Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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NASS: A look at the bloated tourism allocation

  /   in Travel & Tourism 11:59 pm   /   Comments

*National Assembly

As the National Assembly resumes sitting next week, one of the key issues the legislators are expected to address is the consideration and passage of the budget proposal for 2014 fiscal year sent to them by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Co-coordinating Minister for Economy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

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I’ve not been brave enough to eat bush meat — Chef Reid

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The Sunday brunch of the InterContinental Hotel, Lagos has become so popular among Lagosians and guests that you find people queuing up before the restaurant opens at noon every weekend. The man behind the delicacies people are queuing up to taste is no less a Scottish, Austen Reid, the Executive Chef . In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE, he gives an insight into his journey into cookery and the joy of being one. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

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Cross River rekindles undying spirits with carnival

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Despite the intensity of the sun, the people of Calabar and tourists that throng the state for the annual Calabar festival started gathering at the millennium park as early as 8 am for the flag off the Carnival Calabar.

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UAC backs Calabar carnival

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*Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke declaring Calabar 2012  Carnival open.

As the Calabar festival climaxes today with Africa’s biggest street party, the Carnival Calabar, featuring the five senior bands – Bayside, Passion4, Masta Blaster, Seagull and Freedom, UAC Foods has thrown its weight behind it.

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Gambia needs more investment to attract tourists —Lombardo

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The miles of empty white sand beaches of the Gambia attract tourists from around the globe seeking rest and relaxation. To complement the country’s numerous unspoiled beaches is Kairaba Beach hotel.

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Nigerians see tourism as dance, not business — Ogbuewu

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One time Minister of Tourism, Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu, said that Nigerians do not seem to understand the economic importance of tourism and culture to the country.

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CARNIRIV 2013 climaxes as Amaechi lists carnival benefits

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As this year’s Port Harcourt Carnival (CARNIRIV 2013) climaxes this weekend, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said that the event offered immense opportunities for small and medium enterprises to thrive.

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Nigerian tourists deserve the best – Edem Duke

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:50 am   /   Comments

The Minister Of Culture & Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke has called on Emirates Airlines to ensure that Nigerians travellers were treated in good faith and with high level of dignity stressing that Nigerian passengers were premier products to the world.

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Igbo Uturu cultural carnival beckons

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It is celebration time and one of the busiest periods in the Nigeria tourism calendar with most of the communities, tourist attractions and leisure spots across the country in celebration mood, a prelude to hosting the different annual festivals.

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Why hotels are expensive in Nigeria —Patterson

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An international hotelier, Jonathan Patterson, has attributed the high cost of hotel rooms in Nigeria to market forces as the country is a popular destination.

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Eko Hotels builds Signature with N2.5bn

  /   in Business, Travel & Tourism 5:54 pm   /   Comments

Signature

An additional 171 suites, that is estimated to have cost N2.5 billion, has been added by the owners of the Eko Hotel & Suites to its existing 654 suites.

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The Achebes without their patriarch in US

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Providence Station, Rhode Island. I am sitting in the arrival hall of this very busy train station on this warm October afternoon amidst the clutter of my baggage of clothes, books and a roll up banner of ARIK AIR, the sponsor of the second leg of my ‘US COAST TO COAST READING TOUR’.

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Emirates commission Nigerian tour operators

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As a way of consolidating on the growing numbers of Nigerians visiting the United Arab Emirates, the leisure arm of the Emirates Airline, has concluded plans to commissioned four Nigeria tour operators to packaged exclusive tours to the emirates. Emirates Airline’s Manager for West Africa, Manoj Nair, who disclosed this in a chat with journalists

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Abuja carnival: Nigerians decry low turnout

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Some of the participants at the carnival

… call for proper funding BABATUNDE JIMOH & CALEB AYANSINA Unprecedented crowd in the past used to line up the carnival routes of Abuja city to catch glimpse of the best of Nigeria culture on parade during the annual Abuja carnival that was initiated by Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime to promote Nigeria tourism. But that  crowd

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Robben Island Prison: A peep into Mandela’s cell

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*Nelson Mandela’s cell in Block B, always kept neat

And one of the inmates who made the prison to attract global attention was prisoner 466/64, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela, referred to as Madiba or Tata (Father of the nation), who was later to become President of South Africa, spent 18 of his 27- year jail term in Robben Island prison. He never gave up. The bold inscription on the walls of the docking area, THE HUMAN SPIRIT CANNOT BE MENACLED, or another, THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, are testaments to the struggle and the never-say-die mentality of Mandela and his other freedom fighters during the anti-apartheid struggle. Even the very voluble and rambunctious President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, as well as the immediate past president of the same country, Thabo Mbeki’s father, served various jail terms on the island.

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Why I love leisure travels to business — Mwichuli

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Sylvia Mwichuli

Ms Sylvia Mwichuli, is a Kenyan national and the Director of Communications and Public Affairs with Alliance for
Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a body that brings together governments, private sector, civil society and farmers to develop stable, sustainable growth for Africa’s smallholder farmers.

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Nigerians, high net worth tourists – Duke

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:13 am   /   Comments

Culture & Tourism Minister, Edem Duke

…as UNWTO places emphasis on youth tourism
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke has called on countries around the world to accord greater respect to Nigerians, who travel around the world for several legitimate reasons, describing them as high net worth tourists.

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Nigeria’s jollof rice great – Menard

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Menard

Marlene Menard works with the United States Government. She has worked in several countries of the world in the course of her duty. Now, she works with the Office of Marine Conservation (OMC) in Washington DC. OMC is a part of the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). Menard was in Nigeria for the first time recently as part of the team that came for re-certification of Nigeria’s fishery and Shrimps industry. In this interview, she shares her travel experience. Excerpt:

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Ife celebrates Oranmiyan festival

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The ancient city of Ile Ife will be agog Monday as the three day celebration of Oranmiyan, arguably the most deified of the whole Yoruba deities, begins.

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Exploring tourist attractions in Nigeria’s national parks

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:02 am   /   Comments

Nigeria Tourism Village in South Africa held at Zoo Lake Sports Club, Park-wood, Johannesburg, South Africa . Photo by Sylva Eleanya

Some countries in Africa that have leveraged on tourism as source of foreign exchange revenue often do so through promotion of their tourist attractions with safaris photographs showing exotic floral and fauna.

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Tourism identified as key sector for trade

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Zulu dancers from South Africa

The developmental impact and potential of tourism was highlighted at the World Trade Organization’s Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva.

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No room for lazy people in hospitality business — Okusi

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Okusi

Taibat Morenike Okusi is an all rounder in the hospitality industry in Nigeria, having served in all sections ranging from front office to house keeping before berthing in the kitchen. The Ogun State born chef grew up always wanting to be a cook, so it was not surprising that she bagged degrees in Hotel and Catering Management from Kwara state Polytechnic and Ogun state university. As one of the senior executive chefs at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Okusi in this interview, shares her experience and what it takes to be a good chef. Here is an excerpt:

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Nigerians now book dinner online — Sheraton boss

  /   in Travel & Tourism 8:59 pm   /   Comments

General Manager, Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Mr. Alexander Gassauer, has disclosed that Nigerians have started imbibing the culture of booking dinning tables online.

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FG loses power to regulate hotel, restaurant businesses in States

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Culture & Tourism Minister, Edem Duke

The Supreme Court sitting in Abuja Friday held that it is only a State House of Assembly that can make laws on tourism, licensing and grading of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in a state.

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New tourism brand represents Nigerian best – Jonathan

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:15 am   /   Comments

vice President Namadi Sambo with Tourism Minister, Chief Edem Duke  and other dignitaries at the  unveiling of the Fascinating Nigeria Brand in Abuja.

As Nigeria prepares to join leading countries of the world that have been able to attract tourists with a strong brand identity, President Goodluck Jonathan said that the choice of ‘Fascinating Nigeria’ as the nation’s tourism brand identity was far-reaching as it represented the nation warmth, nature and rhythm.

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preparations for Osun-Osogbo festival in top gear

  /   in Travel & Tourism 11:30 pm   /   Comments

The people of Osogbo are set to host the world again in August as preparation for this year’s Osun Osogbo festival has begun in earnest.

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Ikogosi warm spring: Nature’s gift to mankind

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Ikogosi warm spring

FOR anybody that knows Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State before Donald Duke’s administration and the transformation that took place later will not doubt the will power to make a change.

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Why UK is working and Nigeria is not

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Dancers perform with the British national flag in front of the Buckingham Palace in London as the Olympic Flame is to arrive on July 26, 2012 for a torch relay on the eve of the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. AFP PHOTO

It appears nothing manmade on earth is new that the creator had not hitherto bestowed on nature. Our textiles are modeled after butterflies, sub-marines took after whales, our war strategies sourced from wild animals and their intrigues for survival, limousines shaped after reptiles.

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Power still a challenge to hoteliers – MD, Airport Hotel

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:06 am   /   Comments

Managing Director, Lagos Airport Hotel, Mr Kayode Adenigba, has said the hospitality industry in the country is faced by multifarious infrastructural challenges of which that of power is a major one.

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Jordanian’s airline begins Nigeria flights

  /   in Travel & Tourism 11:04 pm   /   Comments

The first flight of Royal Jordanian Airways landed in Lagos Wednesday morning marking the commencement of a regular service between Amman and Lagos thereby raising the number of the RJ destinations to 61 spanning over four continents.

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Expert urges FG to revive neglected tourism sites

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A tourism expert, Prof. Oladele Falade, has urged the Federal Government to provide more funds to revive activities in some tourism sites across the country.

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Centenary celebration’ll enhance nation’s unity, peace – Minister

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The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke, on Tuesday said the country’s centenary celebration is another means of promoting unity and peace in the country.

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