Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Government Cancels Abuja Carnival 2017

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Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has today announced the cancellation of this year Abuja Carnival. The event would now hold in November 2018. This revelation was made in a brief internal memo presented to national agencies, departments and other States Ministry of Culture and Tourism, at the on-going 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation holding in Dutse Jigawa State. The Ministry said the event was cancelled due to "logistical challenges". 

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Lagos Carnival Starts in December with More Street Displays

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The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it would hold a 12-hours street carnival on the popular Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja, on Dec.3, ahead of the Yuletide.

The Special Adviser to Gov.Akinwunmi Ambode on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, at a news conference in Alausa, said that the overall aim of the carnival was to boost the economy of the state.

Akinsola said that the event, formerly known as Lagos Street party, had metamorphosed into a carnival which would take place on the whole stretch of Oba Akran Road from noon till midnight.

She assured that arrangements were in place to ensure maximum security and traffic control.

Akinsola said that alternative routes would be provided to motorists so that they do not experience pains as a result of the closure.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

New Renaissance Lagos hotel and Marriott executive apartments

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The 25 floor hotel will feature the 216 room full service Renaissance Lagos Hotel and 44 room Marriott Executive Apartment offering extended stay apartments with space, ambience and the privacy of residential living. 

LAGOS, Nigeria, November 15, 2017/ -- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) ( and Landmark Africa Group ( today announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments. Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria Island, the central business district of Lagos. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Tourism: Nigerian Army renovates Oloibiri Oil Well

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The 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, on Wednesday said it had renovated and opened to tourists, the Oloibiri Oil Well No. 1, where commercial oil production commenced in 1958.

Captain Jonah Danjuma, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations and Spokesman of the Brigade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Army would provide free bus rides for tourists to Oloibiri from its base in Yenagoa for the next three days.

Danjuma explained that the gesture was a community relations and confidence building component of the ongoing military training operation to build the combat readiness of troops deployed to the Niger Delta region.

“In line with the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army has undertaken a renovation of the iconic Oloibiri Oil Well.

Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

D’Tigers Ranked No. 1 in Africa Basketball

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The glory days in our sports history which seems had fed way in our nationhood probably as a result of dirty politics and power tussles among and between those in the helm of affairs in the ministry of sports, and youth development is unequivocally back, as the sports atmosphere has been saturated with unspeakable joy over the last couple of days.

Just last week Saturday the Super eagles obtained a much needed World Cup ticket to Russia from a deadly group (B) fixture, comprising of Cameroun, Algeria and Zambia. Five (5) days later we are on the news again, this time International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Fédération internationale de basket-ball, has release it’s latest ranking yesterday been Thursday 12th October, and Nigeria’s D’Tigers are now ranked number 1 in Africa.

Despite finishing second at the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket held in Tunisia last month, D’Tigers moved up 10 places but are ranked 26th in the world. The Nigerian men’s team has 211.3 points to become Africa’s best team. Angola, who also dropped 10 points, are second with 198.7 points but are 33rd in the world while Senegal are in third position with 178.2 points and 36th in the world ranking.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Tourism: as a Subject in Secondary Schools

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The Deputy Director, Domestic Tourism in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Patricia Narai, said plans had been concluded to introduce tourism as a subject at senior secondary school level. Ms. Narai said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja. “The Nigerian Educational Development Council has proposed 34 trades and identified tourism as one of the trades to be thought at the entrepreneurship level.

“So students from SS I to SS III will soon start studying tourism and at that level they can come out successful and establish a tourism business of their own. “And they can also further their education on that line. “What is left now is the approval, and am sure that soon, the curriculum will be out and the students will start studying tourism,” Ms. Narai said. On its impact, the deputy director said the students would be empowered with skills and knowledge on tourism and hospitality.

She maintained that after graduation from secondary school, such a person could become a tour guide, event manager, visa professional or get employment in the tourism and hospitality sector. “This is because he or she would have acquired the needed skills and knowledge to effectively carry out responsibilities that will encourage tourists and boost the positive image of the country.”

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

NATOP: Advocate Domestic Tourism Patronage

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From 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977 which was the first time Nigeria held its largest domestic tourism festival and which happens to be biggest cultural gathering in Africa ever, even until to this day. The past few weeks bear evidence that the call for Nigerians to embrace travel within their country is being heeded. Advocates for domestic tourism believe there is no better time to explore Nigeria’s natural beauties and promote its cultural heritage.

Prominent among these advocates are the tour operators through the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP). Obviously, they get to benefit immensely from a vibrant and thriving tourism industry in Nigeria. The umbrella body for tour operators marked World Tourism Day (September 27) by reenergizing old members while also absorbing a new breed of technological-driventravel entrepreneurs into its fold. The medium was an eye-opening and therapeutic cruise of the Lagos Lagoon and the Five Cowrie Creek.

The cruise took in views of Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Banana Island and Lekki, with the iconic Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge one of many picture-worthy moments. Iddo, Idumota, the Lagos Marina and the Apapa port were other locations participants got to see from a different perspective on their way to an island strip where they paid a courtesy call on a traditional ruler before experiencing a couple of beach resorts.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Sustainable Tourism Tool for Development

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LAI Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has said that sustainability is absolutely necessary if tourism is to achieve its full potentials, which include being a catalyst for economic growth and poverty eradication. In a statement issued in London, on Wednesday to mark the 2017 World Tourism Day, the minister said without sustainability, tourism could not generate benefits to all stakeholders, solve serious problems such as extreme poverty, and preserve precious natural and man-made resources on which human prosperity is based.

Referring to the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, which is ‘Sustainable Tourism – Tool for Development’, he said member States of the UN World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, are encouraged to make sure that their policies and actions for tourism development and management fully embrace the principles of sustainability. ”The sustainability principles refer to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, and a suitable balance must be established among these three dimensions to guarantee its long-term sustainability,” Mohammed said. He said that in the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, the United Nations General Assembly designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, underscoring its power to help eradicate poverty.

”Tourism was singled out in three of the 17 Sustainable Development, Goals of sustainable economic growth and decent employment, sustainable production and consumption, and the conservation and sustainable use of oceans (Goals 8,12 & 14). ”Today, tourism generates 10% of the world’s GDP, one in every 10 jobs, and 30% of world trade in services. It is key to many countries’ economies and livelihoods. It has evolved from an industry engaged in and patronized only by the rich and elites of the society, to an industry enjoyed by all with significant impact on the nation’s economy.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Lawyers Oppose States’ Regulation of Hotels

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Can the National Assembly make a law on an issue already decided by the Supreme Court? No, say senior lawyers. They argue that the Senate’s bid to empower a federal agency to regulate hotel operations and related businesses was contrary to a Supreme Court judgment on the matter. Legal experts have faulted the Senate’s bid to amend the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Act of 1992. The Bill for the amendment provides, among others, that the federal agency would be vested with regulatory powers over hotels and related businesses. But, senior lawyers have argued that passing the law with the provision would be in direct conflict with a Supreme Court verdict, which has settled the issue, and must, therefore, be rejected.

The background

NTDC’s functions include registering, classifying, grading and regulating all hotels, motels, hospitality and tourism enterprises, and tour operators. However, in 2003, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the Hotel Licensing Law, which was amended in 2010, and gazetted on July 20, 2010. In 2009, Lagos published a public notice stating that registration of hotels and tourism related establishments in the state was the exclusive responsibility of its Ministry of Tourism.

There was, thus, a conflict between the Lagos law and the NTDC Act’s mandate. NTDC subsequently issued a public notice advising all operators of hotels and tourism companies to disregard the notice issued by Lagos. As a way of resolving the issue, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), on behalf of the Federal Government, filed an action at the Supreme Court against Attorney-General of Lagos State by way of originating summons. He challenged the validity of the laws enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00


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What keep businesses ahead of others in a stiff and competitive market is innovation, meaning doing things in a different way.  Most Hotels nowadays are gradually inculcating the idea of fitness centres in their premises to meet the physical health needs of their clients, because it is assumed that health attract wealth. So next time you check into a hotel don’t forget to visit the gym section for your exercise. Fitness centres have become the new ‘gold' in the hospitality industry, with a recently published Hospitality Report Nigeria by Jumia Travel showing the gym as one of the most sought after amenities by customers booking a hotel stay.

The growing trend from home based fitness programmes to local fitness memberships now includes the need for travelers to keep fit even when on their trips, be it leisure or business. In this regard, most hotels have adopted to the trend and incorporated gym/fitness facilities in their properties, while those with existing ones have gone a notch higher to renovate in a bid to create a better impression.

As the head of customer service for Jumia Travel Nigeria, Omolara Adagunodo ascertains: “The percentage of our customers often enquiring the inclusion of a gym or fitness facility is overwhelmingly high. Some are concerned about keeping up with their workout routine while on the road, while others are purely on a wellness trip and, therefore, have a fitness facility as a priority. We have but to refer and recommend only hotels that have the capacity to meet their needs.”

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