Chairman, Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr.Gabe Onah, alongside Chairman, Remlords Tours & Car Hire Services, Mr. Nkereuwem Onung have been recognized as the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in West Africa by the Organisers of Accra Weizo, an ECOWAS region travel expo.

The ceremony which held on Friday, May 26th 2017 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, was graced by his royal highness, Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, Honourable Mike A. Gizo, Chief of Agomeda, and President of Shai Traditional; members of the diplomatic Corps in Ghana and which included high commissioners and ambassadors, among whom are Lulu Xingwana, High Commissioner, South African High Commission in Accra – Ghana; Mr. Thomas Okyere, the Honorary Consul, Botswana Honorary Consulate in Accra – Ghana; Ambassador Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, Zimbabwe Embassy in Accra – Ghana and Mwansa S. Rowland, Deputy High Commissioner for Zambia High Commission in Accra-Ghana. The Namibian Ambassador and the Nigerian High Commissioner were also in Attendance.

Others awardees on the list of Top 100 Tourism Personalities in West Africa includes Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SAHCOL; Mr. Chike Ogeah, Vice Chairman, SAHCOL; Mr. Rizwan Kadri, Managing Director, SAHCOL; Pastor (Mrs.) Silifat Omolaja Lawal, Managing Director/CEO, God’s Power Travel Agency Limited, and  Mr. Gabriel Olowo, President/CEO, Sabre Network NMC, West Africa.

Mrs. Uloma Egbuna, Managing Director, Tour Brokers International (TBI), and Mr. Okata Allwell, Managing Director/CEO, Planet Resources Limited; Mr. Samson Fatokun, Regional Manager IATA South – West Africa

Also Mr. Simon Grindrod, General Manager, The Wheatbaker Lagos; Judith N. Ogedengbe, Managing Director/CEO, HBC Resort Jos;  Mr. Lehlohonolo Pitso, Regional Manager West Africa, South African Tourism; Mr. Daisi Olotu, Managing Director/CEO Dees Travels and Tours Limited Lagos – Nigeria.

Mr. Frank Nneji, Managing Director/CEO, ABC Transport PLC, Nigeria; Mr. Abiola Lawal, Managing Director,; Mr. Kola Olayinka, Regional Commercial Manager West Africa, British Airways; Mr. Steve D. F. Isokariari, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NANTA; Ohaeto Street, by Sovida Hotel, D/Line, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Funmi Rotiba, Special Tours and Travels Limited.

Chiquita A. Johnson, CEO, West Tourism Management, Liberia; Mr. Henock Teferra Managing Director, ASKY Airlines, Togo; Mrs. Olanma Ojukwu, Managing Director GOTA Voyage Travels, Benin Republic.

“The Top 100 Tourism Personalities was set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves and through their efforts or that of their organizations have impacted positively on the travel and tourism sector across the West African sub region, whose efforts have stimulated and helped to achieve their individual country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the region”, says Mr. Ikechi Uko, organizer of the awards.

In his remarks, Mr. Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Carnival Calabar Commission explained the need to create and explore new tourist attractions. Mr. Onah explained that as tourism practitioners, “We need to breath new grounds.

“Carnival Calabar could be that gateway for the development of tourism in Nigeria. Carnival Calabar could be the door of return for Africans in diaspora. Calabar is an acronym for Come And Live And Be At Rest”! Mr. Gabe ended his speech.

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