ECOWAS Strategize on Common Entry Visa

ECOWAS Strategize on Common Entry Visa

Written By: Media Partner | Published: August-06-2020 | Category: Latest Travel and Tourism Reports
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Experts on visa issues drawn from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met in Abuja on the deployment of the regional visa otherwise known as ECOVISA. The ECOVISA, according to the ECOWAS Commission, is ...

“Besides consolidating the proposed road map for the roll-out and deployment of the ECOVISA, the experts are also examining data exchange/registration platform for...

Domestic Airlines Groan Over Financial Incapacity

Domestic Airlines Groan Over Financial Incapacity

The plight of local airlines has taken a turn for the worse as more become insolvent, struggling to meet financial obligations. The fate of the beleaguered operators is not helped by the Federal Government’s alleged withdrawal of N27 billio...

In a bid to safeguard the interest of their members, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has issued 15-day ultimatum to Arik Air, to reverse alle...

Lagos State to Stimulate Hospitality & Tourism Development

Lagos State to Stimulate Hospitality & Tourism Development

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved N1 billion seed capital for investment in tourism, as the state is set to drive a new growth in hospitality business. Sanwo-Olu announced the approval of the loan on Wednesday at the 6th...

The seed capital will be domiciled in the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), the governor said, adding that the funds will be made available specifically t...

Fall in Tourism Places Millions of Livelihoods at Risk - UNWTO

Fall in Tourism Places Millions of Livelihoods at Risk - UNWTO

The enormous toll of COVID-19 on international tourism has now become clear, with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data showing the cost up to May was already three times that of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis. As the situation continues...

The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows that the near-complete lockdown imposed in response to the pandemic led to a 98 per cent fall in inte...

Minister Set-Up Committee for Flight Resumption

Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika Monday said the Nigerian Government has inaugurated the National Air Transport Facilitation Committee to review the guidelines for t...

Press Release: Third Mainland Bridge - NIWA Deploy Floating Jetties, Flags New Routes

In  a strategic response to the partial closure of the iconic third mainland bridge for repairs in Lagos, the National Inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA) has deploye...

True Story of Nigeria's 'Ajala' - the Global Traveller

Every avid Nigerian traveller or globetrotter has one time or the other been referred to as Ajala by their friends, families or acquaintances. Most even use the desi...

No Clear Date for International Air Travel to Nigeria - Officials

The Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that it is extending closure of international airspace until October 15 i...

National Theatre: Celebrating Renovation

Nigeria's iconic National Theatre is a dead end. It was never in doubt and if you disagree, there is a free offer of a tour. That's by the side. What actually benumb...


Sarat Lara Braimah: Making Roads Out of Water

Sarat Lara Braimah: Making Roads Out of Water

Written By: Frank Meke | Published: July-27-2020 | Category: OPINIONS
Tagged Under: Lagos State, Third Mainland Bridge, NIWA

She has the eyes and strength of an eagle. Sarat Braimah is focused and makes no pretences of leaving legacies. To her, the transf...

Culture: Telling Buhari Story in Five Years

Culture: Telling Buhari Story in Five Years

Written By: Frank Meke | Published: June-01-2020 | Category: OPINIONS
Tagged Under: Nigeria Tourism, Segun Runsewe

To the Nigerian tourism community, President Mohammadu Buhari certainly did not factor Culture and Tourism in his game plan to rev...

Agenda Setting for the Creative Industry

Agenda Setting for the Creative Industry

Written By: Frank Meke | Published: May-19-2020 | Category: OPINIONS
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As a Cultural tourism development columnist, getting to grab Frontline interventions on everyday happenings in the battered sector...

Runsewe and the Good Samaritans

Runsewe and the Good Samaritans

We are supposed to get real groves out of the expected and very timely intervention by the federal government to unbundle Nigeria ...

Hotel Industry and the Upside of Post-Covid 19 Dispensation

Hotel Industry and the Upside of Post-Covid 19 Dispensation

Written By: Media Partner | Published: May-09-2020 | Category: OPINIONS
Tagged Under: Nigeria Tourism, Hotels in Nigeria, Covid19

At the twilight of 2019, no one, predicted the global lockdown that has greatly affected the hotel and tourism industry. UNWTO rep...

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Covid-19: Africa's Tourism Sector Loses $55 Billion

Covid-19: Africa's Tourism Sector Loses $55 Billion

The African Union has hinted that tourism destinations in Africa have collectively lost $55 billion in travel and tourism revenue. This was disclosed by the African Union (AU) commissioner for infrastructure and energy, Amani Abo...

Covid-19: UNWTO Adopts Agenda for Africa for Recovery

Member States from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in res...

Covid-19: Nigeria Seeks Tourism 'Marshall Plan' for Africa

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for a 'Marshall Plan' to aid the recovery of the Travel and Tourism Sector in Africa, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the sector very hard....

Not Yet Uhuru for African Regional Economic Development

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have jointly called for African countries to strengthen their economic integration. They made this...

Research Shows Tourism Sector’s Support for Workers & Communities

As the sector faces up to an unprecedented challenge, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (a subsidiary of the World Tourism Organization) has analysed the steps being taken by businesses and trade associations to mitigate the i...


NCAC Launches Drive-in Cultural Show in Jos

NCAC Launches Drive-in Cultural Show in Jos

Nigeria cultural tourism community witnessed its first successful count down to a post covid 19 new normal engagement with a drive- in artistic experience, held at the open grounds of Sheraton hotels, Abuja on Sunday.The event, sh...

Rare Gorillas Found in Nigeria

Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria’s Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. ...

National Parks: Red Flag for Serious Attention

In my over twenty five years relationship and coverage of the activities of the Nigerian National Parks service, I am yet to witness such horrendous attacks and developmental dislocation on going through unexpected failures in the...

Perm Sec, Grace Gekpe, Alleged Involved in Multi-Million Naira Fraud

A petition seen by SaharaReporters has fingered Grace Gepke, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Information and Culture, in a multi-million naira fraud. According to the document, the minister in charge of the ministry, ...

Covid-19: Runsewe Advocates Use of Culture as Therapy

Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has advocated the use of culture as a therapy against Covid-19 pandemic. Stressing the potency of culture to address all human challenges, ...


Hotel Employees to Down Tools Over Wages

Hotel Employees to Down Tools Over Wages

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other unions in the tourism and hotel industry have rejected the plan by some notable hotels in the country to owe workers’ salaries under the pretext of COVID-19 pandemic. The unions said they a...

Eco-Tourism Operations Suspended in Yankari Game Reserve - General Manager

The Bauchi State Government recently announced the closure of Yankari Game Reserve in order to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. The State's Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Moddibbo Abdulkadir told the News Agency of Nigeria on...

FTAN Embarks on Sensitization Visits to Tourism Facilities in Nigeria

The spiraling negative impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism sectors led the current leadership of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to embark on sensitization visits to to...

Corona Virus: FTAN Confident of Nigeria Health Agencies Containment Measures

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has expressed confidence that Nigeria’s health officials’ effort at containing the Corona Virus would be successful, and that the Covid-19 scare should not stop leisure and ...

Nigeria Partnering With UNWTO To Implement Tourism Masterplan - Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said his ministry is partnering with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in the implementation of the National Tourism Development Masterplan, in ...


Nigerian Airlines Lost $2.09bn in April & June - IATA

Nigerian Airlines Lost $2.09bn in April & June - IATA

IATA, in its report, titled, ‘Quarantine measures threaten aviation restart in Africa and the Middle East,’ noted that aviation was the worst-hit sector in Africa and the Middle East with more than 8.6 million jobs at risk. The re...

Nigerian Airlines Seek Govt Intervention Fund

Some stakeholders in aviation industry have appealed to the Federal Government to speed up interventions to revamp the sector which, they say, is hardest hit by the COVID -19 pandemic. They made the call in interviews with the Ne...

Nigeria Extends Closure of International Airports

The Federal Government has extended the closure of airports across the country by another two weeks beginning from April 23, 2020. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this via a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Mon...

Report: Air Travel Remained Inaccessible to Most African Citizens

Air travel, safety, booking difficulties and cost remains some of the barriers travellers in Africa currently endure. The findings of the recent African Traveller Report 2019 by the Sabre Corporation revealed that air travel remai...

We Need Govt and Nigerians Support for Our Efforts to Succeed - Air Peace, MD.

The chairman and chief executive officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema speaks on the operations of the airline and effort by it to link Nigeria to the world and the challenges, among others... How are you copping with the issue of d...


NCMM Partners Tech Firm to Digitize Artefacts & Monuments

NCMM Partners Tech Firm to Digitize Artefacts & Monuments

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments has engaged a tech company, Opinow Media, to digitise museums, monument sites and buildings across Nigeria with virtual reality for tourist attraction.The Acting Director-General o...

Miss Apex Queen Nigeria 2019 for May 11

Preparations are in top gear for the hosting of this year’s edition of Miss Apex Queen Nigeria 2019. The beauty pageant, which made its entry into the Nigerian pageantry calendar last year, is set for its grand finale and award ni...

Furore Over Astronomical Costs of Abuja Carnival

The 2019 edition of Abuja cultural carnival will gulp N82.109 million, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said. The yearly carnival meant to showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage is coo...

Nigeria: Top 10 Nollywood Movies in 2018

More Nigerian filmmakers are pushing boundaries when it comes to content creation and distribution. In 2018, several films showcased at international platforms such as the Toronto Film Festival. As we applaud the strides made, her...

Canadian-Nigerian Film-Maker Wins Film Contest

A film, Sweet Revenge, produced by a Nigerian-Canadian film director, Pascal Atuma,   has won this year’s Kevin Hart’s North American Film Competition.  A total of 654 films were submitted for the short films competition. A jury m...


AFCON 2019: Anything less than winning the African Cup of Nations for any coach, at any time, is ‘criminal’- Odegbami

AFCON 2019: Anything less than winning the African Cup of Nations for any coach, at any time, is ‘criminal’- Odegbami

I am an Olympian to the core.I went to two Olympics. The first was boycotted at the last minute by African countries.At the second, I was Nigeria’s flag bearer, overall captain of the contingent as well as captain of the national .

Market analyst identifies the major Market players of the Global Sports Tourism in Africa

The Global Sports Tourism Market Report By scrutinizes the overall market synopsis globally, their restraining factors, drivers, major challenges, opportunities, latest trends to stabilize the global Sports Tourism ...

WAFU CUP: Nigeria Won and Lost to Ghana Again

The hosts defeated bitter rivals Nigeria with 4-1 on yesterday night to clinch the title at the Cape Coast Stadium. The Black Stars took the lead in the 44th minute of play, with Sarfo Kwadwo punishing slack defending from the Sup...

Nigeria to host UNWTO CAF 2018

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to host African Tourism Ministers under the aegis of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission on Africa (CAF) next year....


The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) held in Delta State Nigeria has seeing some of our Nigerian athletes flying the Nigeria flag high above their shoulders with a strong determination.  And this they showed in their perfo...



Federal and Lagos State Govt plan development of inland water transport

For some time now there has been strife between National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), the inland waterways regulatory organ of the Federal Ministry of Transport, an...

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Covid-19: Nigeria's Tourism Industry Requires N150 billion Govt Intervention Fund – FTAN

The declaration of Covid-19 as a global pandemic in January 2020, has led to international travel restrictions, national travel bans and subnational lockdowns, leading to...

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Canada asks US to be Stringent over Visas to Nigerians

As Nigerian asylum seekers flood into Canada across a ditch in Upstate New York, Canadian authorities are asking the United States for help — but not with managing the in...

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