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13th Akwaaba African travel market, fair opens in Lagos


Akwaaba African Travel Market November 2015, Eko Hotel, Lagos Nigeria

Akwaaba Travel Market, the biggest travel and tourism fair in West Africa, is set to open in Lagos, on Sunday, September, 10, 2017. The fair, being the 13th edition, is a three-day event holding at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

To spice this year’s event, a Chef Challenge has been introduced to confirm the country in West Africa that cooks the best jollof rice.

The event will be declared open by the Director General, National Council of Arts & Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe. The jollof rice challenge has already created a buzz and excitement amongst the competing countries.


The chef challenge is organised with the sole aim of promoting culinary tourism in Africa. It will have chefs from Nigeria, and Ghana competing for the best jollof rice, and a group of Nigerian chefs will compete for the best prepared rice in varieties.

The 2nd Africa Travel and Tourism Conference will hold on the second day of 13th Akwaaba. Speakers and panelists during the Travel and Tourism Conference will be addressing topics and dealing with issues such as “One year of Accident free commercial aviation: What did Africa do right?” African Airlines and profitability, the real issues, Airport perspective, Regulations perspective, Airlines’ perspective.

The President/CEO, Sabre Network NMC, West Africa, Gbenga Olowo, is the guest speaker. The Women in Tourism conference 2017, will have Deputy Minister of Tourism, Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndlovu, as guest speaker, with the theme: Women in Tourism: Challenges and the Future. This session will allow leading women in tourism to discuss on the various challenges facing women in tourism, and move towards curbing these challenges for now and the future.

The third day will feature Youth in Tourism Conference 2017 with the CEO of Tambollo, Sekimi Ifederu, as guest speaker.

This Conference seeks to address the challenges Young people in travel business face in promoting Domestic Tourism in Nigeria, and also bring the youth in tourism together. as it seeks to mainstream them into the organised travel and tourism business.

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