Winners of Balafon Award for Tourism in West Africa to be honoured at 5th Accra Weizo

African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) has released the list of winners of the prestigious Balafon Awards to be recognised at the annual West African tourism and travel fair, Accra Weizo.   The award winners are the best performers in the industry chosen by the publishers of Atqnews.com. ATQnews.com a member of Travel Media Group. It is the online platform for African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) and Travellers magazine , the first Travel magazine in West Africa which solely focuses on travel and tourism issues. It started publishing offline about 30 years ago.…

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ATQ to recognise top conference centres in West Africa

African Travel Quarterly (Atq) has opened nominations for 2019 Balafon West African Travel and Tourism Awards. As part of the annual travel event Accra Weizo, Atqnews is set to host the 2019 edition of the awards in grand style. In 2017, it hosted the awards for ‘Top 100 Tourism personalities in West Africa’ and at the  2018 edition it hosted the ‘Top 100 Hotels in West Africa’. Beside its annual Balafon award in 2019, atqnews seeks to position in positive light the leading conference centres in West Africa. The winners…

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2019 AGM: NATOP x- rays impact of culture, partnerships, governance on Nigeria tourism

By Franklin Ihejirika The impact of culture, partnerships and governance on Nigeria tourism development was the focus of the just concluded 2019 Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ile Ife, Osun state with the aim of promoting co-operation and collarborations among the culture and tourism stakeholders. In view of the fact that the tourism industry lacks the culture of trust and partnerships, the theme of the AGM becomes apt to see the stakeholders collaborate and work together through partnerships that will help the industry…

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Ife comes alive as Ooni hosts NATOP AGM May 24

.. As Runsewe is confirmed as special guest All is set for the much anticipated 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), of the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), in Osun State, Nigeria. The AGM which will be hosted by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at the Ife Grand Resorts and Leisure is slated to hold on 24th May 2019. NATOP AGM with the Theme: “Impact of Culture, Partnerships and Governance on Nigeria Tourism Development”, will feature a four day program to include a tour of Osun state,…

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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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Nigeria has no major plan to develop tourism as product -Uko

 “The biggest achievement for Weizo in its four year was that for the first time we got two, three West African airlines sitting and saying yes we can interline, for us, that is the most successful achievement of Weizo”.  Mr Ikechi Uko, the organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Accra Weizo, The Gambian Bantaba, international consultant to Calabar Carnival, team leader of Team Africa among others is a strong player in the travel and tourism industry in West Africa and beyond, making the difference in an area where many have…

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Air Peace emerges best carrier in West Africa

Picture Caption Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (3rd right) receiving the carrier’s Balafon Award for Best Airline of the Year in West Africa 2018 from the Organiser of Accra Weizo and Publisher of ATQ News, Mr. Ikechi Uko (2nd left) and other dignitaries at the 4th Accra Weizo in Accra, Ghana on Friday Barely 16 months after launching its regional flight services, Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace has proved its mettle on the West Coast of Africa, picking the Balafon Award for “Best Airline of the Year…

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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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