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Top tour operators meet at 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market


Akwaaba Africa Travel Market founder Ikechi Uko

Organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market in collaboration with ATQ News, have announced that the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators awards and recognition will take place during the 14th edition of the annual travel show and exhibition in September 2018.

Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Ikechi Uko, expressed his excitement about the awards as he also shed light on the award for the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators.

He said: “Last year we celebrated the awards of the Africa Travel 100 Women at the 13th Akwaaba Travel Market. During that event, top of the Class, great and industrious women who have established themselves in and are still driving the growth of travel business from across Africa gathered in Lagos for that memorable Africa Travel 100 Women awards.


“The resounding reception, feedback and transformation that event set forth in Africa coupled with the massive acceptance we received from every country in Africa and beyond was great. Today many Countries have set up Women in Tourism organisations and we are proud to have helped set it off.

“Our vision is to stimulate Intra Africa Tourism. We need to get at least 10 per cent of Africans to travel within Africa. This can only work with the support of Tour Operators. We are going a step further this year to recognize and celebrate the core professional outbound Tour Operators who are at the fore of attracting and moving Africans outside their own countries to explore the abundance of the beauties of our Africa”, he said.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region where Travel and Tourism competitiveness is the least developed.

Although regional performance has increased, it has improved less compared to other parts of the world. Southern Africa remains the strongest sub-region, followed by Eastern Africa and then Western Africa. Yet, on average, Eastern Africa is the most improved region, while Southern Africa has experienced a slight decline. And that considering the size and the rich cultural and natural resources, the 63 million tourists visiting the continent in 2017 remain low.

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