Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru has an indepth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. 

Over the years, he worked in prominent media houses such as The Mail, The Nigerian Observer, The Post Express, Anchor, Traveller's Weekend Magazine now (African Travel Quarterly Magazine) as Editor, New Age Newspapers, and The SUN.

He is versatile, a publisher, outspoken, witty, a team player, a great motivator and widely travelled. He is a public commentator and an accomplished tourism writer in Nigeria. Later he moved over to the travel press and also became their chairman.

TPS Eastern Africa, the owner of Serena Hotels and Lodges, is set to receive a $20 million loan from French fund Proparco to refurbish and expand its properties.
The eight-year loan will fund capital expenditures over 24 months starting next year.
"Proparco and Serena Hotels continue to build on their long-term relationship and are proud to have been able to play a leading role in the growth and development of the East African region," the two institutions said in a statement.
The TPS managing director Mahmud Janmohamed said most of the cash will be used in Kenya, including on expansion of Nairobi Serena Hotel which is estimated to account for 28.8 per cent of Kenya's room nights.
New conference and banqueting facilities will be build on the property that will also see the refurbishment of bedrooms and public areas.
TPS will also make additional investments in its other properties in the country. The company has properties in major tourist locations including the Coast and Maasai Mara.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Nigeria: The tourism potentials in Benue State

Known as the food basket of the nation, Benue state in the North central part of Nigeria has a population of 4,780,389 (2006 census) with several ethnic groups such as Tiv, Ioma, Igede, Etulo, Abakpa, Jukun, Hausa, Akweya , Nyifon amongst others. However, the Tiv are the dominant ethnic group, occupying fourteen local government areas, while the Idoma and Igede occupy the remaining nine local government areas. Most of the people are farmers while the inhabitants of the riverine areas engage in fishing as their primary occupation. The people of the state are famous for their hospitable disposition as well as rich tourist and cultural heritage. Notable among the tourist spots are:

Ikyogen Hills: The hills, also known as Ikyogen cattle ranch exude a wild weather condition which ensures steady green vegetation and an all round the year grazing for animals in the area. This ranch was developed in 1983 by the Aper Aku regime.

Etihad Airways is one of two flag carrier airlines of the United Arab Emirates with its head office is in Khalifa City A, near Abu Dhabi City. It was established by royal decree in July 2003 and commenced operations in November 2003. The airline, which has carried over 11.5 million passengers by 2013 celebrated the departure of its inaugural Airbus A380 flight at Abu Dhabi International Airport recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition to being Etihad Airways’ first A380 service, the flight marked the debut of the airline’s new First Apartments, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats, together with the Residence by Etihad – a three-room suite with living room, bathroom and bedroom. It was also the first flight to operate with Etihad Airways’ ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery.

From its Abu Dhabi base, the Airline flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 109 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and nine Airbus A380s. And also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalizing equity investments in Alitalia and Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by

The National theatre is an architectural masterpiece and a cultural landmark located at Iganmu, in the heart of Lagos state, the business hub of Nigeria. Apart from providing a befitting venue for the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77), it plays host to major cultural activities, art exhibitions, theatre rendition, symposia and film shows as well other national and international events. Based on this, the federal government has taken a bold step to upgrade the facility to an Entertainment City, the first ever in Nigeria. This was disclosed recently by Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke who lead the team at a forum held in Lagos. He announced that the federal government was officially requesting for Expression of Interest from investors for the concessioning of the fallow ground within the Theatre’s premises.

Last week September 17 and 18, 2014 witnessed the colorful outing of Africa’s tourism and hospitality industry stakeholders, professional groups and destination managers at the International Conference Center in Abuja. It was the maiden edition of Africa global travel, hospitality and tourism exhibition event tagged “Afro Tourism Expo, 2014”. The theme of this year’s exhibition was “creating the framework, and business environment, for investment in Africa’s Tourism industries”. The objective of the event was to create a common platform where the various sectors of the tourism industry cam meet and share initiatives on issues, challenges and proffer solutions that will satisfy their individual and collective business needs. It is also a deliberate effort to ensure that the vast tourism potentials in Africa are fully exploited and properly positioned as a preferred tourist destination in the world.It was indeed a gathering of giants in the industry, as stakeholders from all walks of life including government ministries and agencies as well the media were ably represented. It showcased leading and emerging travel, tourism and hospitality brand services, destination investment opportunities and business networking meetings. The event was power-packed with workshop sessions that were coordinated by tourism and hospitality industry professionals. Customized attendance certificates and conference materials were also offered to participants.Participation at Afro Tourism Expo was basically in the following categories:

Another milestone has being recorded in the Nigerian aviation industry as one of its leading domestic airlines diversifies its operation to other regions of the country. Overland Airways has announced the commencement of scheduled flight services from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the new Dutse International Airport, Dutse (Jigawa state). The Ikeja-based airline that operates a fleet of modern equipment and facilities to provide high standard of services currently flies to over eight destinations in the country including Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan amongst others. The airline which commenced operations on 26 November 2003 is one the Airline that satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization, in an effort to ensure better services and safety in the Nigerian Aviation sector.Overland Airways is an airline company registered to operate charter and scheduled flights. It targets the prosperity of the Nigerian hinterland by facilitating the air

Kenya’s Safari and Mombasa amongst others are part of the most interesting tourist sites  in Africa, with  over 600,000 people working in the industry and accounts for more than 12.5% of the country’s GDP. These sites attract millions of tourists from all over the world due its rich natural and wildlife composition. Recently, there was a speculation that the country will be attacked by terrorists. This came from the Foreign Common Wealth office (FCO) and has lead to unnecessary anxiety as tourists especially the British had to suspend their vacation and headed for the Airport.  Kenyan officials reacted furiously to the decision by Britain’s biggest tour operator, Thomson and First Choice to evacuate holidaymakers from the coast south of Mombasa and to cancel all holidays there until November at the earliest. They expressed their displeasure over the manner in which the news was issued to tourists, as it tends to accelerate the situation by causing fear and panic among the tourists and the peace-loving citizens.

New economic activities have arisen between Nigeria and the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) as a result of the air connectivity occasioned by Emirates Airline. This has increased the bilateral trade volumes between both countries to $857 million in 2009 from $106 million in 2004, a 710 percent increase in a 5-year period. A document in which Emirates recently examined the impact on bilateral trade to 15 countries following the launch of services between 2002 and 2007, showed that among all the fifteen countries Emirates started operating into since 2002, the positive trade and commerce impact on Nigeria is just a little lower than Mauritius whose trade volume increased by 951 percent in 5-year cumulative percentage growth. Emirates started operations into Nigeria in 2004 and has witnessed tremendous increase in traffic figures and ticket sales as the route became one of the most attractive to traders who come from far and wide to do business in Nigeria.For instance, many traders prefer to first go through Dubai to connect other European countries in order to buy goods to either take back to Nigeria or take to their destinations. A list of foreign airlines operating into Nigeria released by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in December

Nigeria seems to waking up to the opportunities and financial gains inherent in cargo business development as its recent move at developing the sub-sector is yielding positive results. Over the years, it had lagged behind in the air cargo business, despite being endowed with all kinds of agricultural produce with ready markets internationally and locally, enough population for import and the current government’s policy on local content in all sectors of the economy. But the recent designation of some airports as cargo  and perishable airports has led to a significant rise in cargo movement across the country. In the third quarter of 2013, for instance, a total of 52.5 million kilogrammes of cargo was carried through the airports, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This represents an increase of 20 per cent compared to 43.5 million kilogrammes carried in the third quarter of 2012.Yakubu Dati, FAAN spokesman said  that the concept of designating some of the airports as cargo airports was borne out of the need to facilitate the exportation of agricultural produce and other perishable goods, considering the high level of insecurity on the roads. He said there had also been an increase in mail movement across the country as more courier

A national boxing coach, Aduro Olalehin on Thursday said that he would strive to turn the nation’s boxers into potential gold medalists at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Commonwealth Games is scheduled to hold from July 23 to Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. Olalehin told NAN that he would use the Scotland Games to erase the disappointment of the nation’s poor performance at the Delhi 2010 Common Games. ``I want to promote Nigeria’s boxing to the next level and hopefully we are going for gold in Glasgow because the commitment from the boxers is there. ``The preparation is good. Usually preparation requires three months but we’ve started this early because we want to make a mark. ``What we are having now is an open camp but by the time we get into closed camp the intensity of our training will definitely increase,” he said.

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