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.
Katsina — Katsina State has secured visas for 4, 440 of the 5,520 intending pilgrims set to perform pilgrimage this year from the state, executive secretary of the state's Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji AMinu Danbaba, has said.At the inauguration of hajj committees yesterday, Danbaba said the remaining would be ready within the week.He added that vaccinations against various diseases have been completed, and that bags and uniforms have also been distributed to the pilgrims.
The business travel market will remain unaffected by the ongoing growth of travel review sites, business travel leaders and city break specialists have agreed. The comments were made at the third of four round table conversations which focused on business travel and city breaks and was organized by The Travel Tech Show at WTM and Amadeus.While the event allowed for open and informed debate between 12 of the two markets’ most influential bosses, they agreed that social media review sites would have little impact on the business travel market. Holidays Please Board Member John McEwan said: “The travelers that travel as a result of business are not seen as customers, they’re seen as employees who have to go out there and do a job.” McEwan added that this meant they are far less interested in reviewing where they have stayed.Advantage Travel Director Corporate Director Ken McLeod added even where business travelers do find a hotel that seriously impresses, they are unlikely to share the information with more than a few of their closest colleagues. “If everyone goes to it, it pushes the price up. A leisure traveler doesn’t go back to a hotel they recommend, a business traveler goes back time and time again,” he said.Amadeus Director of Marketing Rob Sinclair Brown agreed while business travelers do keep the best hotels secret, the business travel market must do more to meet an increasing desire among business travelers to do more overseas than just work.
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.