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.
The Osun Osogbo socio-cultural festival has been described as a prime event in Osun State that will open other parts of the state tourism potentials going by the close support invested at the just concluded event. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mr Oladipo Soyode who spoke with TTM in Osogbo recently, said that the present administration is poise to take tourism to an enviable level and upgrade the socio-economic standard of the people through different human-driven activities. According to Soyode, “what we achieved during the just concluded Osun Osogbo festival, surpasses what was been recorded at previous event and this was because we went extra miles to synergising with the custodians of the festival, joining force with relevant security operatives in Osun and also harnessing other logistical avenue to make it grand.
“The achievement this year was in many folds. Firstly, regarding the build up to the festival, we made a good preparation to see that the show was not static, which will only have people come for the ritual and later leave, but rather we set in motion a town storming session to light up Osogbo before and after the festival. “The town storming session involved creating awareness, where you have people dancing round the town with a carnival-like float to sensitise the people ahead of the grand finale.
MOST Innovative Telecommunications Company in Nigeria, Etisalat, has once again thrown its weight behind the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) for the 2013 edition of the Lagos Photo Festival with theme: ‘The Megacity and non-city’. This was made known today at the press conference organized at the Eko Hotel & Suites to announce the start of this year’s activities. Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Steven Evans in his opening remarks said the company was delighted to be part of the Lagos Photo festival as it has increasingly become a major event Lagosians, Nigerians and indeed Art Aficianados around the world look forward to every year. On the company’s involvement in the Festival, Mr. Evans said both Lagos Photo Festival and Etisalat share intrinsic attributes, one of which is to provide a platform to communicate ideas, innovate, nurture talent and promote passions.
Strong emotions rise to the surface when discussions turn to the Nile, the world’s longest river. Most debate swirls around control of its basin which is shared by 11 African nations. Politicians and others have pondered the chances of a war over its life-giving waters: slim but increasing given the escalating tensions over Ethiopia’s plan to build a massive hydro-power dam on the river. “For Egypt the Nile equals life,” affirms Mohamed Edrees, Egypt’s ambassador to Ethiopia. “It is almost the only source of water for Egypt and that means that it is the only source of life. So it’s obvious that this issue, for Egyptians, is of vital importance and of high sensitivity. It is an issue of existence.” The Nile basin covers almost 10% of Africa’s landmass (3.1m km2) and supports over 200m people, more than half living below the poverty line and dependent on rain fed agriculture for their survival.
The twin pressures of energy and food security—through hydroelectric generation and irrigation schemes—are placing ever-greater demands on the Nile. In addition, land degradation, rising temperatures and possible changes in rainfall patterns, as a result of climate change, are threatening to alter the river’s flow.
January: Tromso or Kirkenes, Norway
Why: The chance to shorten your bucket list: specifically, to mark off the northern lights. Although the aurora borealis can be spotted anywhere between latitudes 65 and 72 degrees, Norwegian towns such as Kirkenes, Tromso, Alta and Svalbard offer ringside seats, especially in the winter. Sail Norway's fiord-lined coasts aboard a Hurtigruten cruise ship, and the crew will provide wake-up calls when viewing is best. If snowmobiling and dog sledding under shimmery green curtains of solar particles colliding with atmospheric gases aren't on your bucket list, you just need better gloves.
Weather report: To quote Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
Who should avoid: Anyone dead set on maintaining a year-round suntan.
Arusha — THE Serengeti National Park has been chosen as the 2013 global winner of International Award in Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industry. According to the Tanzania National Park's Public Relations Manager, Mr Paschal Shelutete, TANAPA will be collecting the prestigious award for Serengeti on Thursday during a special occasion to be staged in Madrid, Spain. The award was created by the Global Trade Leaders Club which is an international businessmen group with membership base of more than 7,000 associated companies globally. On the other hand, it was created to recognize the prestige of companies and organizations working for the tourism, hotel and catering industry as a means of encouraging players in this sector which is of vital importance for the development of their respective countries.
Africa Domestic Tourism Development Agency (ADTDA) in collaboration with the Ghana Domestic Tourism Company Limited, is to organize Africa Domestic Tourism Investment Forum in Ghana on 18th and 19th September 2013. The two-day investment forum will precede the Ghana Domestic Tourism Fair and Exhibition 2013 to be held from 20-22 September 2013, at the National Theatre Accra, Ghana. This was contained in a statement signed by the press secretary of ADTDA and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Thursday. According to the statement, the forum would provide a platform and present Africa’s domestic tourism sector as a major investment portfolio for opportunities and expansion to foreign and local investors.
The Management of the Lagos Bar Beach said on Wednesday that it would bring positive changes that would thrill fun seekers at the beach. Mr Effiong Ekanem, the Chairman of the Tourism Committee of Lagos Bar Beach, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that the management of the beach, with the authority of Eti Osa Local Government had a transformation agenda in 2013 to beautify the beach to attain international standard. ``The management of Bar Beach is ready to carry out the transformation agenda of the local government to beautify the beach. ``Fun seekers should have in mind a better Bar Beach this 2013,’’ Ekanem said. He said that the management was partnering with some corporate agencies to give the beach a befitting look. ``Negotiation is ongoing with some corporate agencies to bring positive change to bar beach and to always have stage performances at the beach,’’ Ekanem said.
The introduction of electronic visas would serve both to grow tourism volumes and to create new job opportunities in Africa, South African Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Sunday. "There are opportunities to accelerate the creation of regional visa schemes," Van Schalkwyk said at the opening of the 2012 Routes Africa Conference in the Seychelles. "This would allow our international visitors and intra-African travellers to move more freely and efficiently, to the benefit of our continent." E-visas are currently only offered by a few countries, such as Australia, the United States, Bahrain and India. The process of applying for an e-visa involves completing the visa application form online, on a secure website. The development of secure electronic transactions integrated into a website's payment system has made electronic commerce an increasingly popular option; it involves a "secure electronic transaction" (SET), which makes use of several layers of encryption to protect sensitive information.E-visas are being introduced by more countries around the world as a convenient way to apply to visit that country because it is not necessary to visit the country's consulate in person.
The importation of goods into Nigeria by traders who seem to be showing preference for variant lucrative business attractions that Dubai offers compared to what is obtainable in China has continued to generate comments by Nigerians. In this report, Nigerian businessmen and women, who bared their minds, believe that business in Dubai, the Persian Gulf city, is more favorable. Mrs. Kate Ibe (aka Madam K), who trades in Dubai gold ornaments, said, “ Doing business in Dubai is full of excitement because of its proximity and the lack of visa-restriction rules that comes with it. Unlike China, the business environment is very conducive and the infrastructure is reliable.” Kate further stated, “A large number of Nigerians come to Dubai on weekly basis to engage in buying and selling because of the access to visa and decent profit margins that they make on sale of purchased products back home in Nigeria, and this is not achievable with products from China”.
Jonathan Ozoemena, a merchant, said he had to relocate from his manufacturing business at Idumota to Dubai due to the alleged invasion of substandard goods from China, in addition to Nigeria’s incessant interruption of power supply, deplorable road condition, and insecurity which has led to crime almost unavoidable.
Nigeria offers a wide variety of tourist attractions such as extended and roomy river and ocean beaches ideal for swimming and other water sports, unique wildlife, vast tracts of unspoiled nature ranging from tropical forest, magnificent waterfalls, some new rapidly growing cities and climatic conditions in some parts particularly conducive to holidaying. Other attractions include traditional ways of life preserved in local customs; rich and varied handicrafts and other colorful products depicting or illustrative of native arts and lifestyle, and the authentic unsophisticated but friendly attitude of many in the Nigerian population. However, many of these attractions are still largely untapped and even at their raw states, they are still being enjoyed by few outsiders, either very rich visitors in quest of exoticism or adventurous people in search of new challenges and experiences. The lack of required modern infrastructural facilities and in some parts of the country acute conditions of underdevelopment and poverty can be seen which many potential Nigeria bound tourist may not like to be confronted with.
These are impediments to tourism, which the new administration has been tackling since assumption of office. Investors, both foreign and local are therefore called upon to come and invest in the abundant tourism potentials in the country.