Arik Air suspends flights to West Coast over COVID-19

Arik Air has announced the temporary suspension of flights to all its West Coast destinations effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The management of the airline took the decision after a careful analysis of the novel CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The chief executive officer of Arik Air, Captain Roy Ilegbodu elaborated: “The safety and well-being of our personnel and valued customers are paramount at this critical time. We do not want to take chances and this is why we have…

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Corona Virus: FTAN expresses confidence on Nigeria health agencies containment measures

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has expressed confidence that Nigeria’s health officials’ effort at containing the Corona Virus would be successful, and that the Covid-19 scare should not stop leisure and business tourists from visiting Nigeria. The Tourism Federation gave this assurance on the culmination of their Governing Council Meeting held in Abuja March 5th 2020. The President of the Tourism Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, who spoke to reporters after the Council Meeting called on all Nigerians and foreign travelers to fully comply with the Corona virus…

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UNWTO, WHO agree on further cooperation in COVID-19 response

The Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili has led a high- delegation to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva to further advance the two agencies’ coordinated response to the worldwide Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the delegation to Geneva and thanked UNWTO for its close collaboration since the very start of the ongoing public health emergency. On the back of the productive meetings, the heads of both United Nations agencies stressed the need to include the following guiding…

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ATQ news unveils West African Travel Awards nominees for 6th Accra Weizo

ATQ News has released the list of nominees for the 2020 Balafon Awards to be recognised at the 6th Accra Weizo, the West African tourism and travel fair, scheduled to take place in June. Voting has commenced online on ATQNews.com, while nominations for the ‘Award of the Decade’ should be sent to atqnewsawards@gmail.com promptly. Nominations and voting will close on May 11, 2020. The Balafon Award of excellence has been received by several deserving individuals and corporate bodies in the West Africa. Past winners include the director general of the…

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Kano comes alive as NANTA set for elective AGM

All is now set for the 44th Annual General Meeting, AGM of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA slated for Kano from 25th to 27th of March 2020. The AGM with the theme: National carrier – A remedy to sustain tourism development and revenue generation will also be looking at the role of the Aviation industry in Nigeria’s economic development and the impact of technology on the nation’s travel business and emerging tourism sector. Speaking during a press briefing in Lagos on Friday on the preparation for the…

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NANTAP reiterates support for Runsewe, IGP on protection of government properties

Photo Caption: R – L: Time Bello, Director of Business FCT, Kayode Aiyegbusi, Chairman FCT HQ, Thespian Isreal Eboh, National President, NANTAP, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, DG NCAC, Oludotun Osunsanya (FTA) and Ngozi Duru, Sec. Gen. FCT Chapter in a group photograph at the Council’s Headquarters The National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) has come out to take a bold stand in support and commendation of Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture and Inspector General of Poilice, Mohammed Adamu. NANTAP recognises that both men have…

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Ekiti submits bid to host NAFEST 2021

The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has expressed the interest of his state in hosting the 2021 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST). Receiving the bid document from Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Prof. Tunde Bakare on Monday, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended Governor Fayemi for early indication of interest to host the cultural fiesta. Runsewe described Governor Fayemi as a proactive leader who is committed to giving the best to…

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NASS lauds IGP, Runsewe for Protecting government property

The National Assembly has commended the concerted efforts of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Otunba Runsewe (Director-General) National Council for Arts and Culture for ensuring the protection of public utilities. Members of the House Committee on Culture and Tourism led by the chairman, Hon. Ogbeide Ihama denounced a situation where private individuals convert government property for personal use extolling the IGP and Runsewe for securing the permanent site of NCAC located in Abuja. Hon. Ihama said both men have remained unwavering in their commitment to protecting government…

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Cross River sustains hold on tourism, goes cycling for humanity

Certainly, Cross River State is not resting on its month long premium tourism product, carnival Calabar, the state is on overdrive to up its octopus hold on the sector with a sport tourism cycling project dubbed Akwacross. The game plan is to keep the state continuously in focus with strategic and sustainable tourism activities, building up an entirely dependent economy on tourism culture, environment and other down stream influncers of the business. Akwacross cycling project which is specially dedicated to enhancing the historical and cultural relationship between the people of…

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Travelscope youth tourism forum holds June 4

The 12th edition of Youth Tourism & Hospitality Leaders Forum (YTHLF2020), the annual gathering of tourism and hospitality loving youths is billed to hold in Ibadan on June 4, 2020. In a rstatement, the Convener of YTHLF and managing editor, Travelscope Magazine, Omololu Olumuyiwa disclosed that the primary objectives of the annual event is to sensitize, educate, motivate and promote the social, cultural and economy values of tourism and hospitality sector among the students, young tourism promoters and stakeholders. This year’s edition of YTHLF is expected to rally participants from…

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