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Stakeholders gear up for Nigeria Travel Week

Goge Africa team Isaac and Nneka Moses with Efetobo Awhana (CEO, Nigeria Travel Week0 during the Nigeria Tourism Awards 2018

Organisers of the Nigeria Travel Week have announced the various activities lined up for the 3rd edition (17-23 Nov 2019). While the week’s vents kick off this Sunday (17 November) with a fun day out tagged “Upbeat Experience”, it ends with a travel hangout at La Campagne Tropicana resort in Epe, Lagos.

The Travel Week has become a key part of the country’s tourism calendar and is endorsed by the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and the Lagos State government.

Other highlights of the week include a travel roundtable where industry stakeholders discuss the state of tourism in Nigeria and proffer workable solutions to current challenges impeding growth.

However, the most anticipated event is the Nigeria Tourism Awards (aka The Balearica Awards). Scheduled for 22 November, it honours individuals and businesses who have been outstanding in the past year. Categories to be awarded include: Best Tour Operator, Best Airline, Best Travel Agency, Best Hotel and Best Tourist Attraction, among many others.

A cultural performance at the Nigeria Tourism Awards (2017)

“The Balearica Awards (Nigeria Tourism Awards) is designed to register public opinion on the performance of leisure and business tourism service providers and attractions,” says Efetobo Awhana, CEO of Avant Garde Tours and The Nigeria Travel Week. “The Balearica will celebrate and highlight the achievements of outstanding travel professionals, organizations and trend setters in the Nigerian travel industry.”

According to a press statement, “The purpose of NTW is to create awareness about the opportunities and potential in domestic and inbound tourism in Nigeria… seeks to strengthen intra-African tourism via increased networking and partnerships between the different stakeholders in the tourism industry all across Africa.”

 It is also “designed to fight the false narratives about tourism in Nigeria and Africa” because the initiators “believe that there is little progress that can be made to African tourism if Nigerian tourism is left behind”.

And they have good reason for this position. “When you consider that Nigeria alone accounts for almost 20 percent of the population of the continent which is about 1.2 billion people, selling Nigeria to Nigerians thus makes it easier for Nigerians to appreciate other African offerings which are similar in nature.”

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