The Guardian publisher, Maiden Ibru, to open 17th Akwaaba Travel Market
The publisher of The Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru will be the Special Guest of Honour at the 2021 edition of Akwaaba African Travel Market, which opens on Monday, November 29 and runs till November 30, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victora Island, Lagos.
As the Special Guest of Honour, Mrs. Alex-Ibru will perform the official unveiling of the biggest travel and tourism event in West Africa, as will speak on the Role of the Media in Promoting Tourism and Travels.
The list notable women, who have in the past unveiled the event include the former Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism Mrs. Anastacia Ndlovu; former Minister of Housing, Nigeria’s Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
As one of the owners of Federal Palace Hotel, and the Sheraton Lagos Hotel Ikeja, Mrs. Alex-Ibru is a major stakeholder in the tourism sector.
Also coming as a guest Speaker for this year’s Hospitality Day session of the event on the 30th of November is the Director General (DG) of National Institute Of Hospitality And Tourism (NIHOTOUR),Turaki Nura Kangiwa. It will be his first Akwaaba as DG NIHOTOUR. He will be supporting the Special Guest Otunba Segun Runsewe, the DG National Council For Arts And Culture, NCAC.
The Hospitality day is making a comeback to Akwaaba, as it was last held in 2016. Experts will treat various issues, while Turaki Nura Kangiwa will speak on How to Scale Hospitality Training to Meet International Standards. A Panel that will include Tana Forsuelo of Wavecrest, Victor Kayode of the Nigerian Hospitality Professional Institute (NHCI) and Justina Ovat -President Women in Hospitality Nigeria will treat the Topic appropriately.
NIHOTOUR was a pioneer exhibitor at Akwaaba African Travel Market in 2004 and past DG Alhaji Munzali Dantata was also a guest at Akwaaba. Recently Akwaaba went into a partnership with NIHOTOUR for the Training of Tourism Professionals in Nigeria (NTSC).
Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) Chief Sam Alabi, who is a Lawyer, will speak on The Limits of State Regulation of Tourism and Hospitality Businesses, while the topic, State Registration and Classification of Hotels: The Journey So Far, will be handled by the First National Deputy President of FTAN Alhaji Badaki Aliyu, Senior Vice President for Africa, Continent Worldwide Hotels Professor Wasiu Babalola, the Commissioner of Tourism Cross River State, Eric Anderson, Chairman Akwa Ibom Hotel and Tourism Board, Mr. Ini Akpabio and the Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin.
The event will open on November 29, with the Youth Tourism Panel, which consists of the champions and pioneers of domestic tourism in Nigeria. They are expected to share their experiences on how they started, and survived the challenges and the future plans. The panel will have the pioneer of Instagram Tourism Promotions in Nigeria, Chiamaka Obuekwe who is also the CEO of Social Prefect Tours. She will be joined by, Bolaji Seun of Naija Explorers, Dr. Onifade Adekunle Eedris of Universal Aviation School, Aminat Akanbi, CEO of Triplisters, Cordis Marianuela Umeokoli, CEO of Mardis Travels and Sam Adeleke of TravelWith SamGlobal. Obinna Emelike, the Tourism and Art Editor Bussinesday Newspapers will moderate the session. Olugbenga Sunday Omotayo, the Promoter of Idere Hills in Oyo State, will also share his experience on how he moved from Hotel Management to Destination Manager.