The 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market opened on Sunday, September 9th in a colourful ceremony held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos state.
Akwaaba which pride as the biggest travel and tourism fair in West Africa had in attendance top dignitaries in government from Nigeria and other West African countries, Chairmen of tourism boards, CEO’s of major airlines in Africa, Industry stakeholders, exhibitors and the media.
Declaring the event open, the director general of the National Council of Art and Culture and president of World Craft Council, African Region, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe applauded the organisers for sustaining the expo so far to its 14th edition while giving good assurances for all the guests and participants, of a nice time at this year’s Akwaaba.
Also, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa who stormed the venue with the scintillating Carnival Calabar revelers commended Mr. Ikechi Uko and the entire team for a good job well done.
This year’s Akwaaba parades big names exhibiting like Southern Sun, Ethiopian Airlines, Ziziglow Travels & Tours, Palm Tours, WAHEGURU Travels, Air Namibia, Ghana Tourism Authority, FAAN, National Council for Arts and Culture, Africa World Airlines, Trips n Stay, AOG collections, Wontra, the entire tourism body from Dubai, South Africa and lots more.
The opening ceremony of the expo was followed shortly by the Jollof rice contest among Nigeria, Ghana and The Gambia.
At the contest, the best of the chefs from the three countries slugged it out to determine which country cooks the best Jollof rice.
The result of the contest will be announced on the last day of the Expo.
Participants were thrilled by performances of the Lagos State Cultural Troupe and Carnival Calabar revelers.
The event attracted a record breaking crowd drawn from the travel and tourism industry in West Africa, Africa and beyond.
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