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akwaabaAKWAABA, also known as the African Travel Market (ATM), will be held once again at the New Expo Centre at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria from November 22-24, 2015. AKWAABA has been designated by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as the official travel exhibition of Nigeria. 

Known as the place “where Africa meets the world”, AKWAABA is dedicated to linking the world to Africa by bringing together travelers, airlines, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, travel agents, state tourism boards, foreign trade and tourism sectors in Nigeria, West-Africa and Africa. In light of challenges faced by African destinations in the past year, particularly West Africa, the show organizers are delighted to highlight the leading tourism developments, products, and suppliers to show that West Africa is open and ready for business.

In 2014, AKWAABA attracted exhibitors from over 20 countries and over 15,000 attendees. The 2015 program will be expanded to feature Africa Travel Awards, a Spa Africa Day, a Wedding Show, Wine Tasting, an Africa Business Travel Association Workshop, a Hospitality & Aviation Forum, as well as Country Day Celebrations.

The Africa Travel Association (ATA), the leading travel industry trade association, working in collaboration and partnership with the African Union in promoting tourism to Africa, continues its partnership with AKWAABA, the leading annual international travel fair in West Africa, to market and promote tourism to West Africa.

“ATA is delighted to once again partner with AKWAABA during its eleventh anniversary to support travel and tourism in West Africa,” said Edward Bergman, ATA Executive Director. “Since its founding, AKWAABA has served as a bridge between the tourism industry in West Africa and North America and ATA is pleased to be a part of it.”

To learn more about the 2015 event, visit http://www.africantravelmarkets.com. 

Rwanda welcomes you to the inaugural RWANDA INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR 2015 on 14 th -16th August 2015 in ( EXPO GROUNDS) Kigali, Rwanda.

 

Rwanda     The three-day event will showcase pavilions and exhibit booths of popular, new and emerging tourism destinations, attractions, travel-related products and services that would offer affordable airline tickets, tour packages and discounted hotel accommodations.

     With focus on promoting regional and international inbound and outbound tourism, is a must attend business event for the travelers, diaspora,frequent business travelers, corporate meeting and conference managers , holiday makers, travel agents and tour operators.

     By attending this expo they will promote their tourism and travel brand as well as opportunity to exchange new tourism and travel opportunities and views with each other.

Visitors are travelers,those seeking city breaks,wellness,cross corporate and government

 Great world Expositions PVT.  the organizers for hosted buyers from emerging markets in middle Europe, India Far East and Australasia, who will attend this event as well as buyers from traditional markets of US, West Europe and rest of the world

 •         Meet over 200 highly qualified  buyers from across the globe

•         Face-to-face meetings with key decision-makers

•         Targeted business matchmaking (online diary system)

•         Network with industry colleagues across multiple sectors

•         Launch new product and service offerings

•         Update the industry on your existing products

•         Participate in networking events and educationals

The buyers are in categories of VIP corporate hosted buyers ,local corporate hosted buyers and international hosted buyers

Exhibitors will also promote their highest quality products and services to visitors from the region and the rest of the world at the specially designed country pavilions.

It will be a great venue for networking with the world’s travel professionals to build your business as well as directly interact with general public to attract more tourists to your destinations. The features of the event include:

• Business appointment session and meeting

• International Tourism Forum

• Corporate booths that offer affordable and excellent tour packages

• Hotel suppliers and Travel related Products  forum and one-to-one  networking activities

With executives of hotel chain and key tourism players

• Corporate challenges, game shows & Raffle draws for visitors

• Cultural presentations

• Arts and craft demonstrations

• Ecotourism ,medical and education tourism showcase

• Golf and sports tourism

  

 

The event provides perfect opportunity for you to grow your tourism business and promote your brand

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HOSPITALITY AFRICA EXHIBITIONS;

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This article byjampro1 Michael Reckord appeared in Jamaica's Gleaner.

Even before the start of The Jamaica Film Festival from July 7-11 in Kingston, new Jamaican screenplays and contemporary writers, directors and producers - the 'content creators' - are getting international exposure.

Jampro's Film Commissioner Carole Beckford says the it has been coming in a number of ways. One is through a visit that she and other interested parties made to Los Angeles, California, in the United States, between March 10 and 16.

"We met with some of the best movie producers in the business in the black community of the city and we found out that Jamaica is indeed a location they are interested in - and not just for filming. They want to work with us," Beckford told me recently.

She pointed out that this is quite a change. "Jamaica has been a backdrop to Hollywood for so long. It was deemed only a location for filming," Beckford explained. Now, producers are discovering the island has both technical film-making expertise and competent content creators.  In Beckford's words, "the film festival aims to show that the content producers are just as competitive as their technical peers."

A video conveying what the film festival hopes to achieve was screened in Los Angeles, and a trailer for the Jamaican films now being made for the film festival will be to shown at the Penn Relays between April 23 and 25. The trailer will piggyback on the tremendous athletic presence that Jamaica has traditionally had at the relays.

Following JAMPRO's call for scripts late last year, 54 entries were received. From that, 15, submitted by 13 writer-directors, were chosen for production. From February 9-13, the directors, along with actors, took part in an acting master class conducted at the Creative Production and Training Centre by American actress/educator/ director Cassandra Freeman.

"The focus was on acting, but it also dealt with how to direct the actors," Beckford said. "She (Freeman) does the acting master class as part of her job." Beckford said Freeman, a fellow at Fordham University and lecturer at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, has shown her films at a number of festivals. These include the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and Freeman has also facilitated a film-development project in Rwanda.

Curious about the dozens of scripts not among the 15 selected, I asked if they would be placed in a drawer somewhere and forgotten. Beckford assured me that would not be their fate. "Some of the writers asked back for their scripts and will probably work on them," she said. "But all of them will be invited to participate in the film festival and they will get to attend the business meetings and to speak with experts in the industry. Most are coming from the US and Canada and we may have two others from the UK and the Caribbean."

The film projects being worked on for the film festival are in the categories short features, documentaries and narratives, and include two animation products. All the films are short - under 40 minutes - and their themes include drama, comedy and tragedy. Beckford said the scripts were subject to analysis by stakeholders and the producers have been involved in discussions with various sponsors.

Writer/director Dahlia Harris, one of the entrants who got two projects accepted (the other is Chris Browne), told me "we the film-makers are still in need of funding and we urge the private sector to partner with us. We are willing to have them view the scripts and/or treatments to see how we can help to position their brands globally."

Beckford said production of the films entails content producers working with their technical peers. Each of the 15 projects calls for up to 30 people working with the producers on casting, location, editing, marketing, and more. "I've been telling them I need your posters, I need the images that will go on your cover, I need to know how you will present yourselves," Beckford said, speaking very much like the publicist she was when working with Usain Bolt. (She has found that sports publicity and film publicity have much in common.)

Beckford insists that the business aspect of the festival is as important as the screenings and formal face-to-face business sessions will take place daily. Topics will include how to get into the market, what the film business is like now and what it will be, as well as packaging.

She insisted that there must also be discussion in the many markets now available to film-makers. "Back in the day, we only had big screen and television. Now we have Google, Urban TV, Netflix, Afro Stream, YouTube and more. Content producers everywhere in the world have greater opportunities now, but they will have to package it in a particular way to meet global demands," Beckford said.

Discussion on the music element of film is of vital importance, Beckford said. Tuff Gong has partnered with JAMPRO for the festival and there will be a Music Day on which the business of music and film will be discussed. "We're expecting that the shooting and editing of the films will be completed by May, for the films have to be judged in June and put through the (post-production) process for premiering in July," Beckford told me.

Also in June, there will be the viewing of international films entered for the festival. So far, there have been 140 submissions.

For the original report go to jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20150410/ja-film-festival-gathers-momentum

afroasiaThe AfroAsia Week Show Off Runway is a vibrant event to showcase fashion inspired by the continents of Africa and Asia. This year's event willl take place at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton, Bedfordshire on the second day of the event.

Day 2 - 15 AUGUST 2015 - AFROASIA WEEK RUNWAY 12-7PM

Our Showoff Fashion Runway is for emerging and established designers worldwide who are inspired or owned by entrepreneurs from Asia or Africa

Each designer has a 5 minute slot with makeup and hair styling made available including options for enhanced marketing. 

The event presents a fantastic opportunity for designers to showcase their creativity and engage fashion buyers and fashionistas alike with all proceeds from the event going to support continued literacy and social integration community work with Africans and Asians  in Great Britain.

AfroAsia Week is the trading name of AfroAsia Ultimate CIC a registered Community Interest Company, Registered in the UK No: 8738153.

The main focus of the organisation is culture, heritage and socioethnic cohesion. Togetherness, empowerment of women and youths whilst encouraging tolerance, interaction and cooperation between all members of the community.

To achieve this AfroAsia week provides a series of activities and services designed to introduce and to showcase foods, fashion, business, culture and traditions of individuals in Great Britain who are of African or Asian Heritage including provision of literacy and culture seminars engaging members of African and Asian community to impart and teach about culture, heritage and sustainable living. 

 

For further information, visit https://afroasiaweek.com/fashion-runway/

kittThe St Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that the world-renowned St. Kitts Music Festival takes place 25th to 27th June, 2015.

Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, said he is excited about the 2015 edition of the Festival, which has become one of the most anticipated events in the Caribbean’s calendar of events.

“The St. Kitts Music Festival has grown over the years into a unique event that showcases international music stars alongside rising local and Caribbean acts,” Minister Grant said. “Promotion of the Festival has started in our various markets to encourage visitors to follow their hearts to St. Kitts, to enjoy one of the most diversified musical weekends in the Caribbean."

Minister Grant also pointed out that visitors attending the Festival can stay on to revel in the 'Biggest Party in Sport,' which is the Caribbean Premier League. With the destination being awarded the newest cricket franchise in the CPL – the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots – St. Kitts will host all six neutral games in the CPL in July.

Last year, the Warner Park Stadium became the focus of cricket fans from around the world. CPL's unique blend of entertainment saw the CPL finals played alongside a spectacular performance from Grammy award-winning American artist, Rick Ross.

The historic Warner Park Stadium is also home to the St. Kitts Music Festival, which is now in its nineteenth consecutive year.

The Festival features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

Past artists include John Legend, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Tyrese, Kelly Rowland, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Shaggy, Destra Garcia and Machel Montana HD.

Source: ETN

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ATA'S AVIATION, TRAVEL & TRADE SUMMIT

 

ATA Aviation, Travel & Trade Summit, Honorary Chair 
Ambassador Andrew Young
 
 
On behalf of the Africa Travel Association (ATA) in partnership with the African Union Mission to the United States and Global Strategies for Good, we invite you to attend ATA’s Aviation, Travel & Trade Summit in Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Honorary Chair Ambassador Andrew Young, the event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center from July 12-13, 2015.
 
Inspired by the theme Elevating Africa’s Aviation & Tourism Industry, the Summit will bring together leading global airlines, aviation experts, travel and tourism professionals, corporations, business leaders,government officials, travel buyers and suppliers who have an interest in the advancement of the airline industry, business development and tourism in Africa.

The Summit will commence with an Africa Cultural Night Reception on the evening of July 12th, followed by a full-day of sessions on July 13th.
 
The Summit will provide networking events, professional development, and learning opportunities. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in the exciting City of Atlanta, GA this summer!
 
Further details on the program, speakers, and registration TBA.
 

tpoc-logo-wbMark your calendars to join the Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) on May 13th- 17th, 2015 for the 13th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel in East Point, Georgia. Located just minutes from Atlanta, East Point offers all the amenities of the bustling city and convenience of being minutes away from the airport, Georgia International Convention Center and Atlanta attractions. Enjoy exceptional accommodations, dining and shopping in East Point with easy access to Atlanta. The pre-conference heritage tour will be held on May 13th.

East Point will welcome more than 200 of the world's most influential tourism industry professionals for the 2015 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference.  High-profile bookings such as TPOC reflect East Point and Atlanta's reputation as a tourism industry leader.TPOC attendees will include top travel executives, travel agent owners, managers, sales staff, industry suppliers, hospitality professionals and students.  TPOC is dedicated to equipping African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American travel professionals with the tools they need to thrive in the industry through education and networking.

The conference will come to East Point on the heels of new attractions like the Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame, as well as a new streetcar linking the MLK Historic District to the downtown tourism hub of Centennial Olympic Park.  East Point's central location to this area and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it a smart and exciting location for this group.

A TPOC Conference is all you need to get your business off the ground or up and moving forward again!

THE FIRST INDUSTRY CONFERENCE OF ITS KIND THAT FOCUSES ON THE NEEDS AND EDUCATION OF TODAY'S TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR!!

 A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AWAITS YOU:  

  • Network with hundreds of Travel Professionals
  • Learn how to direct the Minority Travel $$ to the Minority Travel Agents
  • Learn how to market to all Minority communities including the African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American Travel Community
  • Learn how technology today affects the travel business
  • Meet and hear top Industry Speakers and Workshop Presenters
  • Meet industry vendors at the Trade Show
  • Enjoy exciting entertainment

 

For more information and to register, visit tpocassociation.com.

 

a 9milelogo3dshine copy191x196The Annual 9Mile Music Festival, which many consider to be South Florida’s favorite musical event, has just announced the first performers in its line-up. The Marley Boys, Stephen, Damian and Julian, will also be joined by Stephen’s son Joe Mersa Marley along with Soja and Jessie Royal, with more acts to be named soon.

The Festival celebrating One Love will be held on a special Love holiday, Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Valentine’s Day – at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 Coral Way in Miami. Tickets are $52.83 for General Admission and $178.74 for VIP and are on sale now at www.9milemusicfestival.com. Additionally four cans of food/person must be brought to the Festival on the day of show to gain admission.

The Annual 9 Mile Music Festival, now in its 22nd year, is an all day event honoring the life and philosophy of the legendary reggae star, Bob Marley and featuring top musical acts from around the world as well as popular local performers. People travel from around the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to attend this yearly event. Reaching across all divides and embracing an international community, the 9 Mile Music Festival draws the young at heart and encourages everyone to come together. The 9 Mile Music Festival began as a labor of love, pioneered by Cedella Marley Booker. It takes place every year in the warmth and sunshine of Miami, Florida.

Over the years the festival has had other names including “The Caribbean Music Festival.” It finally evolved into what is the “9 Mile Music Festival” today, named for the village of Nine Mile, the birthplace and final resting place of the legendary Bob Marley. It exemplifies the foundation and heart of our family. For this reggae music festival is more than just your average “concert”; it has a commitment to doing good and spreading love. The 9 Mile Music Festival is responsible for collecting over two (2) million canned goods over its 22-year span. In an effort to continuously give back to its community, four canned goods are required for entry along with a purchased admission. The canned goods that are collected are then distributed to shelters in Miami.

Tickets are $52.83 for General Admission and $178.74 for VIP and are on sale now at www.9milemusicfestival.com. Additionally four cans of food/person must be brought to the Festival on the day of show to gain admission. For more information call 877-440-8499 or go to: www.9milemusicfestival.com

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15 January – 30 June 2015

Staying Power is an important exhibition featuring photographs, drawn from the V&A’s collection, which begin to document the experiences of Black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century.

Inspired by Peter Fyrer’s seminal text Staying Power, The History of Black People in Britain, this exhibition focuses on a period of time when photography served as an archival tool to capture historical moments. From documentary to portraiture to staged allegorical photographs, Staying Power documents experiences from post-World War II through to the 1990s, covering topics from mass migration to hip hop fashions of south London.

We invite you to contemplate the narratives behind the iconic work of Dennis MorrisCharlie Philips’ visual record of city life and local heroes, and Neil Kenlock’sphotographic journalism. Discover the work of acclaimed photographer James Barnor who captured many greats during the ‘swinging sixties’, self-taught Colin Jonesand his infamous images of youth alienation, the powerful images of uprisings and protest captured by Pogus Caesar, and allegorical portraits by Ingrid Pollard. Through the lens of the photographers celebrate the moment of The Specials Fans by Syd Shelton and Gavin Watson’s insight into the ska youth sub-culture. Explore representations of beauty and aesthetics through the work of Armet FrancisJennie Baptiste, Al Vandenberg and Raphael Albert.

This exhibition asks questions about this rapidly changing cultural landscape, where identity and representation collides with music, politics, and fashion. The selected photographs are complimented by previously unheard oral history testimonies from the photographers and contributors.

Free admission

Share your thoughts @bcaheritage #inspiringpower

The Staying Power project

This new exhibition is the culmination of a seven-year collaborative project Staying Power between Black Cultural Archives and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Staying Power project aimed to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain in the V&A’s National Collection on the Art of Photography. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of Black people to British culture and society, as well as the art of photography.

Read more about the Staying Power project.

A concurrent Staying Power display will be on show at the V&A, from 16 February – 24 May 2015

Image photograph by Scarlett Crawford and Jemella Binns. Photograph detail included by: James Barnor, ‘Mike Eghan, Piccadilly Circus’, 1967. © James Barnor/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Neil Kenlock, ‘Untitled [Young lady points to ‘Keep Britain White’ graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]’, 1974. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Normski, ‘Cynthia M Prescod (Mum) at Home in Primrose Hill, London, 1986’. © Normski/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Charlie Phillips, ‘Vin in Chair’, 2002. © Charlie Phillips/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. All photographs are supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Social Media Week Lagos 2015 Will Debut A 24,000 sq ft Interactive Campus & Host Key Stakeholders and Digital Influencers From Around The World As They Explore The Impact of Social Media and Mobile Across Africa

lagosSocial Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 returns to Lagos, Nigeria for a third year February 23 – 27, 2015.  SMW Lagos was launched in 2013 with Lagos being the first African city to host the international conference.  To date over 15,000 people have participated in the now annual conference and more than 400,000 people have engaged with SMW Lagos content online.

 

#SMWLagos is part of the larger Social Media Week global conference, now in it’s 7th year and hosted in 21 cities around the world.  The global theme for the February 2015 edition of Social Media Week sponsored by Microsoft. is Upwardly Mobile: The Rise Of The Connected Class.

“The Connected Class is represented by those with access and connectivity. Today there are 3 billion of us. By 2022 there will be 6 billion. Through the exploration of the Upwardly Mobile theme we want to ask the fundamental question: how can all humans achieve more in a connected world?”  Toby Daniels, Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week.

Informed by the global theme, SMW Lagos will explore locally the theme “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of A Connected Africa.” Africa is the fastest growing mobile technology market and the largest mobile market after Asia. The SMW Lagos 2015 theme sets the stage for thought provoking and insightful discussions on the impact of mobile across Africa and what a connected continent of 1 Billion people means for the global economy and the world at large.

“As the western world begins to explore and move toward being a mobile-first society across Africa mobile has always been our first-screen.  From mobile payments to health screenings via mobile devices, there is much the world can learn from Africa.

 Our devices not only enable us to stay connected to each other and the world, but they also enable us to solve local problems.  As we rapidly move towards putting devices in the hands of every Africa, the outcomes will surely be tremendous” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, SMW Lagos.

SMW Lagos 2015 will be held at Landmark Center, a state of the art event space in Lagos, Nigeria. The Landmark Centre is located on the grounds of Landmark Village, a spectacular beachfront location extending over 9.4 acres in Victoria Island.  The capacity and capabilities of Landmark Centre will enable SMW Lagos to carry out its new “campus venue” model and host more than 25,000 people over the course of 5 days as well as enhance the conferences program offerings to include digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a pop up marketplace.  The conference explore a wide range of topics including business, entertainment, education, technology and politics.  SMW Lagos is free and open to the public.

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SMW Lagos invites Lagosians and the world to join the conversation and contribute to the week’s programming by hosting their own events, talks, panel sessions and workshops.  Individuals and organizations can get involved by submitting their idea here.  Event submissions open October 8, 2014.  Deadline for submissions is December 5, 2014.  

For more information on SMW Lagos and how to get involved, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For the latest news and updates visit SocialMediaWeek.org or follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook.

The SMW Lagos branding image of the Lagos skyline was provided by ‘a whitespace’ and photographed by Folarin Shasanya

About Dragon Africa

Established by Obi Asika and Dragon Associates founder Charlie Methven, Dragon Africa uses its wealth of knowledge and understanding of Africa and Europe, with extensive contacts in the media, government, and financial centres, to address challenges and maximise opportunities for African companies seeking a cutting edge advantage in London and other major financial centres

About Afrika21

AFRIKA21 was conceptualized as a media and production outfit that could take a multidisciplinary approach to promoting a new vision of Africa in the 21st Century. AFRIKA21 produces online content, multimedia events and public programming with the expressed purpose of reframing the conversation around Africa, creating awareness of the opportunities that exist on the continent and encouraging collaboration.

About Social Media Week

Social Media Week, powered globally by Microsoft, is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.

 

Source:

http://www.cp-africa.com/2014/10/21/smwlagos-africas-largest-tech-new-media-event-brings-thousands-lagos/

 

 

AKWAABA LOGOAkwaaba Immunity Caged Ebola, Showcased

Travel Exhibition Successfully

Despite the odds and the negative thoughts from some quarters to witness an unsuccessful travel trade exhibition popularly known as Akwaaba African Travel Market due to the prevailing situation on Ebola, the travel trade event surpassed all the wrong perspectives, hindrances and passed the test of the
day. 

Even though the impacts of the authorities concerned in Nigeria to champion the course of propagation that "Nigeria is Ebola Free" and certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) are not really felt, Akwaaba African Travel Market was still able to achieve its primary objectives of channeling tourism
advancement in Nigeria and across the Africa.

The only travel exhibition recognized by the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) did not only hold but rattled the critic with great amazement. The event was a great success as the exhibitors, stakeholders and visitors realised their main purpose of participating and attending the travel
exhibition.

The visitors were all dazed with pattern of the exhibition stands, planned in such a captivating design right from the entrance to the inner chamber of the exhibition hall. 

The visitors shortly after registration at the entrance are provided with "black arm band" as a mark of remembrance to the victims of Ebola with the provision of sanitizer to clean-up their hands as they sets for networking businesses within the exhibition arena. 

At the cutting of the tape to formally declare the 3-day event opened at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Special Guest of Honour, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyankenyi lauded the initiative of the organizer for his selfless service and contribution on domestic tourism promotion in the country."Looking back at Akwaaba in the last 10 years, it means the positive impacts on domestic tourism advancement in Nigeria cannot be quantified", Eyankeyi said.

She stated further, "It is rather encouraging that at this crucial time when Ebola is seen as a global threat, the organizer still broke the barriers for the exhibitors, stakeholders and travel trade personalities to come under oneumbrella of Akwaaba to network and be updated on the latest development in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry".After the tape cutting, the special guest of honour visited all the exhibition stands where all the officials were privileged to brief the Minister, stakeholders, visitors and the media crew about their products, services and mission at Akwaaba African Travel Market.

ak8fb5890735In his welcome address, the organizer of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr. Ikechi UKo said, "Akwaaba African Travel Market was established 10 years ago to brainstorm on ways to promote and improve the travel tourism sector in West African"."Akwaaba is a popular word in the West Africa which translates to welcome in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire. Over the last nine years, Akwaaba has become the most important travel marketing platform in the region drawing 7,000 to 10,000 visitors from over 20 countries", Uko hinted.The highlights of the first day was the unveiling of the award winners at the Africa Travel Awards and the presence of members of the 'Women in Aviation' who were on ground to honour the first female pilot in Africa, Captain Irene Mutungi of Kenya Airways.

Among the winners at the Africa Travel Awards are; Asky Airlines who won the 'Best Short Haul Airline in Africa' and 'Best Short Haul Airline in West-Africa'; Arik Airline -'The Best Airline in West-Africa'; South African Tourism-'Best Tourism Marketing Agency'; Bole Airport Addis Ababa -'MostPassenger Friendly Airport in East Africa'; Cape Town Airport- 'Most Passenger Friendly Airport in Southern Africa'.Others are Obudu Mountain Resort- 'Best Resort in West Africa'; La Campagne Beach Resort- 'Best Beach Resort in West-Africa'; Ethiopian Airlines-'Best African Airline to West Africa'and 'African Airline of the Year'; Carnival Calabar bags the 'Best Event in West Africa' while Danny Kioupouroglou is the 'Hotel Manager of the Year-West Africa' award winner.

The second day of the event centred on networking among the exhibitors, stakeholders and the visitors as a way to tap from the ever expanding travel trade industry. Attesting the networking prospects at Akwaaba on the second day, the Managing Director, Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, Dr. Wasiu Babalola confirmed that despite the fact that Swiss Hotels is exhibiting for the first time, thehotel has been able to seal an impressive deal within its 24 hours presence at Akwaaba.

South Africa's tourism credentials as a leisure destination were put on full display at this year's Akwaaba travel and trade show. During the three day show, the South African Tourism team pulled out all stops to actively promoteSouth Africa's unique value proposition as a leisure destination to the West African traveller and trade.
South African Tourism used its time at AKWAABA to meet with the trade, present to them the destination's value proposition and, most significantly, cement deals which will see South Africa's destination offering bolstered in the consumer space.

In the same vein, the Head of Sales, RwandAir, Mrs. Ozavize Ogunmefun disclosed that RwandAir was at the event in recognition of Akwaaba as a networking and selling point in West Africa to showcase Rwanda tourism potentials to visitors and the high significance of flying RwandAir to choice destinations like Dubai, Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Libreville, among others."Rwanda presents excellent tourism assets ranging from the natural attractions such as the world famous mountain gorilla in the Volcanoes national Park, 13 species of primates in Nyungwe National Park, about 700 species of birds, flora including the orchids, to the unique culture and heritage that make it a desirable destination for all tourists", Mrs. Ogunmefun said.

The "Hospitality Day" on the last day of the exhibition commenced with the educative presentations where eminent hospitality experts, professionals and stakeholders presented papers on various hospitality related topics.The event reached climax during the 'Wine Tasting' where all the exhibitors, stakeholders and visitors present have a taste of various wine exhibited.

In his own view, the President, National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) and Chairman, REMLORDS Tours & Car Hire Services, Nkereuwem Onung reiterate the fact that Akwaaba has gone a long way in placing Nigeria on global tourism map and as an event really promoting domestic tourism advancement in Nigeria.
"We are at Akwaaba to showcase our various services as it evolves round tours and car hire services. Also, to enlighten business travellers and tourists that they can get their required Dubai Visa from us with a complimentary one night hotel accommodation", Onung hinted.

The Regional Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board, Fatma Bashir said, "Nigeria in one of Kenya targeted markets to woo tourists to Nairobi, the only capital city in the world with a national park within its boundaries, making it a prime destination as well"."With all the souvenirs and '48 in Nairobi', our short guide to the magical city for the active traveller freely distributed at this event, it is my candid believe that Nigerians will further appreciate the tourism potentials in Kenya and visit to feel the power of "Magical Kenya", Bashir said.

Prominent among the exhibitors who showcased at this year Akwaaba are RwandAir; Kenya Tourism Board; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority; De Edge Hotel Port Harcourt; South African Tourism; Swiss International Hotels & Resorts; REMLORDS Tours & Car Hire Services; Ethiopian Airlines; Samsung; Eko Signatures Hotel; PROTEA Hotels; Virgin Atlantic Airways; La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort; ASKY Airline; Africa Travel Association (ATA); ARIK Airlines; National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP).

Original source: http://www.travelscopeng.com/features_detail.php?pro_id=176

black woman britBlack Cultural Archives in London recently kicked off its autumn programme with Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain exhibiting until 30 November. This intimate exhibition takes you on journey and unlocks the archive vaults to reveal the rich and diverse contributions of remarkable Black women. The historical and often personal accounts are brought together for the first time in this collection of photographs, portraits and oral history testomonies. Admission is free.  

Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain

Long before the Empire Windrush arrived on British shores in 1948 there were women of African descent in Britain. Black women were here to witness the construction of Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain and everyday life over the centuries, in the markets and music halls, homes and factories.

Re-imagine gives us a glimpse of some of these women, the traces of their lives lying in vaults of archives, libraries and museums across the United Kingdom and brought together for the first time.

Side by side. Face to face. Courageous women who, throughout generations have been brave. We invite you to ‘re-imagine’ their lives, to create a tapestry of stories that paint a picture of the many and eclectic roles of Black women over time.

Explore the vivid life stories of some of these women in our in-depth lunch talks with academics and leading women in their field, delve into the collection with Treasures of the Archives and World Audio-Visual Heritage Community Day. Also, don't miss our special events marking 35th Anniversary of OWAAD and the first annual Len Garrison Memorial Lecture.

Source: Black Cultural Archives