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Leading tourism media and promotion company, and organisers of AKWAABA African Travel Market, among many others have announced partnership agreements with key organisations and companies towards the successful hosting of the 7th edition of the Abuja Jabamah, the foremost domestic tourism event in Nigeria.

The tourism event which is set to take place on the 18th of November 2019 at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja, has got the support of the National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), National Institute for Hospitality & Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Cabo Verde Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines who have agreed to partner with the organisers, according to report.

Abuja Jabamah 2019, a one-day event will feature: Familiarisation Trip, Sampling of Northern Cuisine With Chef Fatima, and a B2B Session, while the Induction the Tourism 100 Club (Class of 2019) will rounds up the day.

Meanwhile, the organisers have finalised the complete list of inductees for the Tourism 100 Club (Class of 2019). While imploring those who didn’t make the cut this year to look forward to next year, Mr. Ikechi Uko, the organiser pointed out that the accent this year has been on the Emerging Forces in the Tourism Industry in Nigeria.

“We are only trying to build a database for Tourism in Nigeria. We try and recognise those who have strived in this most difficult environment. Tourism is tough in Nigeria and the few players recognised are trying to uplift the Nation the best way they can.” He added.

Tourism 100 Club

  • Lola Adefope
  • Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday
  • Odion Chigbufue
  • Oguntoye Taiwo Oye
  • Oguntoye Kehinde Oladele
  • Anago Osho
  • Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan
  • Bolaji Seun
  • Debbie Egwuogu
  • Michael Balogun
  • Jennifer Awoh
  • Adun Okupe
  • Justina Ovat
  • Geraldine Itoe
  • Nneka (Nne Tomato Jos) Unachukwu-Okaro
  • Lydia Akpadiaha
  • Johnpaul Ezeani
  • Mofe Runsewe
  • Aminat Akanbi
  • Funmi Oyatogun
  • Diala Chibuikem
  • Bukola Olowude
  • Oludayo Taiwo Gideon
  • Olusola Segbenu
  • Patricia Ozioma
  • Victoria Onyemuwa
  • Derinsola Shotunde Taiyeloolou (Deerin Èlèran)
  • Ubong Ekpe Okon
  • Rita Obidike (SKAL President)
  • Samson Aturu (HATMAN)
  • Precious Okonji (FTAN)
  • Ime Udo (NATOP)
  • Hassan Abdulmalik (NANTA)
  • Shalom Asuquo (Travelab)
  • Patrick Chidi (Joliewaka)
  • Peace Iyare (PeacefulSky)
  • Capt. Oudah Kenneth Anate (Stay Up Aviation School)
  • Capt. Emmanuel (Exodus Academy)
  • Piriye Kiyaramo (Travel Club)
  • Erhahon Uhnamure (Brisks)
  • Ib Uloma Kemabonta (Retz)
  • Aniedi Udofia (EDC)
  • Ifeoma Aneke (Allure)
  • Jibola Oluseye
  • Wole Ayorinde (Travel Beta)
  • Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi
  • Ajibola Ogunkeye (Ufitfly Makanjuola Ibrahim Sholar (Youth Tourism)
  • Andrew Okungbowa
  • Justina Okpanku
  • Hope Obeten
  • Niyi David
  • Hannah Oni
  • Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi
  • Dozie Uzo
  • Fisayo Olayinka-Bello
  • Chinyere Nwanma Ogidi
  • Ayo Shadare Shaddie Bobo (Lagos Jazz festival)
  • Abom Ephraim Okon
  • Chinedu Okeke (Oriteme Banigo Gidifest)
  • Ozo Chinedu Idezuna Ezemuo
  • Dr. Iyam Ugot (Carnival Calabar Band Leader)
  • Friday Nwosu (Reporter, ATQ News)
  • Chigozie Chukwuemeka (Project Manager, Jedidah Promotions Ltd)
  • Gbabo Laura Dein Gbabo (Biz Dev Manager, Akwaaba Travel Market)
  • Paul Kosarachi Ukachukwu (Akwaaba African Youth in Tourism Conference)
  • Sunday Onen (Image Developer/Web Admin, ATQ News)
  • Tolulope Ogundipe (CEO, Tulpan Travels and Tours)
  • Hon. Adiele Ekene (Organiser, Ukwa Carnival, Abia)
  • Alhaji Ibrahim Goni (Conservator General, National Park Service)
  • Jovita Inyang (Founder, Jevinik)
  • Abigail Adesina Olagbaye
  • Glory Okon (Splendour TV)
  • Onuaha Maryann Nkiruka (CEO, Maria Bella Travels)
  • Sunmonu Dauud Gbenga (Complete Culinary & Hospitality Academy)
  • Orman Esin (Commissioner for Tourism, Akwa Ibom)
  • Olaide Mesewaku Babatunde (Lagos State Perm. Sec)
  • Oba Adeyemi Obalenlege (Olota of Ota)
  • Alhaji Kabir M. Momoh (Ag. DG, NIHOTOUR)
  • Mrs. Shuli Adebolu (Commissioner for Tourism, Lagos State)
  • Ismaila Olurisimi Ayodeji (Commissioner for Tourism, Ondo State)
  • Hon. Muyiwa Olumilua (Commissioner for Tourism, Ekiti State)
  • Hon. Muyiwa Oladapo (Commissioner for Tourism, Ogun State)
  • Mohammed S. Arewa (Commissioner for Tourism, Sokoto State)
  • Osazee Osemwengie-Ero (Commissioner for Tourism, Edo State)
  • Mrs. Halima Sanni (Director: Domestic Tourism, Fed. Min. of Information & Culture)
  • Chiamaka Ifediora (CEO Merging Borders)

Abuja, Oct. 30, 2019:

Chairman of the Carnival Calabar Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah on Wednesday Oct. 30, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Conservator-General of the National Park Service, Dr. Ibrahim Musa Goni in Abuja to discuss sustainable partnership with the Service for enhanced revenue, according to information reaching More Cream Than Coffee.

In his remark the Carnival Commission Chairman, said there is need to pluck the low hanging fruits within the two organisations in other to boost the tourism sector in Nigeria. Mr. Onah affirmed that no country is better off than Nigeria in tourism, if the appropriate bodies take the bull by the horn through harnessing the country’s tourism sites.

“Nigeria is heartily endowed with natural tourist sites, but it is challenging to know that the country hasn’t harnessed the sites to a brim, forgetting that this would serve as a means to generate revenue and contribute reasonable percentage in injecting of funds to the economy.

“However, this is one amidst other reasons why I think this collaboration is very necessary at this point in time,” he added.

Similarly, Hon. Kenn Aklah, the Senior Special Assistant on Events to the Cross River State Governor who was also part of the team said there is need for National Park Service to do more conservation by improving on the facilities that would attract tourists to spend more days than expected and in turn yielding more revenue for the sector and the government.

“It is high time the National Park Service looked inward and map out logical strategies that would attract revenue generation. This would in no small measure boost the tourism sector in Nigeria.”

In the same vein, the International Consultant of the Carnival Calabar, Ambassador Ikechi Uko said that the National Park Service should step up by doing all it can to re-brand the parks to bring the service to greater lime light.

“It is better we tell our story by ourselves rather than foreigners telling the story for us. We need to work on giving the Nigeria tourism sector a new face lift so that the story can be better told and that’s one other reason why we are here to soliciting for.”

Reacting to the Carnival Calabar team, the Conservator-General, Dr. Ibrahim Goni expressed delight in all that was said and pledged to support every objective move that will bring National Park Service to lime light and generate the expected returns on investment.

“It’s a great deal to have Nigerians as your team who have passion for their country’s tourism sector. I have listened to you all and be rest assured that this discussion would be critically looked into perhaps the tourism sector would indeed take a new dimension with this anticipated collaboration if really found worthy,” he expressed.

He said that the private sector will be encouraged to partner with National Park Service so as to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Source: Oru Leonard (Oru Media)

The foremost conservation and biodiversity management organization in Nigeria, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has embarked on building partnership with the South-East state governments, in a bid to spread its activities across the entire country for even and maximum impact.

According to Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. “We have not made significant inroads into the Southeast geopolitical zone of the country over all these years for factors that cannot easily be adduced.”

He added, “The region is bedeviled as many other parts of the country by environmental challenges especially soil and gully erosion, poor drainages and waste management challenges and NCF is willing to partner with the governments and people of the region including the private sector to begin to turnaround the situation.”

It is against this backdrop that Mr. Paddy Ezeala, NCF’s Communication Advisor, led a team to Awka a few days ago to meet with representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Ecology & Beautification, Anambra State Government to discuss common grounds and areas of possible collaboration and partnership. 

The Anambra State Government was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Okafor (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry), Chief Chido Obidiegwu (Managing Director, Clear Drainage & Forest Preservation Agency), and other officials. Mr. Ernest Nwufoh (Programme Director, Biodiversity Preservation Centre), and Mrs. Nkem Agu, Programme Officer of the South-Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO) also joined the meeting. 

The areas discussed are:

  1. Forest Conservation –The State Government was advised to work with NCF to embrace massive tree plantingin order to fight erosion and reclaim lost forests. This will synchronise with the Federal Government’s plan to plant 25 million trees in the next one year. Anambra State alone can produce 2 million trees because of severity of erosion in the state. 
  2. Environmental Education – NCF is willing to partner the State in introducing environmental education into the school curriculum, establishing conservation clubs and setting up relevant schemes in higher institutions. 
  3. Waste Management – public sensitisation and education should be carried out inorder to help the public understand proper waste management techniques. Recycling of plastic waste would be introduced. Waste Management Advocacy Campaign in Lagos and Ogun States, and South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) ongoing project were sighted as examples.
  4. Beautification – NCF encourages scientifically designed centres that could be used as ecotourism development projects. 
  5. In-situ Conservation – NCF expressed readiness to partner the State Government to establish conservation centres. This will include the protection of the sacred forests. 
  6. Partnership with local organizations – Activities of Biodiversity Preservation Centre (BPC) should be given more life to as low hanging fruits. Working on Agulu Lake, Maamu River Forest etc. Agulu Lake is said to have the largest crocodile species in West Africa and should be made a crocodile sanctuary.

Dr. Okafor capped the meeting by stating that Anambra State should declare a State of Emergency on environment as he identified current major environmental challenges. “Anambra is losing its land to erosion and is consequently more or less becoming the smallest in Nigeria with regard to landmass”

He noted. “Akpata Forest Reserve has been converted to residential area with a sprawling housing estate springing up. Only five Forest Rangers are available in the entire State and they are now relatively very old people.” 

In the same vein, the NCF team visited Imo State, led by the Director of Technical Programmes, Dr. Joseph Onoja, to discuss with the State Government possible partnership in the area of environmental conservation and sustainable development.

The meeting took place at the Cabinet Office Annex in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday, 23rd October with a warm reception by the host, Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Uche Onyeagucha.

The SSG promised to further welcome discussions and deliver NCF’s proposals to the State Governor. He mentioned areas of possible collaboration in conservation such as some abandoned forest reserves and streams that could equally serve as ecotourism destinations.

The SSG also drew attention of NCF to some conservation-friendly cultural practices that have saved some species of fauna. “Pythons and some species of monkeys abound in Imo State because some communities don’t eat them” he said. “Conservation projects should be developed and woven around these species.” 

Other officials in the NCF team were Mr. Paddy Ezeala, Communications Advisor; Mr. Oladapo Soneye, Head Communications and Mr. Solomon Adefolu, Climate Change Programme Lead.

The 7th edition of the Abuja Jabamah, the foremost domestic tourism event in Nigeria is set to take place on the 18th of November 2019 at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja. The one-day event will feature the induction of the Tourism 100 Club (Class of 2019).

The Tourism 100 Club was set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria, and who through their efforts and or that of their organizations have impacted positively on the sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the country.

In 1999, Travellers Magazine published its first Compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club, and last year almost two decades later the list was updated with the Class of 2018.

Other events lined for Abuja Jabamah 2019 includes: Familiarisation Trip, Sampling of Northern Cuisine With Chef Fatima, and a B2B Session, while the Induction and presentation rounds up the day.

Tourism 100 Club

Nominees for Induction: Youth Tourism Promoters

  • Lola Adefope
  • Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday
  • Odion Chigbufue
  • Oguntoye Taiwo Oye
  • Oguntoye Kehinde Oladele
  • Anago Osho
  • Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan
  • Bolaji Seun
  • Debbie Egwuogu
  • Michael Balogun

Emerging Leaders of the Industry

  • Jennifer Awoh
  • Adun Okupe
  • Justina Ovat
  • Geraldine Itoe
  • Nneka (Nne Tomato Jos) Unachukwu-Okaro
  • Lydia Akpadiaha
  • Johnpaul Ezeani
  • Mofe Runsewe
  • Aminat Akanbi
  • Funmi Oyatogun
  • Diala Chibuikem
  • Bukola Olowude
  • Oludayo Taiwo Gideon
  • Olusola Segbenu
  • Patricia Ozioma
  • Victoria Onyemuwa
  • Derinsola Shotunde Taiyeloolou (Deerin Èlèran)
  • Ubong Ekpe Okon
  • Rita Obidike (SKAL President)
  • Samson Aturu (HATMAN)
  • Precious Okonji (FTAN)
  • Ime Udo (NATOP)
  • Hassan Abdulmalik (NANTA)
  • Shalom Asuquo (Travelab)
  • Patrick Chidi (Joliewaka)
  • Peace Iyare (PeacefulSky)
  • Capt. Oudah Kenneth Anate (Stay Up Aviation School)
  • Capt. Emmanuel (Exodus Academy)
  • Piriye Kiyaramo (Travel Club)
  • Erhahon Uhnamure (Brisks)
  • Ib Uloma Kemabonta (Retz)
  • Aniedi Udofia (EDC)
  • Ifeoma Aneke (Allure)
  • Jibola Oluseye
  • Wole Ayorinde (Travel Beta)
  • Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi
  • Ajibola Ogunkeye (Ufitfly)
  • Makanjuola Ibrahim Sholar (Youth Tourism)

Media List

  • Andrew Okungbowa
  • Justina Okpanku
  • Hope Obeten
  • Niyi David
  • Hannah Oni
  • Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi
  • Dozie Uzo
  • Fisayo Olayinka-Bello
  • Chinyere Nwanma Ogidi

Events

  • Ayo Shadare Shaddie Bobo (Lagos Jazz festival)
  • Abom Ephraim Okon
  • Chinedu Okeke (Oriteme Banigo Gidifest)
  • Ozo Chinedu Idezuna Ezemuo
  • Dr. Iyam Ugot (Carnival Calabar Band Leader)

Ahead of the 2019 Carnival Calabar first official Dry Run scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019, a team of joint-stakeholders went on a recce of the approved routes for the event on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

The team comprised of members of the Carnival Commission, the International Carnival Consultant, some band leaders, security agencies, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Department of Public Transportation (DOPT) which has been given sole mandate to manage all the carnival routes; the Fire Service, and the media among others.

Chairman of the Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah who spoke alongside the Senior Special Adviser (Governors Office & Event Management), Hon. Ken Aklah stated that the purpose of the inspection was to establish in the minds of all the stakeholders, the consciousness of the new thinking of the Governor on Carnival Calabar 2019.

“The desire of His Excellency the Governor is to create new excitement and bring something new because as we break new grounds our competitors want to get to where we are.

“This is therefore a combine pre-route recce ahead of dry run tomorrow October 20, 2019 and we are doing this jointly because we want to introduce new things. The recce is to estimate how long it will take despite dancing and stopping on the street to calibrate on time spent which is essential for the carnival, the participants and the spectators.”

Continuing, Onah who sued for cooperation of all the stakeholders said there are newly introduced performance points around the traditional five adjudication points on the twelve kilometre carnival routes.

The Chairman informed that the Governor introduced these new performance points to bring more excitement on the roads in other to engage both the tourists and the spectators who in the past often had long waiting periods before the band procession arrived.

“Performance point one is LG office by Mary Slessor, while point two is from Mary Slessor to Marian by Barrack Road junction. Performance point three is at Governors Boot, point four is at Apples Fast food on Marian, while point five is at Channelview Hotels.

“DOPT has the sole right to man all the carnival routes. Some of these routes will be permanently locked down.” Mr. Onah declared.

The recce/inspection team had in attendance, representatives of the Carnival media partners, such as DStv, AIT, NTA, TVC and Aljazeera.

The Cross River State government has introduced fire fighting mechanism and safety measures to forestall destruction and guarantee the safety of lives and property during the 2019 Carnival Calabar, as preparations are in top gear for the first Dry Run of the global fiesta scheduled for Sunday October 20, 2019.

With an ever increasing global audience due to the steady growth of the month-long festival billed as “Africa’s Biggest Street Party,” Carnival Calabar has come a long way since 2004 when it was inaugurated and the need to improve on safety and safety-consciousness becomes increasingly crucial. This was pointed out by the International Consultant to the event, Mr Ikechi Uko who made it known during a recce and mapping up of the carnival routes on Saturday.

Citing recent fire disaster in Lagos and Onitsha, Ikechi Uko said there is a need for preparedness for control and the prevention of unexpected fire outbreak.

“Carnival Calabar has become a household name globally and our desire to introduce fire service is not restricted to fires in buildings alone, it includes safety to incidences, flood disasters as well as other natural and man-made disasters.

“Again that will include fire service in Carnival Calabar Safety apparatus shown that we are complying with the international best practices on Safety and Disaster management” he said.

Chairman of Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah said the awareness of the new development of fire service operating in full swing in the Carnival activities will commence immediately.

He used the opportunity to called on the Fire Service to partner the Commission on awareness campaigns to emphasize fire safety measures before, during and after the Carnival.

The Director of Cross River State fire service, Mr Don Ugbe who was part of the stakeholders meeting assured the readiness of his officers and men on enforcement, public enlightenment programmes and impact reduction during the exercise.

Dubai, UAE, 6 October 2019:

Dubai has welcomed 113,000 overnight visitors from Nigeria in the first seven months of 2019, according to statistics contained in a press release issued by the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar incline in tourism volumes from the West African country.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest source market for inbound traffic to Dubai, and with an impressive double-digit growth, inbound traffic grew by 28 per cent year-on-year, to cement its position as the emirate’s 17th largest source market. Dubai’s diverse portfolio of attractions has experienced sustained interest amongst Nigerian travellers through ongoing strategic trade partnerships, bespoke integrated marketing campaigns, and always-on social media activations.

Building on ongoing efforts to provide a platform to broadcast Dubai’s multifaceted comprehensive offerings to African tourists, Dubai Tourism, led by the CEO, Issam Kazim, showcased its support at the Akwaaba African Travel Market for the fourth consecutive year with a strong delegation of 21 Dubai-based partners, which included a team from Expo 2020 Dubai. West Africa’s most prestigious travel trade event brought together industry stakeholders from across the public and private sector to provide a platform to share key market insights, further cementing the emirate’s relationships with operators and offering the opportunity to promote Dubai’s ever-evolving destination offering to a highly targeted audience.

Winning the ‘Best Stand’ award for the fourth year in a row, the Dubai Tourism stand, which was the largest at the show, welcomed visitors and set an Akwaaba record with over 700 delegates attending its industry panel session. To the delight of the crowd, six of the nine Nollywood celebrities from the ‘Dubai Faceoff’ campaign made a surprise appearance on stage to voice their experience and admiration for the city. During the session, Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) was joined by His Excellency Fahad Obaid Mohamed Al Taffag, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide market insights and an update on visitor figures. Other highlights included Dubai’s diverse destination offerings and an overview of in-market campaigns.

The event also encompassed several strategic meetings with trade and media partners, including TBI, a key trade partner and one of the largest in Nigeria; Megaletrics, one of the largest owners of radio stations in Nigeria, as well as Dubai’s other key trade partners GHI Assets, NANTA, Seki, and Wakanow.com.
 
As Dubai Tourism continues to represent itself as a model case study for tourism to the African travel market, it maintains its focus on increasing overall marketing activities including training workshops, trade activities (sales activations, fam trips) and campaigns as well as expanding upon the number of Dubai-based partners that participate in roadshows and events in the Nigerian market. Dubai-based partners present at Dubai Tourism’s stand included American Hospital, Avani Deira Dubai Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Dubai Health Authority, Emaar Hospitality Group LLC, Expo 2020, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, Golden Treasure Tourism L.L.C, JA Resorts & Hotels L.L.C, Jumeirah Group, Mida Travels, Pacific Destination Tourism L.L.C, Rayna Tourism L.L.C, Red Apple Middle East Tourism LLC, Royal Arabian Destination Management DMCC, Tabeer Tourism, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR, Travel Destination Online DMCC, W Hotel Palm Jumeirah, Wings Tours Gulf (L.L.C).

Issam Kazim, CEO, (DCTCM), said: “The immense hospitality and genuine welcome we received during our time in Nigeria paved the way for a hugely successful Akwaaba Travel Market 2019. Our continued presence at industry events such as these is testament to our globally diversified market strategy to engage with key strategic partners, cementing our positive relationship with the African travel trade ecosystem.”

Further fostering growth across the African continent, Dubai Tourism continues to leverage its multi-layered marketing strategy, delivering specialised communications programming that recognises the power of social media in influencing travellers’ decision-making processes. This approach saw the launch of the ‘Dubai Face Off’ campaign, where Dubai Tourism successfully collaborated with trade partners WONTRA and Tour Brokers International to provide an exclusive travel package that let fans travel with ‘Nollywood’ celebrities. As part of the campaign, nine well-known Nigerian celebrities gave fans the rare opportunity to accompany them to Dubai, with the package offering flight tickets, entry visa, airport transfers, four nights stay at a 4 or 5 star accommodation, a desert safari experience, city tour, tickets to IMG Worlds of Adventure, world class dining experiences, as well as designated time with the celebrities.
 
With strategic support from stakeholders across the city, the celebrity figures and their fans participated in a series of challenges that incorporated social media engagement, asking fans to vote on their favourite winners throughout their stay. The campaign surpassed projected results with over 200 fans travelling to Dubai  for the exclusive campaign, while the celebrities received just under 31 million engagements on social media to boost the department’s ‘always-on’ social media strategy – which, to date, has exceeded the entire year’s forecasted engagement targets by almost 300 per cent.
 
Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM, commented on the campaign: “As Dubai continues to become a prime destination of choice for Nigerian travellers, we are committed to extending the potential of one of our fastest growing source markets by offering custom-made integrated marketing campaigns and trade activations that showcase the city’s world-class propositions and exceptional experiences on offer. The ‘Dubai Face Off’ campaign is a prime example of our endeavours to harness the power of user generated content and organic circulation in targeting segments eager for customised and diversified experiences.”
 
As the department continues to build on and cement its strong relationship with the Nigerian market, Dubai tourism has plans to launch a second targeted winter marketing celebrity campaign with out-of-home advertising, radio, and social media activations to further engage Nigerian tourists and position Dubai as the destination of choice all year round.

Marriott International, a leading hotel group has revealed that it is expecting to add 40 properties with more than 8,000 rooms in Africa by the end of 2023. This was disclosed at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Marriott announced signed agreements to open its first property in Cape Verde and further expand its presence in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Marriott’s development pipeline through 2023 is estimated to drive investment of over $2 billion from property owners and is expected to generate over 12,000 new jobs in Africa.

Currently, Marriott has close to 140 properties with more than 24,000 rooms across 14 brands and 20 countries and territories.

The group will see eight anticipated openings and six slated openings under Protea Hotels by Marriott. The company is expected to introduce the Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and Element Hotels brands.

Marriott also continues to see growth opportunities for its luxury brands and expects to double its luxury portfolio in Africa by year-end 2023, with more than ten new openings across The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Luxury Collection and JW Marriott brands. The company also expects to launch W Hotels in Africa with the opening of W Tangier in Morocco by 2023.

“Marriott’s established presence and local expertise in Africa, along with our diverse brands and the collective strength of our global platform, put us in a great position to further enhance our footprint in the region where owners are looking to develop high-quality lodging with brands that can differentiate and elevate their product,” commented Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

Key markets fuelling Marriott’s growth in Africa include Morocco, South Africa, Algeria and Egypt.

Source: HotelierMiddleEast.com

A Master Development Agreement (MDA) has been signed between InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Aleph Hospitality to develop ten franchise hotels across IHG’s portfolio of brands in mid-scale and upscale segments in Africa.

Signed at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the agreement will see IHG expand its presence across key countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria and Ghana.

The increasing number of international guests will drive a surge in demand for world-class accommodation and these new properties will cater to the needs of travellers looking for high-quality hospitality experiences.

Pascal Gauvin

Commenting on the announcement, Pascal Gauvin, MD (India, Middle East & Africa, IHG) said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Aleph Hospitality, which will add a significant number of rooms across our portfolio of brands in the African continent. Key markets across Africa continue to see solid growth in tourism key performance indicators and we remain optimistic of the long-term potential for the hospitality sector. The increasing number of international guests will drive a surge in demand for world-class accommodation and these new properties will cater to the needs of travellers looking for high-quality hospitality experiences.”

The hotels will strengthen IHG’s portfolio in the continent, across six brands including Crowne Plaza, voco, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.

Bani Haddad, Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality added, “This signing presents us with opportunities to further enhance and diversify our portfolio in Africa, and we are excited to partner with a globally renowned company such IHG to grow further in the region. With a strong distribution system, preferred brands and a top loyalty programme, IHG is known to deliver commercial success in collaborations with its owners and partners, and we look forward to successfully working together.”

Source: HotelierMiddleEast.com

Respected and popular former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of Seychelles, Alain St.Ange along with several other awardees on the respected list of Africa Top 100 Tourism Global Personalities made it to the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market which took place in Lagos, Nigeria to personally receive their awards.

According to the organiser of AKWAABA African Travel Market and Publisher of ATQ NewsIkechi Uko, “The award recognizes personalities of African origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and its Diaspora.”

Former Minister St. Ange is the President of African Tourism Board Association (ATBA) and has been working tirelessly to create avenues for continued growth of tourism. He said after receiving the prestigious award that it was a tremendous honour for the work he has been doing for tourism as an industry. “I thank wholeheartedly the African Tourism Diaspora for this wonderful recognition.”

Alain St. Ange speaking at the conference…

The presentation of awards took place immediately after the 1st African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019, which was part of the line-up of events at the travel and tourism expo which was hosted at the Convention Centre of the prestigious Eko Hotel Lagos, Victoria Island from September 22 to 24, 2019. The conference and presentation of awards took place on Monday September 23, 2019.

Speakers at the African Diaspora Tourism Conference
Some of the awardees present…

The Africa Travel 100 Awards, now in its 18th year, has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners and government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

All image credit: ©Igbo Ogbobine 2019 for More Cream Than Coffee®