Final winners for the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators have been announced by the organizers of the award. The Africa Top 100 Tour Operators awards saw winners emerged from 18 African countries for the awards which would hold at the 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos from 9th to 11th September, 2018. The winners now make the list to a total of 100.

Speaking about the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators, the Founding member of the #TeamAfrica, Mr. Ikechi Uko, who is also the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market expressed his excitement about the awards as he also shed light on the award for the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators. In his words, “Last year we celebrated the awards of the Africa Travel 100 Women at the 13th Akwaaba Travel Market.

“During that event, top of the Class, great and industrious women who have established themselves in and are still driving the growth of travel business from across Africa gathered in Lagos for that memorable Africa Travel 100 Women awards. The resounding reception, feedback and transformation that event set forth in Africa coupled with the massive acceptance we received from every country in Africa and beyond was great. Today many Countries have set up Women in Tourism organisations and we are proud to have helped set it off.

“Our vision is to stimulate Intra Africa Tourism. We need to get at least 10% of Africans to travel within Africa. This can only work with the support of Tour Operators. We are going a step further this year to recognize and celebrate the core professional outbound Tour Operators who are at the fore of attracting and moving Africans outside their own countries to explore the abundance of the beauties of our Africa. Africa remains a great goldmine whose tourism potentials remain unmatched and untapped.

The Africa Top 100 Tour Operators award is put together by ATQ News, a foremost online travel news portal in Africa in partnership with Akwaaba African Travel Market.

According to the organizers, the winners were listed in the order of country by country and do not reflect any hierarchy.

1. Makgale Tours South Africa
2. Mount Zion Tours South Africa
3. Thompsons Tours South Africa
4. Tribe Communications – South Africa
5. Earthbound Travel & Incentives – South Africa
6. Sundown Incentives – South Africa
7. Siyapula Tours – South Africa
8. African Eagle – South Africa
9. African Safari Guru – South Africa
10. Kenadora – South Africa
11. Mel Prods South Africa
12. Great Lakes Safaris Uganda
13. Churchill Safaris Uganda
14. Around Africa Uganda
15. Let’s Go Travel Uganda
16. Prime Safaris Uganda
17. MICE Uganda
18. Platinum travels and Tours – Uganda
19. Gorilla Tours – Uganda
20. Go Places Africa DMC – Kenya
21. Destination Connect – Kenya
22. Big Foot – Kenya
23. Convette Group – Kenya
24. Go Africa Travels – Kenya
25. Silverbird Tours – Kenya
26. UNIGLOBE Let’s Go Travels- Kenya
27. Travel Choice – Egypt
28. Premier Travel – Zimbabwe
29. Malachite Travel and Tours – Zimbabwe
30. Falcon Tours – Zimbabwe
31. Skylinks Travel – Malawi
32. African Adventure Tours – Gambia
33. Gambia Tours – Gambia
34. AIKAMBA Tours – Gambia
35. Discovery Tours – Gambia
36. SDV Voyages Brazzaville – Congo
37. Kadd Investimento LDA – Angola
38. Wildlife Tours – Rwanda
39. Primate Safaris – Rwanda
40. Thousand Hills – Rwanda
41. Songa Africa – Rwanda
42. Terra Icognito – Rwanda
43. Gorilla Expeditions – Rwanda
44. Tour Brokers International – Nigeria
45. Diamonds & Pearls – Nigeria
46. Goge Africa – Nigeria
47. Wakanow – Nigeria
48. Peacock Travel & Tours – Nigeria
49. WONTRA – Nigeria
50. Foshizi Tours – Nigeria
51. Amazing African Escape – Nigeria
52. Aviator Tours – Nigeria
53. Abay Tours – Nigeria
54. Once Upon a Destination – Nigeria
55. Dial Travel – Nigeria
56. FlyBoku – Nigeria
57. FIDOL Trip – Nigeria
58. CMD Tours – Nigeria
59. Dees Travels – Nigeria
60. Hadur Travels – Nigeria
61. Topaz Travels – Nigeria
62. Travel Culture – Nigeria
63. Remlords – Nigeria
64. Nje tours – Nigeria
65. Special tours – Nigeria
66. Finchglow Travel and Tours – Nigeria
67. Bboog Travel and Tours (President NATOP) – Nigeria
68. Social Prefects – Nigeria
69. Staple Tours – Ghana
70. Kaya Tours – Ghana
71. Pacific Tours (President TOUGHA) – Ghana
72. Stellar Tours – Ghana
73. Dodi Tours – Ghana
74. Apstar Tours Ltd. Accra, Ghana
75. Sunseekers Tours – Ghana
76. Doscar travels – Ghana
77. Land Tours – Ghana
78. M & J Tour – Ghana
79. Japo Tours – Ghana
80. Afrique Voyages – Cote D’Ivoire
81. Ivoire Voyages Tourisme – Cote D’Ivoire
82. Cristal tour – Benin
83. African Eagle West Africa – Senegal
84. Emeraude Tour Benin – Benin
85. AAT Benin – Benin
86. GOTA Voyage – Benin
87. Waheguru Travels – Benin
88. God’s Own Travel Agency Lome –Togo
89. ATM Voyage – Togo
90. Alba Travels – Togo
91. Hope Travels – Togo
93. Zara Tours – Tanzania
94. Palm Tours – Tanzania
95. Afrobush Tours and Safaris – Tanzania
96. Leopard Tour And Safaris – Tanzania
97. Sunny Safaris – Tanzania
98. Kearsley Safaris – Tanzania
99. Kibo Guides – Tanzania
100. Easy Escape – Botswana

According to the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, “Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region where Travel and Tourism competitiveness is the least developed. Although regional performance has increased, it has improved less compared to other parts of the world. Southern Africa remains the strongest sub-region, followed by Eastern Africa and then Western Africa. Yet, on average, Eastern Africa is the most improved region, while Southern Africa has experienced a slight decline. And that considering the size and the rich cultural and natural resources, the 63 million tourists visiting the continent in 2017 remain low”.

It is against this background that the Africa Top 100 Tour Operators were chosen. Only Destination Marketing Companies (DMCs) that market mainly Regional Destinations were selected.

Africa is a continent of Over 1 billion people but receives only 6% of the global tourist Arrivals. As the middle class and number of Travellers increase there is a need to organize the Tourism and Travel landscape by growing scale. Some organizations have grown Continent wide Operations but most Operators are still small and limited to their countries. There is a need to organize the Tour Operators on a larger scale across countries

To this end Akwaaba African Travel market is pulling together all major outbound Tour Operators in Africa to a Summit in Lagos on the 10th of September. This Summit will enable players from Different countries to build partnership and explore new opportunities to grow.

The 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market will also host Africa Tour Operators Conference. During the session, the theme, “The Role of DMCs and DMOs in Sustainable Destination Marketing in Africa will be discussed with sub – topics:
1. What are the Challenges? 2. Should it be Competition or Corporation? 3. What are the Effective Models? 4. Who is Responsible?

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