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Travel Gurls Sport week 2021: Oganisers present gift to winners


Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and Mrs. Edith Udegbe of Delta Air Lines (left) presenting the trophy and prize to Dr. Adesola Falaiye who received it on behalf of Mrs. S.O Olowo

Travel Gurls Sport Week, an African Sports Tourism Week initiative dedicated to celebrating the female clan in the Nigerian travel/tourism industry for the value they bring to the travel table, debuted before the pandemic in 2020, with a beach volleyball tournament, in Lagos. It engaged women from the broad spectrum of the travel and tourism trade, producing winners who went home with trophy, medals and prizes.

Given the COVID-19 protocols and the restrictions that come with it, the organisers this year decided to opt for a sporting activity with less contact, hence the choice of golf tournament. The golf kitty was keenly contested in different categories, which comprised of travel professionals and members of Ikeja Golf Club ladies section.

Playing in the travel professionals category were Edith Udegbe, Sales Executive of Delta Air Lines and S.O Olowo of Interguide Air Services. S.O Olowo won the category, carting home the trophy and flight ticket courtesy Delta Air Lines.

Felicia Victor, a retired policewoman won the other category, with a 71 net score, which earned her a weekend stay at Golfview Suites & Conference Centre.

The golf kitty, which was hosted in partnership with National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), teed off on the sunny morning of Friday, June 11, at the Ikeja Golf Club, but got slightly interrupted by rain. This, however, didn’t deter the ladies fr
om finishing their rounds.

The presentation ceremony, which was held at Golfview Suites & Conference Centre, was graced by the Lagos Tourism team, led by Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture. Also in attendance was Vice President for NANTA Lagos.

Speaking after the prize presentation, President and founder of African Sports Tourism Week, Prince Deji Ajomale-McWord expressed his happiness over the success of the 2021 edition.

“Women have played pivotal role in helping African Sports Tourism Week get this far and we do not trivialize their contribution to the global travel trade. We can practically say this is their industry”, he said.

According to Prince Deji, the event move to other destinations including Abuja, where women in travel business who live and ply their trade there, will be celebrated.


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