • King of Eswatini, HRM Mswati II – Reeds Dance Umhlanga Festival
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – AKwasidae Festival (Kumasi, Ghana)
  • Otunba Olusegun Runsewe – Director-General, National Council For Arts and Culture (NCAC)
  • Stephen Rwangyezi – Founder, Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda
  • Ms Sthembiso Dlamini – COO, South African Tourism

Source: ATQNews.com

Founder of the Ndere Cultural Centre based in Kampala, Uganda Stephen Rwangyezi has emerged as one of the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

We need to be true to these arts, to learn them correctly – not just superficially… But to be honest to these arts, to be authentic, (and) also to bear in mind that Africa is not frozen in a historical museum!

Stephen Rwangyezi

Stephen Rwangyezi who starred alongside Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy in the Idi Amin movie, Last King of Scotland is a strong advocate of African art and culture. He started the Ndere Troupe in 1984 and over time, it has given birth to the Ndere Foundation and the Ndere Cultural Centre which is now regarded as Africa’s dancing encyclopaedia.

We at More Cream Than Coffee say a hearty congratulation to Stephen Rwangyezi!

Zimbabwean cultural activist, Pathisa Nyathi has emerged as one of the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

“My view is that we have as an African people to be independent. Africa is too much of a beggar and will never be a respected people when we are beggars – and the danger is that he who pays the piper will call the tune, and I don’t think it’s fair for Africa to be dancing to somebody’s tune when we have got our own drums. Let’s beat our own drums and dance to our music. And then we are going to take our rightful position in the community of nations.”

– Pathisa Nyathi

Mr. Nyathi, a one-time Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Writers’ Union is an author, publisher and researcher. He is a widely travelled Afro-centric apologist across the globe delivering talks about African culture and he is not apologetic about his views. Pathisa Nyathi is the owner of the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

We at More Cream Than Coffee say a hearty congratulation to Pathisa Nyathi!

Nigeria’s travel and tourism expert, Mr. Ikechi Uko has said that the country’s aviation industry will remain stunted and not growing beyond what obtains today in the sector until there is a masterplan that stipulates why the country engages in aviation.

Ikechi Uko stated that there is no clear description on why the country engages in aviation operations, noting that “Today we do Aviation for the sake of Aviation. Aviation is done for the sake of Transportation.”

I was the head of the Tourism Subcommittee of Vision 20-2020 and I have read most policy documents on aviation development in Nigeria and most are based on aviation for the sake of aviation.

He pointed out that only one airline, Air Peace which is the country’s biggest carrier, has articulated a business case for aviation. According to him, the airlines has constantly reiterated that it is in the industry to create jobs for the teeming youths in the country with a projected number of 200 workers to an aircraft.

“I heard the former Minister, Hadi Sirika quoted at the Senate hearing that it is 300 workers for a plane to justify need for National Carrier.”

“Aviation in Dubai is for Tourism and Tourism is for National Development and Strategic Economic positioning. Today it is a global hub and the 4th most visited City in the world. This would not happen without Emirates and the easy Visa Regime.”

“Qatar grows Aviation for Strategic Diplomatic and Economic Prowess. A small country is able to extend its reach and influence globally.”

“All Medium Powers use Aviation as a Soft power tool for Global positioning or Economic development.”

Why do we do Aviation in Nigeria? He queried. He said nobody has defined a need outside Transportation.

“Without a well-defined business case captured in a National Development Masterplan we will keep going round in circles.”

“Ghana built a new Airport Terminal and gives out 5th Freedom Rights to anyone who asks in order to build a hub. They added Visa on Arrival and offered residence and Citizenship rights to African Diaspora. They bid and got the AfCTA Headquarters to drive a M.I.C.E and Business Hub. These are intertwined and planned to grow Tourism and Build the Economy.”

“Zimbabwe invested in the upgrade of Victoria Falls Airport and almost Doubled their Tourism figures for Victoria Falls. The $150m upgrade was not for Harare Airport but Victoria Falls.

“South Africa will not allow South African Airways (SAA), collapse for the simple fact that the country makes more money from Trade and Tourism than it loses to SAA and without SAA the Tourism figures will drop.

Rwanda is a small country with big global ambitions that is also Landlocked with some hostile neighbours any wonder Aviation is a National Priority? Same for Ethiopia and Uganda.”

“So Nigeria has to decide why it needs Aviation then build an appropriate strategy to deliver on that.”

“I was the head of the Tourism Subcommittee of Vision 20-2020 and I have read most policy documents on aviation development in Nigeria and most are based on aviation for the sake of aviation.

“Aviation policy makers need to discuss with economic planners and tourism stakeholders to develop a workable and sustainable plan for growth then aviation in Nigeria will thrive” he said.

Source: ATQNews.com

Leading travel writer and publisher of ATC News, Prof. Wolfgang Thome, has emerged as one the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

Prof. Thome, a German national arrived in Kenya in the mid 1970s and has lived on the African continent since, spending over four decades. In Kenya, he was active in tour operations, hotel operations and air operations, and after 17 years he moved to Uganda in 1992. Settling in, the Pearl of Africa, he went into academics and consultancy.

He became active in trade politics helping to rebuild the association framework in the tourism industry which had all collapsed after the liberation war. He helped to reactivate the hotel association, form the tour operators association, travel agents association and the umbrella body Uganda Tourism Association, which he served as president for almost eight years.

I always felt as a welcome guest in Kenya, in Uganda I’ve become part of the furniture. …when I came to Uganda I literally became Ugandan – not maybe by passport, but certainly by the feeling in my heart that I belong here.

– Prof. Wolfgang Thome

Prof. Thome is happily married. His wife is Ugandan and they met in Kenya while she was in exile. The genial and witty professor has lived in Uganda for over 25 years and was granted life residency some time ago. We, at More Cream Than Coffee® congratulate Prof. Wolfgang Thome.

An initial shortlist of winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards has been released by the organisers, African Travel Quarterly ATQNews.com.

The African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards is expected to honour personalities that have distinguished themselves in the travel and tourism industry and contributed to the growth of the sector in Africa and the Diaspora. The event is part of the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 to commemorate 400th anniversary of the slave trade.

The Conference which is expected to draw top tourism personalities from around the world to Lagos, Nigeria is an avenue for Africans and the Diaspora from America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world to come together and celebrate 400 years of African resilience. The Conference will take place on the 23rd of September 2019 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos during the 15th edition of the AKWAABA African Travel Market.

AKWAABA African Travel Market is the first and biggest travel and tourism expo in West Africa. The 3-day b2b travel trade show will take place from the 22nd to 24th of September 2019.

The Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards initial shortlist of winners includes:

TRANSPORTATION:

  • Rohan Vos:                         Owner of Rovos Rail (South Africa)
  • Frank Nneji:                       Owner of ABC Transport (Nigeria)

AVIATION:

  • Tewolde Gebremariam:    GCEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Rahel Assefa:                     VP, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Chief Allen Onyema:      Chairman Air Peace
  • Captain Solomon Quianoo:          Africa’s Top A380 Pilot (Ghana)
  • Chief Togbe Afede:         Chairman Africa World Airlines (Ghana)

TOURISM MEDIA:

  • Prof. Wolfgang Thome: ATC News (Uganda)
  • Jason Njoku:                      Publisher & Promoter IROKO TV Nigeria

TOURISM ADMINISTRATION: 

  • Najib Balala:                       Tourism Minister Kenya and CAF UNWTO President
  • Elcia Grandcourt:              Africa Representative UNWTO (Seychelles)
  • Alain St. Ange:                   Former Minister of Tourism Seychelles
  • Amb Dr. Eriaka Bennett:                 Head of mission AU Diaspora office

HOSPITALITY/ FACILITY OWNERS:

  • Ato Tadiwos Belete:       Kuriftu Resort (Ethiopia)
  • Tony Elumelu:               Chairman Transcorp Hotels (Nigeria)
  • Oskar Ibru:                    Ibru Organisations leading Hospitality Investor (Nigeria)
  • Professor Nzamujo:       Proprietor Songhai integrated Agricultural centre (Benin)
  • Mr Samih Sawiris:            Proprietor El Gouna Resort (Egypt)

TRAVEL BUSINESS:

  • Julie Dably Scott:              Kenya Travel Business Executive (CWT)
  • Femi Adefope:                  Nigeria Travel Business Owner ( HRG, CWT, GHI, APG)
  • Richard Akerele:               Logistics and Airlines Support Services (ASL Newrest)
  • Taiwo Afolabi:                   Chairman SIFAX Airport Logistics

TOUR OPERATIONS:

  • Zainab Anseil:                    Zara Tours Tanzania
  • Uloma Egbuna:                 Tour Brokers Intl, Emirate Holidays, Royal Caribbean (Nigeria)
  • Amos Wekesa:                  Ugandan Tour Operator

MICE PROMOTERS:  

  • Peace Anyiam Osigwe:  Convener Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA
  • Ben Murray Bruce:          Silverbird Galleria and Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
  • Governor Ben Ayade:    Organiser Carnival Calabar
  • Rick Taylor:                      MICE Expert (South Africa)
  • Rabbi Kohan:                    Executive Director Panafest (Ghana)
  • Tom Kunkler:                     Organiser Kilifair and S!TE (Tanzania)

HERITAGE & CULTURE:

  • Prof. Zahi Hawass:           Egyptologist & Former Curator of the Heritage of the Pharaohs
  • HRM Adeyeye Ogunwusi:            Ooni of Ife Promoter of Olojo Festival
  • HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi:          Emir of Kano, Custodian of Kano Walls and Durbar Festival
  • HRM Erediauwa Ewuare II:          Oba of Benin, Custodian of Benin Moat and Igue Festival
  • HRH Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe:       Obi of Onitsha, Promoter of Ofala Festival
  • HRM King Mswati III:                 King of Eswatini, Umhlanga Reed Dance Festival
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II:    Akwasidae Festival (Kumasi, Ghana)