The organisers of AKWAABA African Travel Market have released the list of the African Travel 100 Women Awards as part of the Women in Tourism Program.

Leader of the Carnival Calabar Sea Gull Band, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa and Director of Administration at the Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mrs. Eme-Affiah have been named among the top 100 African Women in Tourism to receive this prestigious award.

Nominations for the award officially opened on the 12th of July for the world to nominate best female promoters of travel and tourism in Africa, the pioneers, the leaders and the stars. The nominations ended on The 22nd of July.

The women in tourism recognition will take place at the 13th AKWAABA African Travel Market at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos on the 11th of September 2017.

The travel 100 list include:

LEADERS
1. HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2. Catherine Afeku, Hon. Minster, Tourism Ghana
3. Arlette Soudan Nonault, Minister of Tourism, Congo Brazaville
4. Tokozile Xasa South Africa Tourism Minister
5. Belise Kariza Chief Tourism Officer, RDB
6. Anastancia Ndlovu, Deputy Minister of Tourism Zimbabwe
7. Devota Mdachi, CEO Tanzania Tourism
8. Betty Radier CEO Kenya Tourism Board
9. Jacinta Mbithi, Marketing Director, KTB
10. Elcia Grandcourt Regional Director of UNWTO for Africa
11. Desta Meghoo, AU Diaspora Office
12. Eiman Kheir, CIDO AU Addis Ababa
13. Jackie Capeheart, Asst. Minister of Tourism Liberia
14. Fatou Mas Jobe, Former Minister of Tourism Gambia
15. Sherin Francis CEO Seychelles Tourism Board
16. Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Female Band Leader Carnival Calabar
17. Nike Davies Okundaye, Nike Art Gallery Nigeria
18. Fatima Garbati, NATOP Nigeria
19. Magaret Fabiyi, WEBISCO Tourism

TOURISM
20. Julie Dabaly Scot, Tour Operator Kenya
21. Monique Swart Founder ABTA,South Africa
22. Carmen Nibigira, Travel Expert East Africa
23. Akporiaye Susan, NANTA VP Nigeria
24. Ngozi Ngoka, CEO, Zigona Travel and Tours Ltd , Zonal VP South East FTAN Nigeria
25. Fifi Rurangwa, Wakanow East Africa
26. Rita Ikechi-Uko, Co founder Akwaaba African Travel Market
27. Shadrene Howard, Founder, Liberia National Tourism Association
28. Stella Obinwa,Regional Director Africa for Dubai Tourism
29. Lisa Sebogodi, Batsumi Travels South Africa
30. Judy Kepher Gona Sustainable Tourism Kenya
31. Mai Bright Urey, Acting Head, Liberia National Tourism Association (LINTA)
32. Waturi Wa Matu African Legend of Tourism
33. Bunny Bhoola, Africa Link, SATSA South Africa
34. Stella Appeteng Apstar Travel Agency
35. Glory Brisbane, Stellar Tours Ghana
36. Zainab Ansell, Zara Tanzania adventures
37. Chiquita Afuluenu Johnson, Tour Consultant Liberia
38. Zodwa Mkandla, MD, Traverse,Zimbabwe
TRAVEL TRADE MEDIA
39. Mukhthelwa Kachie Nzama, Travel Blogger www.travelwithkatchie. com
40. Farzana Dhanji ARYAN Tours and Blogger
41. Nneka Isaac – Moses, Goge Africa

TRAVEL TRADE TOURS
42. Angela Andrews Njie, West African Tours Gambia
43. Chiamaka Obuekwe , CEO, Social Prefect Tours. Youth Tour Operator
44. Sonto Mbanambi, Syavava Tours, South Africa

TRAVEL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
45. Praise Mazhandu, Head Domestic & Africa Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
46. Juanita M. Yiah, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism Liberia
47. Evelyn Mahlaba,Head Africa for SAT
48. Emem Affia, Carnival Calabar Director
49. Ida Jeng Njie Gambia Tourism Authority
50. Sophia Zirebwa, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
51. Fatima Bashir Regional .Marketing ManagerKenya Tourism Board
52. Esmare Steinhotel, Regional Director, ICCA
53. Gifty Kwansa, Ghana Tourism Authority
54. Lindiwe Rakherebe, CEO Albert Luthuli, Convention Center Durban South Africa
55. Bontle Madiba SAT
56. Mputle Dikoba, Gauteng Tourism South Africa
57. Lumka Dlomo, Jo’burg Tourism South Africa
58. Safia Ali Uganda Tourism Board

TRAVEL TRADE CONSERVATION
59. Lilly Ajarova, Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary , Uganda

AVIATION
60. Duduzile Cynthia Myeni, Chairman South African Airways
61. Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Kenya Airways 1st B787 Female captain in Africa
62. Sally Osure Head IATA East Africa
63. IATA Africa, Funke Adeyemi, Nigerian
64. Iyabo Sosina secretary AFCAC Nigerian
65. Mrs Ify Megwa CPU Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency
66. Chinyere Kalu, First Female Pilot in Nigeria
67. Siza Mzimela, Founder, Fly Blue Crane, Ex. SAA/SA Express CEO. First Female Airline CEO
68. Hon. Cecilia Dapaah, Minister For Aviation, Ghana .
69. Rahel Assefa VP Ethiopian Airlines
70. Hanna Atnafu, Manager, Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines
71. Victoria Takyi, Marketing,Africa World Airlines Ghana

TOURS
72. Babra Adrosso,Uganda Tourism Association
73. Charity Githinji, Tour Operator, Tandaza Tanzania
74. Farma Njie, Discovery Tours, Gambia
75. Uloma Egbuna, MD/CEO, Tour Brokers International, Lagos, Nigeria
76. Olanma Ojukwu, MD, GOTA Voyage, Benin Republic
77. Nancy Sam Quartey, MD/CEO, Staple Travel and Tours, Accra, Ghana
78. Annie Uwase Anuarite First Female driver guide Rwanda

HOSPITALITY
79. Rosemary Mugambi,Director Marketing Serena Hotels.Kenya
80. Denise Benzinge-Omany Serena Hotels Rwanda
81. Vickie Muyanga, Radisson Blu Kenya
82. Anne Murungi, Kempinski Hotel Kenya
83. Abby Sarr, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, Gambia
84. Elaine Okeke – Martin Spa & Wellness Association of Africa(SWAA)
85. Jennifer Beattle , Director Sun International
86. Florence Njau, GM Utali College Kenya
87. Mrs. Jean Byamugisha, CEO, Uganda Hotels Association
88. Simane Kuhn, Carlson Redizor Africa
89. Ida Cham , Yabouy Gambia
90. Jeanette Moloto, Director of Sales, Marriott International Africa
91. Mrs. Awa Gueye Sow, CEO, Tashman Lodge, Senegal
92. Victoria Obiakor, Director Sales Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel Ghana
93. Ubongabasi Nseobot, Sales & Marketing Manager, Southern Sun, Ikoyi, Nigeria
94. Violet Rukande,Zimbabwe Hospitality Association
95. Sharon Stead, CEO, Camp Amanlihala Zimbabwe
96. Madam Christine Tossou , Hotelier Benin
97. Bertha Degraft Johnson, Golden Tulip Hotel, Ghana.
98. Thabani Ndlovu Hilton Hotel

Others include:

Pastor Mrs. Omolaja Lawal, CEO God’s Power Travels Limited Lagos

Mrs. Marigold Mingles of Ridge Royal Hotel

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