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Africa-African diaspora tourism association launches at Akwaaba 2019


Ikechi Uko, Organiser Akwaaba Travel Market (left); Fabien Anthony, Chairman & Co-Founder Pan-African Council and Rabbi Kohain, Executive Director Panafest Ghana

The African Travel Quarterly, (, has unveiled a shortlist of Diaspora winners of the Africa Travel 100 Global personalities awards. The award recognises personalities of African origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality, that have been contributing to the development of the continent and its Diaspora in the area of tourism and travel. This comes as plans to launch a global tourism association for tourism players in Africa and the diaspora reaches advanced stage.  

The African Travel 100 Global Personalities award will take place during the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market billed for September 23, at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event, which will be part of the first African Tourism Diaspora Conference, is expected to draw top tourism personalities from around the world to Lagos.
The conference is to mark the 400 years of slavery, a very sensitive topic that has created an uncomfortable relationship between Africa and its diaspora. The conference will create an opportunity to celebrate the merging of Africans, Americans, Caribbean’s and the rest of the world during this memorable gathering expected in Lagos.
Africa with 54 countries and a population of 1.2 billion has an unbelievable tourist attraction. The Caribbean and African diaspora have a unique culture, rich heritage and beautiful destinations for tourists, hence the need to connect and combine these wonderful cultures and population, creating a huge global market.
Therefore, the conference presents a platform to discuss, initiate, dialogue and celebrate a new relationship. However, the recognition of Africa as a beacon of hope for African people living on the continent and in the Diaspora to explore, relate and live using the African Diaspora Tourism Conference as the African Platform for the foundation of this long-lasting relationship.

Now in its 18th edition, the Africa Travel 100 Awards has over the years recognised leaders, industry practitioners, and the government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

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