OLU KOSOKO: Badagry next Dubai of Africa by 2030

The Aremo of Iworo Kingdom, Badagry, Lagos, Prince Olu Kosoko, pitches for Badagry as the next Dubai of Africa by 2030 given its great historic monuments, rich African heritage and authentic natural environment among others. His position is drawn on the premises that Badagry and Dubai share similar foundational attributes, which can strategically position Badagry as the new hub for African tourism. Both have aquatic endowments for water sports, leisure and commercial activities. Also, they both have distinctive rich cultural heritage as Dubai is known for its Islamic ethics and…

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Mohammed, Kabir draw attention to NIHOTOUR

The important role being played by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in developing manpower to take advantage of the robust global tourism market by harnessing Nigeria’s vibrant tourism and rich cultural endowments for the economic benefits of the country, has been emphasised. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Acting Direct General of NIHOTOUR, Dr. Momoh Muhammed Kabir, made the call at the Second Combined Graduation and Convocation Ceremony of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in Abuja. He over noted…

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New Year recipes for your delight

Beef Suya   My Nigerian brother-inlaw introduced me to beef suya, a very spicy street food that’s popular in western Africa. I was intrigued when I found out the spice rub is made from ground peanuts and a blend of different seasonings. After lots of experimenting, I came up with my own version.   Elena Iorga, Helena, Montana Ingredients: • One cup salted peanuts • One tablespoon paprika • Two teaspoons onion powder • Two teaspoons ground ginger • One teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • One teaspoon garlic powder…

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Wine tourism conference to focus on rural transformation, job creation

The 4th Global Conference on Wine Tourism, hosted by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Government of Chile, held at Valle de Colchagua, has concluded with a call to use the sector’s unique ability to rejuvenate and support rural communities. World’s Biggest Conference on Wine Tourism Celebrates: Rural Transformation and Jobs Colchagua Valley, which is home to some of Chile’s most prominent wine producers, welcomed more than 400 participants from destinations including Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and USA. The event further strengthened ties between UNWTO and…

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Badagry Heritage Festival is platform to foster unity

For three days, Badagry was agog with cultural feast as the people turned out in their numbers and different colours to celebrate their cultural heritage. The occasion was the Badagry Heritage Festival, which was held at the Marina. Both the young and old from the different quarters of the town, including visitors were in attendance at the festival, savouring the rich cultural delicacies that were served in enthralling manner by the various troupes that were on parade. The chief host of the festival was the Chairman of Badagry Local Government…

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BON Hotels seeks expansion across Nigeria

The hospitality landscape in Nigeria has over the years witnessed an upswing with hotels across the different levels opening shops in different part of the country and this expansion is expected to continue in the coming years. One of the hotel brands with ambitious pipeline development is BON Hotels Group, with plans to open over 22 hotels in different parts of the country in the coming years. The cities penciled down according to the hotel sources include: Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, Kano, Yola, Kebbi, Ekiti, Ibadan, warri, Enugu, Asaba,…

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Positive results for Africa hotels, mixed performance for Middle East

Hotels in Africa recorded positive performance for the month of October while hotels in Middle East witnessed a mixed result, across the three key performance metrics; this is according to the latest report from STR. STR’s sample comprises 67,000 hotels and 9.0 million hotel rooms around the globe. Some of the keynotes of the report showed that Lagos registered record occupancy and Revenue per available room (RevPAR) levels in Africa while in the Middle East, strong demand for Jeddah hotels helped by new airport terminal boosted performance by hotels in…

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Advito unveils ‘sustainable collaboration’ to manage travel programmes

Leading travel consultancy, Advito, has announced the launch of a new offering called Sustainable Collaboration. Through this set of sustainability-focused services, Advito and parent company, BCD Travel, will work with clients to reduce travel demand and mitigate the environmental impact of business travel. Sustainable Collaboration services help corporations achieve the following: Set up effective carbon-offset programmes; Reduce demand of lower-value travel through sustainable forms of collaboration; Use sophisticated methods to measure travel’s environmental impact; Engage travellers to make more sustainable choices; Factor sustainability considerations into travel supplier selection; and Meet…

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HOSPITALITY: Explore exciting Christmas treats

Southern Sun Ikoyi The Ikoyi – based hotel is offering discount on its rooms, with buffet breakfast for two and two shirts for complimentary ironing upon arrival beginning from Dec 20 and spanning January 12, 2020.   Also is a bouquet of culinary treats throughout the season, with traditional Christmas brunch and New Year brunch topping the offers. All of these are in addition to the regular offers of the hotel, which have been blended in line with the spirit of the season and the hotel’s culture of excellent service.…

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Eko Hotels and Suites: Tropical Christmas Wonderland offerings

Eko Hotels and Suites’ Tropical Christmas Wonderland is a premier Christmas event created by the management of the hotel to raise the stakes in the Nigeria hospitality industry.   The month long event with rich and unique line up of events, is designed for families and individuals to relive classic Christmas memories and create new magical ones infused with the one-of-a -kind hospitality that only Eko Hotel offers.   “In the last four years, we organised smaller scale Christmas holidays, but this year, for the first time, your family will…

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