TRAVELLERS Magazine, one of the prominent voices in the travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation industry in Nigeria and Africa has nominated 7 Cross riverians for the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria, They include: Carnival Calabar Chairman, Gabe Onah, Commissioner for culture and tourism, Eric Anderson, Carnival Calabar Band Leader, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa, Special Adviser to Governor on Events/Chairman Calabar Festival, Kenn Aklah, Permanenent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Grace Gekpe, Chairman Remlords Travels and Tours, Nkereuwem Onung and Director of Administration, Carnival Commission, Eme-Affiah

The list which honoured industry players who have not only made a mark through their contributions to  practical promotion and development of tourism in Nigeria but also through agenda setting, awareness and product development and packaging to sell Nigeria to the  world were segmented into eight categories.

The all inclusive nomination drew stakeholders from elders in the industry, government and allied individuals, Africa Travel 100 women, associations, hospitality, Travel Agents/ OTA/ Tour Operators, African travel 100 tour operators and the media.

According to a release by the organiser of Travellers Magazine, Mr Ikechi Uko “In 1999, the Travellers Magazine published its first compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club and the compilation served the industry well as it provided a database of “Who is who” in tourism business in Nigeria.

Travellers Magazine was the first Travel Magazine in West Africa published since 1996 and 20 years after an update is needed and we came up with the list of Top 100 Tourism personalities who have made tourism in Nigeria what it is.

The list which was carefully compiled and screened by selected professionals has categories for the tourism elders, pioneers, association heads, young tourism promoters and Nigerian Winners of Africa Travel 100 Women Award and tour operators award.

Elders
1. Chief Mike Amachree – Father of Tourism
2. Mr Femi Adefope
3. Mrs. Fatima Garbati – Former NATOP President.

Government / Allied
4. Alhaji Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information and Culture+
5. Grace Gekpe – Perm. Sec. Fed. Min. of Information and Culture
6. Otunba Olusegun Runsewe – DG, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC)
7. Folorunsho Folarin Coker – DG, NTDC
8. Steve Ayorinde – Hon. Commissioner of Tourism Lagos
9. Sally Mbanefo – Hon. Commissioner of Tourism – Anambra
10. Mr. Eric Anderson – Hon. Commissioner of Tourism CRS
11. Mr. Gabe Onah – Chairman Carnival Calabar
12. Mrs. Tamwakat Weli -. Hon. Commissioner of Tourism Plateau
13. Hon. Ahmad Rabiu – Hon. Comm. Of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives & Tourism Kano State
14. Mrs Tonye-Briggs – Rivers State Commissioner
15. Turaki Nura kangiwa – SA Tourism Kebbi
16. John-Likita Best- SA Tourism Plateau
17. Mr Hloni Pitso – South African Tourism
18. Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa – South African Tourism
19. Ken Aklah – SA Events Cross River State
20. Chief Ayo Olumoko – Osun Osogbo
21. Ebele Enemchukwu- Fmr Mrs Tourism United Nation

Africa Travel 100 Women 
22. Ubongabasi Nseobot – Southern Sun Hotel
23. Stella Fubara – Head Africa DTCM
24. Rita Ikechi-Uko, Co-founder Akwaaba African Travel Market
25. Senator Florence Ita Giwa – Female Band Leader Carnival Calabar
26. Akporiaye Susan, Managing Director Topaz Travels & Tours Ltd/1st National Deputy President NANTA
27. Margaret Fabiyi – WEBISCO Tourism
28. Nike Okundaye – Nike Art Gallery
29. Mrs. Uloma Egbuna – Tour Brokers Int’l
30. Eme Affia – Director Carnival Calabar
31. Ngozi Ngoka, Zonal VP South East, FTAN Nigeria

Association 
32. Rabo Saleh – FTAN President
33. Hajia Bilkisu Abdul – NATOP President
34. Bankole Bernard- NANTA President
35. Sam Alabi – BOT FTAN
36. Nkereuwem Onung – BOT NATOP
37. Kabiru Malan President ATPN
38. Andy Ehanire – Zoos & Wildlife Curators of Nigeria
39. Aliyu Badaki – HATMAN President
40. Dr. Odusanwo – ITP President
41. Chief Dr. Chike Ezeudeh – HOFA President
42. Kayode Adeshola – Abuja NANTA
43. Lola Adewole – NANTA Lagos
44. Tarzan Balogun – NATBOWAT
45. Alhaji Aminu Agoha – FTAN
46. Vincent Ugbor – President HOPSEA
47. Mr. Tokunbo Dagunduro NANTA VP, Western Zone
48. Alhaji Aliyu – NANTA North

Hospitality
49. Mr. Bela Decker – Kajuru Castle Proprietor
50. Wanle Akinboboye – La Campagne Tropicana
51. Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, MD Transcorp Hilton
52. Barry Curran – Head Marriott Hotel
53. Danny Kiopouroglou – GM Eko Hotel
54. Mark Loxley – GM Southern Sun Hotel
55. Amechi Ndili – Golden Tulip Hotel
56. Bob Bamgboye – Current Link Systems Ltd
57. Wasiu Babalola – former MD Swiss Spirit Hotels
58. Nnaemeka Agbasi – NAC Hospitality
59. Paulinus Okon – President Chef Association
60. Chief Anthony Prest – Prest Boat

Travel Agents/ OTA/ Tour Operators 
61. Mrs. Mojisola Shobayo – Wesabitravel
62. Philip Aakesson – Travelstart
63. Omolara Adagunodo – Jumia Travels
64. Alhaji Aminu Musa – Amami Global Links ltd, Kano
65. Chichi Umeasiegbu – Global links travel
66. Ahmed Ojuolape – Empire Travel
67. Mrs Foluke Abodunrin – Folabod
68. Sam Adeleke – Afro Tourism

Africa Travel 100 Tour Operators
69. Obinna Ekezie – Wakanow – Nigeria
70. Chiamaka Obuekwe, Social Prefect Tours.
71 David & Wonuola Lamidi – Diamonds & Pearls
72. Isaac & Nneka Moses – Goge Africa
73. Funmi Faloye – WONTRA – Nigeria
74. Ife olarenwaju – Foshizi Tours
75. Tinuke Nwakohu – Aviator Travel and Tours
76. Mr. Adebayo Ajayi – Abay Tours
77. Biola Lawal – FlyBoku
78. Ifedayo Andrew-Ogunbayo – FIDOL Trip
79. Cecilia Doumbe – CMD Tours
80. Tina Nwanya – Nje Tours
81. Erelu Funmi Rotiba – Special Tours
82. Daisi Olotu – Dees Travels
83. Olufunke Adeola Taiwo – Hadur Travels
84. Ediyanga Uko – Travelkulture
85. Steve Isokariari – Dial travel

Media 
86. Oluseyi Adeyemo – Inside Watch Africa
87. Omololu Olumuyiwa – Travelscope Magazine
88. Demola Ojo – Thisday
89. Wale Olapade – Nigerian Tribune
90. Chuks Nwanne – The Guardian
91. Obinna Emelike – Businessday
92. Lucky George – Africa Travel Times
93. Frank Meke – Media Consultant
94. Okorie Uguru – The Nation
95. Emeka Anokwuru – The Sun
96. Wale Ojo Lanre – Nigerian Tribune
97. Dr Raphael James- CRIMMD Media
98. Franklin Ihejirika – Nigerian Franknews
99. Dayo Adedayo – Tour Nigeria
100. Pelu Awofeso – Travel Next Doo

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