The 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market (AfTM) will be hosting the maiden edition of Youth in Tourism Conference 2017.

This Conference seeks to address the challenges Young people in travel business face in promoting Domestic Tourism in Nigeria and also bring the youth in tourism together as it seeks to mainstream them into the organized travel and tourism business.

At the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators NATOP AGM Conference 2017, during the youth in tourism session, challenges of promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria were raised by youths, such as Government policies, Insecurity, Harassments by host communities and poor state of Nigeria tourism destinations. The 13th AKWAABA Youth in Tourism Conference 2017 seek to address these challenges effecting domestic tourism promotion.

“In recent times, an emerging phenomenon has seen Nigerian Youths take advantage of social media and have become important drivers of domestic travels and Tourism. Akwaaba African Travel Market is creating this forum to help them expand their horizon”, says Ms. Dein Gbabo Business Development Manager, AKWAABA African Travel Market.

The Youth in Tourism Conference with the topic, “Promoting Domestic Tourism in Nigeria, the challenges” will bring youth across the country together for a panel discussion where challenges of Promoting Domestic tourism will be discuss with Expected speakers and Discussants from federal Tourism agencies and Ministries. The event will hold on the 3rd day of Akwaaba, being September 12th at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos. This is an opportunity for all youth seeking for knowledge in area of Tourism, Travel, Aviation, and Hospitality Sector to satisfy their need.

AKWAABA: African Travel Market is the marketing platform to reach more of Nigeria, West Africa, and Africa as it offers you an opportunity to meet face – to – face with Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, State Tourism Boards, Foreign Trade and Tourism Sectors from over 20 countries of the world and a huge turnout of attendees.
13th AKWAABA will feature the maiden edition of AKWAABA Chef Challenge and food fair 2017.

The culinary event is aimed at promoting tourism in Nigeria by showcasing the best of Nigeria to an international audience. The tourism event will be hosting chefs from Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria to compete for Jollof rice challenge, 36 states in Nigeria compete for the best main meal and a group of Nigerian chefs compete for the best prepared rice in varieties. These activities were created purposely to bring out the best in West Africa in terms of rice production and promoting the outlook of culinary tourism and local delicacies to foreigners thereby promoting indigenous hospitality and style.

The 2nd Africa Travel and Tourism Conference will also hold on the 2nd day of 13th Akwaaba, speakers and Panellist during the Travel and Tourism Conference will be addressing topics and dealing with issues such as “One year of Accident free commercial aviation. What did Africa do right?” African Airlines & profitability, the real issues, Airport perspective, Regulations perspective, Airlines’ perspective, Logistics perspective and women in Tourism.

The Women in Tourism conference 2017, themed: Women in Tourism; Challenges and the Future will allow leading women in tourism to discuss on the various challenges facing women in tourism and moves towards the curbing these challenges for now and the future.

A vibrant must attend 3-day business to business event presenting a diverse range of destinations to Africa and international travel professionals, it is a unique opportunity for African travel trade market to meet, negotiate, network and conduct businesses with players from elsewhere.


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