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.
GERMANY – Hotel prices rise 72% this month in Munich ($280), where the beloved Bavarian, beer-filled celebration of Oktoberfest will take place. Fashion enthusiasts flock to Milan this month for Milan Fashion Week, sending hotel prices to climb 62% from last month (September 2013: $246, August 2013: $152). Meanwhile, travelers attending the 70th Annual Venice International Film Festival will pay an average $370 for a hotel room, (46% more than they would last month; $253). Paris ($283 up 48% from last month), Rome ($205, up 41%), Florence ($231, up 43%), Brussels ($181, up 65%) all report significantly higher hotel rates this month than in August. Barcelona ($230 this month) saw the most significant year-over-year growth in hotel prices (up 18% from last September, $195). These are the findings of the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) prepared each month by hotel search trivago.com.
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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday ordered operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal two (MMA2), Lagos, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), to pay the agency the sum of N1,968,634,455.95.00 as debt incurred from the services it rendered to the domestic terminal. Also, the Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an application filed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited seeking to restrain FAAN and its agents from taking possession of the four-star hotel and conference centre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, following FAAN’s termination of the leases on the two projects. FAAN alleged breaches committed by Bi-Courtney in the agreements related to the two projects. BASL built and is operating the domestic terminal, known as MMA2 under the build, operate and transfer (BOT) concession agreement and according to regulations, FAAN, as government agency in charge of the airports in the country, must provide terminal security, fire cover and other services which BASL ought to pay for.
The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization said that conflict-troubled Mali also joins the African tourism commission. Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the 155-nation tourism organization's summit, held every two years, at the resort of Victoria Falls on their common border. The six-day general assembly was formally opened by the two countries' presidents, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Michael Sata of Zambia.. The United Nations said in a statement that July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, bitterly disputed over alleged rigging, "will be respected by the assembly." Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States have condemned Zimbabwe's July 31 elections for breaches of democratic rights, but they are not members of the U.N.'s tourism organization. Western governments are generally skeptical over the value of the biennial meeting attended mostly by developing nations with a poor record in tourism, conservation and political stability. Mugabe told the opening dinner celebrations and tribal dancing that the meeting endorsed Zimbabwe as "a safe and secure destination for world tourists." He said critical Western countries dominating other U.N. political and economic programs stuck to what he called their "demonic tendencies" toward him. Zimbabwe sought friendly ties "with all countries, even those with which we may not agree on all matters," he said.
Nigeria’s minister of Tourism Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke minister identify the culture and tourism sector as one of the major growth drives for achieving the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and reason behind the recent launch of the nation’s tourism brand, “Fascinating Nigeria”.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend during the 1st convocation ceremony for all graduated students of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) training school, he also emphasized the important of training and re-training of officials for the formulation and implementation of government policies.He said: “the Federal Ministry of Culture Tourism and National Orientation, therefore places high premium on training and re-training of officers, because we appreciate that policy formulation and implementation are likely to suffer setbacks if the human capital is deficient or ill-equipped for the task.”
The school which was established in 1993 is to serve as a viable platform to meet the professional training development needs of cultural officer at the Federal, State and Local government. The graduation covered students from 2008 to 2012 with the award of Diploma and Postgraduate in Cultural Administration.Duke said the recent inauguration of National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Art was another demonstration of this administration’s commitment to the development and promotion of art.
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Nigeria’s minister of Tourism Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke has minister identified the culture and tourism sector as one of the major growth drivers for achieving the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and reason behind the recent launch of the nation’s tourism brand, “Fascinating Nigeria”.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend during the 1st convocation ceremony for all graduated students of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) training school, he also emphasized the important of training and re-training of officials for the formulation and implementation of government policies.
He said: “the Federal Ministry of Culture Tourism and National Orientation, therefore places high premium on training and re-training of officers, because we appreciate that policy formulation and implementation are likely to suffer setbacks if the human capital is deficient or ill-equipped for the task.”
The school which was established in 1993 is to serve as a viable platform to meet the professional training development needs of cultural officer at the Federal, State and Local government. The graduation covered students from 2008 to 2012 with the award of Diploma and Postgraduate in Cultural Administration.
Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.
Tourists have been put off by news about smog and other problems, said Frano Ilic of travel agency Studiosus in Munich, Germany. He said the number of people booking trips to China through his company has fallen 16 percent this year. "You are reading about smog. You are reading about political things," said Ilic. "All the news which is coming from China concerning the non-touristic things are bad, frankly speaking," China is the world's No. 3 destination for international travel after France and the United States. Weakness in visitor numbers could hurt government efforts to reduce reliance on trade-driven manufacturing by promoting cleaner service industries such as tourism. Foreign visitors are outnumbered by Chinese tourists but spend more. The decline could be long-term if Beijing fails to make visible progress in combatting pollution, experts say. That China's air and water are badly polluted following three decades of breakneck growth is not news. But January's record-setting bout of smog got worldwide news coverage and was so bad some longtime foreign residents left the country.
LAGOS: -- Comrade Anthony Emmanuel Nted, President-General of the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) in this interview speaks on varying issues in the nation's maritime sector including move by some powerful elements to establish a parallel safety security agency in the industry. Excerpt:-
Q: Recently in a public hearing by the Senate, you said there were moves by some powerful people to establish a parallel safety security agency in the industry.
A: The issue of parallel security in the maritime industry is a clear indication that some groups of people want to milk the nation dry. We have the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, which is an organ saddled with the responsibility to man the water ways, regulate the activities of dockworkers, seafarers, the cabotage laws and so many issues that relate to maritime activities and security. The marine police are there in conjunction with the navy. You also have the navy in conjunction with NIMASA. All of them are working together to ensure security within the territorial boundary.
About 15 different companies within and outside the country have bided for the construction of the proposed multi-billion naira Bauchi International Airport. Chairman of the airport project, Alhaji Bappa Azare, told newsmen yesterday, while monitoring the bidding exercise held at the State Secretariat, Bauchi, that the listed companies, which bided for the project, include Dantata Group of Companies, Arab Construction Company, Triacta Nigeria Limited, Mother Care Company, among others. It could be recalled that Governor Isa Yuguda recently promised the people of the state that his administration would construct a befitting Interna-tional airport within 20 months, so that the state’s intending pilgrims would be airlifted for Holy pilgrimage from the new airport by 2013.
Azare, who is also the Commissioner for Special Duties, said it was in view of the importance the state government attached to the construction of the airport that made the number of companies scrambling for the project to increase to 15.