With the changing face of the city of Lagos amidst massive infrastructural reconstruction of the city, delegates to the 14th Akwaaba Tourism Expo will be treated to the taste of Lagos as never before.

You have heard all the stories of Lagos. Some good, some bad; but no report is better than a personal experience. This is what the Government of Lagos through its Ministry of Tourism is promising delegates to this year’s African Travel Expo.

This hosting is in line with effort to make true the vision of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, to transform Lagos, Africa’s most populous city and the second largest economy in West Africa, in creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive to support continuous prosperity of the state as it targets its low hanging fruits of its massive entertainment, culture and heritage.

The Governor earlier in the year noted that the State is channeling a lot of resource to creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive, with an understanding that tourism does not stand on its own; that it is the infrastructure supporting it that actually allows it to thrive; hence, the upbeat about putting the infrastructure in place. Akwaaba African Travel Market is the biggest Travel Expo in West Africa and has been hosted in Lagos for the past 13 years and it annually attracts visitors and Exhibitors from over 20 nations. Lagos State will be hosting a special day at the fair on the 11th of September at Eko Hotel and Suites. The Lagos day will see special cultural and artistic presentations to showcase the best of Lagos. The Government of Lagos State has promised the organisers all needed institutional support to make the event not only remarkable but successful and at the same time memorable! City Tours will be provided for visiting Tour Operators to know the city better in order to market its attraction to their clients.

Lagos is Africa’s entertainment capital and its leading business destination. So a lot of entertainment has been lined up to make the stay in Lagos memorable. Lagos will be having a Special Pavilion for the 3 days of the event and visitors can sample traditional Lagos Cuisine from the 9th to 11th of September.

This comes as the Nation Council for Arts and Culture NCAC, will celebrate the Nigerian Day on Sunday the 9th, same day as the Jollof rice war between Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia. There will be Exhibitions by leading Tourism and Travel companies across Africa, Aviation Conference, Youth in Tourism conference, Gambia Day event, Ethiopia Day, Africa Top 100 Tour Operators conference and Awards, thrills by the Carnival Calabar group, a taste of Dubai, Namibia, South Africa and other Destinations at this year’s show.