Calabar’s leading online digital publication, CalabarBlog.Com has been named as official media partners for the 13th Akwaaba travel market scheduled for the 10th-12th September at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.

According to a letter signed by the organizer, Mr. Ikechi Uko, he said, “We have been following your blog for awhile, you have been consistent with destination marketing of Calabar and we are excited to partner with you alongside other leading media platforms”.

Giving his take of the partnership, the delighted Calabar Blog CEO, Mr. Hope Obeten said “We are extremely proud and excited to be a part of this prestigious travel and tourism event. This is a great opportunity for us to network and mingle with professionals and other industry peers in the business.

AKWAABA, African Travel Market is the marketing platform that offers 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 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.

Also 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, 11th September, speakers and panelist 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 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.