NAFEST 2018: Every state a winner

The 31st edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture has come and gone but the positive national vibrations generated still lingers. Though about four states, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Delta came tops as overall winners, almost all the participating states had one award or another listed for them. It is strategic and the NCAC idea is to foster a sense of belonging, acceptability and encouragement to be the best in developing and sustaining the huge Nigerian cultural value chain, particularly those endemic to each region or people. This report…

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Akure airport records growth in passengers’ traffic

The Akure airport manager, Mrs Cecilia Oguama, said passengers’ traffic has tremendously improved with the commencement of flight by Air Peace following a partnership arrangement between the airline and the Ondo State government.  Mrs Oguama explained that before now, the airport recorded low traffic of about 20 passengers but was excited that passengers’ traffic has increased.  She said “it has increased tremendously, there was a time we were having ten, twenty but right now we are having passengers in thousands, and four thousand, five thousand per month” On the new…

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The PEARL of Nigeria Award is here

Awards initiatives around the world have become of deep interest, basically because of what they represent. Awards given in recognition of sterling performance are known to make clear statements about specific achievements of outstanding people or organisations that stand out based on pre-determined parameters. Our world may have become more innovative and glamorous, but the desire to continually recognise achievement and appreciate such honours underscore an integral part of being human. Going back in time, Awards or Trophies for victories or achievements in ancient times often took the form of magnificent…

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Lagos Day: Lagos shines at 14th Akwaaba with spectacular outing

Lagos state on Tuesday, September 11, put up a spectacular outing on its Day at the 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market at the Eko Hotel and Suites. Lagos excited the visitors and guests with its unique hospitality, rich cultural heritage and entertainment. The state exhibition stand at the expo was a beehive of activities throughout the 3 days of the event with visitors and guests from across Africa and beyound coming to make one inquiry or the other. In recent years, the Lagos state government has demonstrated its commitment to…

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Saraki: Will Affliction Rise a Second Time?

By Jude Ndukwe How fast things change? How quickly destinies turn around? In the first week of July 2018, the police had invited the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, for questioning over the infamous Offa Robbery. Tongues wagged, creating another round of tension in the land. Many could not understand what was happening. But then, this is Nigeria; this is the country where the lust for power makes otherwise reasonable people do unreasonable things. Many thought it was a witch hunt. How could Saraki be involved in armed robbery, remotely…

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Scientific protocols for tourism master plans in Nigeria (1)

By Andy Ehanire There are mounting litany of woes surrounding the issue of Tourism Master Plans in the Nigerian Tourism environment, as a result of the inability to create the much needed paradigm for the community of tourism professionals, including public and private sector practitioners alike. It is a fundamental principle of development that relevant professional knowledge must become universally evident to a committed body of intellectuals or practitioners, as to generate the needed momentum for its advancement, hence, as the saying goes, there is a paradigm shift. However, this…

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Extortion at land borders: Obstacles to seamless travel on the West Coast

By Franklin Ihejirika With about 280 million people, 40 airports, 15 countries, 10 per cent of the total travel in Africa happens in West Africa but out of the 5 per cent of global tourism that comes to Africa, West Africa has zero percentage because of the constraints to seamless travel within the sub-region. Contributing to the hassles faced by travellers in West Africa are chiefly the activities of shady immigration, customs, and some other para-military agency officials at the border posts who resort to extorting bus companies and travellers.…

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Chika Balogun: Buhari’s game changer in tourism education

Getting tourism education right has always been a major challenge in the quest to get Nigeria blossom in global tourism business. Indeed, home front tourism education has no focus and lacks sustainable definition. It is from zero to zero until Chika Balogun came to the scene almost four years ago. For over 30 years, 1987 to be precise, the birth and successful lobby by Nigeria to serve as creative tourism education hub in West Africa powered by International Labour Organization and other United Nation agencies, met with brick walls of…

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African Tourism gears towards new heights with record attendance at 2018 Indaba

Tourism in Africa is gearing towards new heights with record attendance from 80 countries for the 2018 Africa’s Travel Indaba in South Africa. The annual event which was held in Durban; Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa from the 7th to the 10th of May experienced a significant rise in participation from last year’s event with 23 African countries in attendance this year. The overall registrations saw an increase by 4percent from last year’s figures reaching the 7000 mark. Total registered buyers increased by 14 percent from last year, bringing…

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NATOP petition and maligning of Tourism Personalities (1)

By Ikechi Uko My attention have been drawn to a widely Circulating petition signed by 5 members of NATOP alleging irregularities in the affairs of NATOP. I have been called by a top Government official someone I respect to withhold any further escalation of the issue until it is resolved. He has asked for Calmness So I will be restrained in my response. I am forced to respond because the petition was copied to all my Clients in Nigeria and abroad so it looks like a hatchet Job to get…

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