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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X-raying Segun Runsewe’s one year in office as DG of NCAAC

The National Council for Arts and Culture, (NCAC) a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has in the past one year, witnessed a lot of turning around with the appointment of Otunba Segun Runsewe, OON as the new Director General of the Council. There are visible evidences to buttress the fact that President Mohammadu Buhari has put a round peg in a round hole. With his appointment in the last week of April and assumption of office in the first week of May last year, industry watchers…

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Is Abia really ready for investors ?

By Wole Adesina Abia state holds the enviable record of been the most resourced of the SE States with regards to mineral resources, yet remains the least developed not surprising given that it has the most investor unfriendly environment. Despite the best efforts of the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the fact that there are politicians within his cabinet with political ambitions which eclipses the greater good of Abia, will continue to play out. One of such politicians is the current Attorney General of the State, Mr Ume hKalu (SAN) who…

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FAAN: Enhancing passengers facilitation through Ease of Doing Business

It is worthy to note that the implementation of the federal government’s Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business at the nation’s airports has impacted positively on the the aviation industry in many areas. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN’s implementation of the Order has contributed in no small measure in enhancing passengers’ facilitation at the country’s airports, especially international airports. The Ease of Doing Business initiative was conceived and launched to reduce to the barest minimum, bureaucratic bottlenecks in government processes and procedures. It is on record…

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Ethiopian: Spearheading the development of African Aviation

By Franklin Ihejirika, Lagos There is no doubt that Ethiopian Airlines is one of the biggest carriers in Africa in fleet size, destinations, staff strength and others. The airline is spearheading the development of African Aviation in many areas, including the facilitation and the growth oftourism within the continent by acting as a major catalyst engineering growth of Africa’s tourism industry. Ethiopian is working to take over Africa’s skies and change air travel on the continent through the acquisition of stakes in other airlines, partnerships and management of other carriers…

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NDLEA lampoons Concerned Officers over worn-out allegations

.. As group describes NDLEA reaction as slap on Buhari Govt. anti-corruption The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has lampooned the group called Concerned Officers over their worn-out allegations against the chairman of the Agency, retired Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah. The NDLEA while calling the attention of the Media to what it described as the nefarious activities of the group of individuals, noted that they are fronting for some drug syndicates who are sponsoring unfounded allegations of wrong doings to blackmail the leadership of the Agency.  The Agency in…

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