Uzoma Akabusi

Uzoma Akabusi

Uzoma Akabusi is a travel enthusiast and tourism professional. He has also been actively involved with Africa's business tourism destination promotion and investment facilitation. His specialty is West Africa. 

Previously, Uzoma Akabusi worked some international travel and logistics companies including Hertz in Nigeria. 

The tourism sector in Africa, which according to UNWTO saw an 8% increase in international arrivals in 2016, is progressively becoming prominent largely due to the increased commitment from governments. Possessing massive potential to foster positive change and transformation, it is timely that most heads of states and governments are seeing the urgency to prioritize the sector now directly accounting for 10.2% of the world’s GDP (US$2.3 trillion).

The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, has recently hosted the 59th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa. Held between 18-21 April, the Commission included a High-level Meeting on Chinese Outbound Tourism to Africa, where regional representatives debated the potential that the sector brings to the continent.

Attended by 21 tourism Ministers from the African continent, the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa has become the best platform to discuss tourism trends in the continent and the potential that Chinese tourism can induce at regional level.

Residents of Abuja, Cross River and Katsina states paid the highest bus journey fare within city in March, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said.

A new report by the NBS stated that while residents of Abuja paid N262.50, people in Cross River and Katsina states paid N209.09 and N196.67 respectively.

The report also stated that states with lowest bus journey fare within city were Borno (N58.00), Yobe (N60) and Enugu (N72.63) states.

 Kenya is losing billions of shillings in foregone revenue in the tourism industry, owing to a weak airline industry and insecurity. New data from the World Economic Forum (WEF) indicates that Kenya is losing out to rivals like South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles, even as the Government spends billions of shillings to turn around the country’s second-largest foreign exchange earner. The study, which was conducted in partnership with the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies, looked at the openness of destination markets, ease of setting up a tourism enterprise and the nature of attractions and facilities. While Kenya has emerged as the fifth most competitive tourism and travel market in sub-Saharan Africa, its position is shaky. In almost all parameters, it lags far behind regional leaders South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles. In fact, Kenya’s dominance in the East African tourism market is marginal at best, and the country stands to lose its lead to Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Strategic advantages “Kenya ranks 78th in the global tourism market out of 141 countries, and fares strongly in terms of natural resources (11th globally), brand visibility online (10th globally) and leads Africa in the number of known species of mammals, birds and amphibians,” reads the report, titled The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015. See Also: Hotel classification takes off amid murmurs over results These strategic advantages place the

The maritime sector is a major part of the travel industry in any nation and constitutes a source of revenue, employment generation amongst other benefits to the home country. However, this can only be achieved when it is strategically positioned with the right policies and programmes in place. This concern was the focus of the “Policy Dialogue Series on Generation of Revenue from Nigerian Shipping Sector” held recently in Lagos. Speaking at the forum, Olisa Agbakoba, a renowned maritime lawyer and also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said that the nation’s shipping sector has the potential to generate N7 trillion annually into the federation account if properly harnessed.He called on the Federal Government to diversify the nation’s economy from being oil dependent and explore other non-oil sectors of the economy in the wake of continuous drop in the price of crude oil at the international market. According to him, shipping is crucial to maximizing oil potential and as such the government needs to overhaul policies, institutional, regulatory and legal framework in the shipping sector to be able to tap into the revenue, which the sector has in stock for both the government and the masses.

Holiday Nigeria™ is Nigeria’s number one online Destination marketing company that has been selling the best of the country’s tourist attractions around the globe and vice versa for nearly a decade now. Recently, the company embarked on a re-branding exercise to enlarge the scope of its operation by introducing wholesale tour packages. This is intended to accommodate emerging inbound and outbound tourist locations and to inculcate professionalism, excellence and improved service delivery in tour operation trade. Part of this exercise is the introduction of all-inclusive tour package system that contains the major tour components including transportation, accommodation, tours and attractions as well as other ancillary services.

It also provides a user-friendly platform where tours can be expressly ordered and paid for through the VoguePay payments system (Interswitch, Visa, Naira and master cards). Holiday Nigeria™ has a stock of readymade outbound tours to popular destinations including France, America, Jamaica, Dubai, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Seychelles, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Zanzibar and so forth. It also showcases the best of Nigeria including Obudu mountain resort, Lagos beaches, Abuja Arts and Crafts, Idanre Hill, Olumo rock, Yankari game reserve and a host of others. These tours are categorized into Festivals, honeymoon, Family, featured, school, exotics, events etc.

It is with pride and honor that Nigeria and indeed the entire black race celebrates one of its own for excelling in the business world even beyond borders. Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi, who has being described by Fortune magazine in the United States of America as the ''7th powerful black business executive,'' has recently acquired ownership of Gatwick Airport. The Gatwick Airport is one of the biggest airport in the United Kingdom. This great feat will not only be of relevance to the Aviation sector but the entire business world. Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi, was born to the family of Prof. & Mrs. T.O. Ogunlesi of Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria. His father was the first Nigerian Professor of Medicine. He attended King’s College, Lagos, Nigeria. Afterwards, he travelled to England, where he earned his B.A. with first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, his J.D. magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in the late 1970s. Adebayo Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, a $15 billion joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs. Prior to his current role, he was Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Credit Suisse, based in New York. He previously served as a member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board and Management Council and chaired the Chairman’s Board. He was the Global Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Benin Artefacts returned, 177 years later

The ancient city of Benin, housed by the present day Edo state in Nigeria is one that is richly endowed with all manner of artefacts such as the bronze that have  great cultural and religious significance. Two of these bronzes were reportedly returned by A Briton, Dr. Mark Walker, to the Oba of Benin after 177 years. The history of these artefacts dates back to the beginning of the ancient Benin Kingdom. However, on February 9, 1897, the kingdom witnessed an invasion by British soldiers led by Rear-Admiral Harry Rawson. The operation which was tagged‘’Benin Punitive Expedition’’ led to the plundering of about 2500 religious artefacts, Benin visual history, mnemonics and artworks which were sent to England. Most of the Benin bronzes were sold to purchasers in Germany, while a sizeable group remained in London at the British Museum. Presently, about 3,173 of the Benin treasures are distributed between 17 encyclopedic museums in Western Europe and North America.

As the third most visited destination in South America, Chile welcomed 3.6 million international tourists in 2013. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of international tourist arrivals grew by over 100%, while international tourism receipts grew from US$ 819 million to US$ 2 billion, an increase of nearly 180%, in the same period. Tourism in Chile accounts for 280.000 direct jobs, 3.5% of all exports and 25% of service exports of the country. The recently launched economic programme 'Chile de todos' (Chile belongs to all) includes tourism as one of the pillars of economic development for the country stressing the capacity of the sector to promote community development, generate multiplier effects in other economic sectors, advance cultural dialogue and protect natural resources.The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have issued an open letter to the government of Chile on issues bordering on travel and tourism.  This was made known in a private meeting between the Chilean Minister of Economy, Luis Felipe Céspedes, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the President & CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), David Scowsill. The UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter calls on heads of state and government around the world to acknowledge tourism's key role in delivering more sustained and balanced growth and prioritize the sector higher in national policies in order to maximize its potential..

 Plateau state against all odds,can be described in the simplest term as the hob of tourism and peace and rated as probably the most wild-life endowed state in Nigeria. In addition to this, is strategically surrounded by rock formations and water bodies stretching from Jos in the north to Qua’an Pan, Wase and Shendam in the south. The state also prides itself in the ownership of rich hospitality industry. There are various world standard hotels in the central, southern, and northern zones of the state including recreation spots like the Solomon Lar Amusement Park. They all complement the position of Plateau as home of tourism and accounts for recent increase in the number of its visitors. Apart from these, there are several natural sites of tourist attractions such as the Shere Hills, Asop Falls and the famous Riyom rocks and to the southern flank are the famous Wase Rock and Game Reserve, the Pai Wildlife Park and the Pandam Wildlife Park in Qua’an Pan but the most famous is the Jos Wildlife Park.

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