Caption: L-R Bankole Bernard, President NANTA; Annette Ibe, Regional West Director of NTDC and Efetobo Awhana, founder and Host of Nigeria Travel Week at a press parley recently

Its the 2nd Edition of Nigeria Travel Week happening 23rd – 24th November 2018, keep these dates on lock down.

The Nigeria Travel Week (NTW) is a multi-day tourism event platform to drive the Nigeria tourism sector by bringing together buyers, consumers, travel techs, tourism/travel service providers and the media to network, review and discuss the development of tourism in Nigeria and Africa. Little wonder, the 2018 theme is  Enhancing Tourism Experiences through Stakeholder Collaborations.

Facts & Figures

In 2017, it had representatives from 14 countries, over 2,000 attendees and 4706 unique voters. Its Social Media impressions are very impressive too, over 5 million instagram mentions and 12 million plus tweets on its debut. I dare say, Nigeria Travel Week is fast becoming Nigeria’s top tourism event.

Objectives

To promote increased networking and partnerships between the different stakeholders in the travel industry.

Create awareness about the opportunities and potentials in domestic and inbound tourism in Nigeria as well as intra-Africa travel.

Nurture a culture of traveling and holidaying , both domestic and outbound in Nigerians.

5 Reasons not to miss it!

1 – Its the 2nd top travel and tourism event after South Africa’s Indaba where aviation professionals, travel consultants, tour operators, hoteliers, restaurateurs, curators, travel tech and other tourism stakeholders meet to discuss trends and solutions for growth of the tourism industry in Nigeria and Africa under one roof. Just like the theme for the year, Nigeria Travel Week 2018 is a result of a strategic partnership between the different major public and private sector stakeholders in the Nigerian tourism space including the NTDC, FTAN, NANTA, and SKAL Nigeria. The goal is a truly world class event to drive the change for a new narrative for domestic and inbound tourism in Nigeria.

 

2 – Like any other event of its size, this year’s edition will feature a tourism exhibition where the various tourism stakeholders will showcase and offer amazing travel deals to trade and the public. Different states in Nigeria will provide snippets of their tourism offerings including hotels, museums and attractions, restaurants and cuisine. Visitors will be able to book holidays on the spot or create a dream package for the future.

 

3 – If you have been angling for an opportunity to meet and network with the boss of Nigerian apex tourism body, Director General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, this is your moment. Nigeria Travel Week will provide a platform for stakeholders of the tourism industry to meet with Coker who will seek to deepen the level of collaboration within the industry. This is coming as the NTDC has been able to enter strategic partnerships with GOOGLE and Wikimedia to solve one of the fundamental problems facing tourism in Nigeria – information in a digital world!

 

4 – The Travel Roundtable program is fast becoming one of Africa’s most-talked tourism event. It had over 300 attendees on its debut last year and more are expected this year. It  includes 4 sessions with 24 panelists who are renown in the industry including Prince Yemisi Shyllon of OYASAF, Desmond Majekodumi of LUFASI Park, Jon Howell of Aviadev Africa, Tana Forsuelo of Wavecrest College of Hospitality, Robin Campbell of Nigeria Field Society and Bernard Bankole of Finchglow Travels. The sessions discuss building a career in tourism; changing boundaries in African tourism; investment opportunities in Nigerian tourism and tech trends for the tourism industry.

 

5 – Save the best for the last. The climax of Nigeria Travel Week is the Balearica Awards also known as the Nigeria Tourism Awards which honours outstanding tourism stakeholders over the last 12 months. The Balearica is named and designed after the Crowned Crane. The Black Crowned Crane was proposed to be the national bird of Nigeria around 1985, even though it is not very clear how and why it was changed to the eagle. Countries have national animals and plants as symbols for tourism promotion.

 

The statuette is a 24ct gold plated aluminium with a solid black acrylic base. The Balearica will become a pan-African award by 2020. The awards are vetted by Phillips Consulting for quality and integrity purposes. Some of the winners at last year’s awards include the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi won the royal support for Tourism Award; Best tourism governor was clinched by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ibom Golf Resort Uyo won Best Resort while Terra Kulture won the award for Best Restaurant

 

All events will hold at Federal Palace Hotel, V/Island, Lagos. Attendance is free for the public except the Balearica Awards which is strictly by invitation due to the limited spaces available. Pre-registration for Nigeria Travel Week is through the official website: nigeriatravelweek.com and via Eventbrite.

Nigeria Travel Week is selling Nigeria to the world, Effortlessy!