Friday November 28th, 2014
Friday November 28th, 2014
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The bold and loud Brazilian Lagos!

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:06 am   /   Comments

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From Bourdillion Road, through Falomo, to Awolowo Road, Ikoyi before berthing at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) the colours of the participants at the Lagos carnival 2014, called LASGIDI, on Easter Monday, reflected the glory of the rising sun and the variegated hues of the setting sun as they danced all the way.

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Why we are targeting Nigerian tourists — GM, Jordan Tourism

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To many the site where Jesus was baptised is in Israel, but the site has been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

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Technology gives us edge over other hotels — Uzuagu

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:42 am   /   Comments

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In today’s Internet environment, when consumers can be their own booking agent by evaluating reviews and prices of hotels online, hotel owners are battling for competition while investing in state-of-the art-technology equipment

In this interview with Emeka Aginam, the Chief Executive Officer of EU Demordern Hotels & Suits, Ernest Uzuagu, says the success of hotels often depends on how it utilizes key factors like customer service, technology, cost control and product differentiation. Excerpt:

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‘It is never boring watching Dophins on River Gambia’

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Rachel Joyce is a Briton who feels at home in Africa. She runs the Pleasure Sports Gambia, the operator of a cruising boat on River Gambia. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE during a cruise to Juffureh and Port James Island, the ancestral home of Kunta Kinte, she shares her travelling experience. Excerpt :

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Lagos Water Regatta set for Easter Sunday, promises fun fill event

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*A dancer troupe CARNIRIV

Lagosians home and abroad will once again converge at the waterfront pier on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi Lagos on Easter Sunday for the 5th edition of the Lagos Water Regatta; a fun filled water-based cultural sporting and recreational activity put together to showcase the aquatic splendour of the state.

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Our plan is to make Gambia year round destination – Joof

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:35 am   /   Comments

*Makasutu Culture Forest is located about 5 km to the north east of Brikama.It is a private eco-tourist reserve which is open to the public for full or half-day cultural guided eco-tours of the forest. Within the reserve there is the 5 star luxury eco-tourist lodge called Mandina Lodges which is right on the tributary within lush bush mangroves.

Since 1965 when a party of 300 Swedish tourists visited the Gambia, the tourism industry has grown tremendously making the sector a major income earner, but this is still a far cry from what the government wants to achieve.

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Domestic tourism: Mexico promises to work with NTDC

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The Mexico’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Marco Blanco has disclosed that his country is ready to partner with Nigeria to fast-track the development of tourism in the country.

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Jordan targets Nigeria’s religious tourists

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:16 am   /   Comments

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The Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board, Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, has disclosed that they are working hard to ease visa processing for Nigerians as they intend marketing the religious sites in Jordan.

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Ikeji festival: A boost to Nigeria’s culture

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:23 am   /   Comments

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In most villages in Nigeria, festivals are quite inevitable because they go a long way in entertaining and uniting the villagers. Some festivals, on the otherhand, have the capacity to draw attention from neighbouring villages or far beyond that. One of such is the Ikeji festival.

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Why we open S/African tourism office in Lagos — Van Schalkwyk

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:12 am   /   Comments

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Aside from being one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism can actually help to create better understanding between people.This was the submission of the South African Tourism Minister, Mr. Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, at the opening of the country’s Tourism Marketing office in Lagos recently.

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Technology gives us edge over other hotels —Coeln

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:12 am   /   Comments

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Didier Coeln, General Manager of the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos has been in the hospitality industry for the past 25 years. In this chat with JIMOH BABATUNDE, Coeln  revealed how he came into the industry and how he got to where he is  today. He said having travelled in many countries within Africa and

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Uturu cultural carnival: Celebrating indomitable spirit of Ndi Igbo

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:00 am   /   Comments

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THE four days communal feast, which was celebrated at the convocation arena of Gregory University Uturu (GUU), for many reasons was very significant and has different appeal from the Calabar festival or any such event across the country.

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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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 6:15 pm   /   Comments

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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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:58 am   /   Comments

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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

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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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 10:25 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:14 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 2:00 am   /   Comments

*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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:10 am   /   Comments

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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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:34 am   /   Comments

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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

  /   in Travel & Tourism 7:40 pm   /   Comments

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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