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Exhibitors gear up for Akwaaba Africa Travel Market 2018

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Regional Director (Africa) for Dubai Tourism, Stella Obinwa; Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Stanislas Kamanzi; Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Jamiu Ashimi; Organiser, Akwaaba African Travel Market, Ikechi Uko and the Director-General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe at the 2017 Akwaaba Africa Travel Market in Lagos


As stakeholders in the travel and tourism sector prepare for this year’s Akwaaba Africa Travel Market, organisers of the event have confirmed that leading tourism destinations from the Middle East and Africa participating at the event holding from Sunday September 9 to Tuesday September 11, 2018, at Eko Hotel & suites, Lagos.

Particularly, Dubai will be attending Akwaaba with over 15 companies. Dubai has in recent time become the biggest destination for Nigerian travellers, with over 20 flights a day terminating in Dubai from Lagos and Abuja. It is believed that over 300,000 Nigerians pass through Dubai every year.

Among companies from Dubai expected at the event include Jumeirah, Red Apple, Khimji, Sun and Sand, Apha Tours, Swissotel Copthorne Hotel, Rayna Tourism, Mgallery and Arabian Adventures. Others are Dubai Health Authority, Wings Tours, Pullman City Centre Hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels, Ritz Carlton and Dubai Tourism.
    
This comes as Gambia Tourism Board seeks to renew their presence in Nigeria. As part of latest efforts to increase awareness for the Gambia as an all year tourism destination for discerning Nigerian visitors and prospective investors, the Gambia Tourism Board has announced its participation at the 14th Akwaaba. The country has confirmed participation with a 20-man delegate for the event to include top stakeholders in the industry to be led by the DG Gambia Tourism Board.

Earlier this year, the Akwaaba travel market team had organised the ‘Banjul Bantaba’ event with a familiarisation trip to the Gambia and a high powered B2b session, which showed Nigerians the amazing potentials for touristic splendor and introduced some of the new tour operators to the destination. The fall out was amazing with increasing requests for packages to the Gambia.

In a statement signed by the Marketing Director, Gambia Tourism Board, Adama Njie, the country promised visitors to it’s stand at Akwaaba an unforgettable Gambian experience. Also, top hotels, tour Operators and stakeholders will be attending from Gambia.

Njie assured visitors a “taste of some of our national cuisine, music and multimedia presentation of the range of our trendy and exquisite resort facilities, cultural patrimony, ecotourism, exotic fauna and flora attributes throughout our beautiful country, which have earned The Gambia the acronym –the Smiling Coast of Africa.”The Gambia Day event is set to flow from Sunday with the Jollof rice contest into Monday, when the event proper will hold.


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