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Couple wins big, as VIP express marks 10th Anniversary


Mr and Mrs Onabanjo with their dummy cheque.

As part of activities to mark its 10th anniversary, VIP Express, a Nigerian travel and tourism company, recently embarked on a campaign, which saw Mr. and Mrs. Oladimeji Onabajo win an all expenses paid holiday trip to Russia.

The company had asked members to post their VIP holiday pictures on their social media pages using #myvipholiday and see how many likes they could get.

The Onabajos received a total of 4,127 likes and emerged winners of a single return ticket to Russia.


However, as against the trip, the couple opted for the alternative prize money of N500,000, which is equivalent of the ticket money.

Receiving their prize, the Onabajos, who couldn’t contain their joy, said, “We were not too keen because I am not usually lucky with such things and I knew many people entered for the same competition.

Really, any other couple could have won, but my wife encouraged me that we should enter for it and we did. I also remember that at one of VIP’s giveaways, people won cars, so, I was encouraged and here we are,” he enthused.

On her part, Mrs. Onabajo said they were not going to spend all the money on merry making, adding, “We shall save some for our next holiday, which we have planned to spend in Florida.

A lot of people don’t know about VIP Tourism but we have been telling people about it because of the many advantages that come with their packages for members.

Our first holiday with them was to South Africa; the accommodation was fantastic and we also had the privilege of visiting other tourist sites. They just take away all the hassles of travelling,” she said.

While explaining the concept of VIP packages, General Manager of the organisation, Emmanuel Ekwe, said, “Our concept is such that we make holiday travel for Nigerians easy and affordable with our payment plans which revolve around providing resort accommodation.

We have about six levels of membership and you can always start on whichever one is convenient for you.

So, if you cannot afford the one that travels at peak periods, you can start with the one that travels at off-peak periods.”

Ekwe observed that the tourism industry in Nigeria is huge and government is trying to crack it.

“If government is able to do that, it will be good because, Nigeria is endowed with lots of tourist sites.

We just need to get it right in terms of our infrastructure, legislation and implementation.

But I think they are doing a lot to take the industry where it should be,” he said.

He however noted that the tourism industry in Nigeria is currently facing a lot of challenges because the economy has slowed down globally.

“It’s not only the tourism industry facing this challenge; other sectors are also having their fair share, but we are hopeful.

We are working closely with Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and other stakeholders in terms of tourism development in Nigeria to see how we can get involved,” he assured.

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