Wednesday April 16th, 2014
Wednesday April 16th, 2014
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Onikan museum: Place where history comes alive

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:26 am   /   Comments

Late Gen. Murtala Muhammed’s  Benz

It is often said that a race that forgets its past will sooner die, and that a glimpse of our past gives an insight into what we are today and even potential future. A visit to the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos recently brings to life all of the leaders that have one way or the other shaped the history of Nigeria.

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Nigeria is corporate destination, Gambia leisure destination – Wozniak

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:09 am   /   Comments

General Manager, Sheraton Hotel and Spa, the Gambia, Marc Wozniak, is an experience hotelier who has spent over three decades in the hospitality industry. Before berthing in the Gambia in 2011, he has worked in Europe, US, UK, Asia, Africa with renowned brands like Starwood, Intercontinental, Regeant, Accor, LHW, Boutique and Independent Hotels.

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Cooking is an art – Chef Ojo

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:05 am   /   Comments

He took interest in cooking while staying with one of his brothers where he did all the cooking. He later went for training in Catering and today, Taiwo Ojo, is the Senior Chef at the Lagos Airport Hotel. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE, he shares his experience as a chef among other issues. Excerpt:

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Don stresses need to harness traditional system for good governance

  /   in Travel & Tourism 8:23 pm   /   Comments

Prof. Shamsudeen Amali, the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, has urged the Federal Government to harness Nigeria’s traditional system in the quest for good governance.

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Hotel business in Nigeria is lucrative – Adenigba

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:04 am   /   Comments

The General Manager of Lagos Airport Hotel, Kayode Adenigba, is a seasoned administrator and hotelier. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the country’s hospitality industry as well as the gains and the challenges of hospitality industry. Here is an excerpt.

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Disappointments at Mile 2 park as people travel for Christmas

  /   in Travel & Tourism 8:09 pm   /   Comments

Xmas-travellers

It is another Christmas again, excitements everywhere as people are expecting the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Tourist areas, beaches, amusement parks, cinemas, all fully decorated and filled with fun, excitement and merriment.

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Carnival Rivers: Celebration of the tribes

  /   in Travel & Tourism 8:52 pm   /   Comments

Former Miss Nigeria, Agbani Darego (left); Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State (second left); Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru (second right) and deputy gov’s wife, Mina, during the Garden City freestyle parade, in Port Harcourt.

This year’s Rivers State carnival, CARNIRIV, which ended last weekend in Port Harcourt metropolis was many things- music, colour, movement, but above all, it was the spectacle of the tribes.

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Colour, glamour at Abuja carnival

  /   in Travel & Tourism 8:25 pm   /   Comments

Some of the participants at the carnival

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, captured the essence of the annual Abuja Carnival that ended Tuesday night at the Eagle Square in the Federal Capital, when he said “The laudable dreams that gave birth to the carnival have continued to motivate its annual celebration, anchored on the recognition that there exists a nexus between culture and the economic and technological growth of a nation.

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Nollywood industry confirms as leading promoter of Nigeria tourism

  /   in Travel & Tourism 3:14 am   /   Comments

File photo: Nigeria’s stand at a tourism fair

About 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international journalists from all over the world gathered last week in Custom House, ExCel, and London for the biggest travel and tourism event, the World Travel Market (WTM).

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CARNIRIV 2012 to celebrate Port Harcourt’s centenary

  /   in Travel & Tourism 11:05 pm   /   Comments

This year’s edition of the River State carnival, CARNIRIV, will be a commemorative edition, and it has been titled CARNIRIV 2012 Port Harcourt 100 Edition in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the existence of Port Harcourt.

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ICPT admits Nigeria into its board

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The innovations and aggressive promotion of Nigeria’s tourist destinations have earned the country a place on the International Council for the Promotion of Tourism (ICPT).

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Moribund Sunborn Yacht Hotel sets sail soon

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:10 am   /   Comments

The moribund Sunborn Yacht Hotel

CONTROVERSIAL Sunburn Yacht Hotel, bought from England and moored at the Marina Beach front, in Lagos few years back, described as the “Pride of London and Great Britain,” but which has been lying as the “waste of Lagos” due to its present derelict state, is expected to leave the shores of Lagos soon.

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What you did not know about Osun Osogbo

  /   in Travel & Tourism, Viewpoint 12:12 am   /   Comments

Osun Oshogbo: A festival of many colors

The Osun Osogbo annual international festival is a celebration of culture and fulfillment of the pledge between a people and a goddess. It underscores a long history that revolves around early settlers of the town, Osogbo, who came very close to a river as a result of drought from their initial place of dwelling; hence they decided to settle in the thick forest.

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South Africa: Unending allure of the rainbow nation

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:16 am   /   Comments

South African female cultural dancers

SAWUBONA!” I tried my limited knowledge of Zulu language on the driver of the tour bus that met us at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday 30 August.“Nikoona,” he enthused in reply. I was not done yet.

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Langham Hotel: ’140 years old, yet modern’

  /   in Travel & Tourism 1:29 am   /   Comments

The Langham hotel

THE Langham Hotel, London has remained focus to the ideal behind its construction as an elegant, glamorous and grand hotel in 1865. It has also not lost the legendary afternoon tea served at the dazzling Palm Court that has remained its signature for over 140 years.

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Culinary is lifestyle, not just profession – Preidelt

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:07 am   /   Comments

Thomas Preidelt

Thomas Preidelt, an Austrian , came to Transcorp Hilton Hotel , Abuja as Executive Chef recently with wealth of experience spanning over ten years as Sous Chef with Langham Hilton Hotel, London. He also worked as Executive Chef in Munich City and Poland.

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Obtaining Nigeria e-passport

  /   in Consular Advisory, Travel & Tourism 6:30 pm   /   Comments

Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs. Rose Uzoma

Possession of a Nigeria passport is undoubtedly imperative for every Nigeria citizen, either in readiness for an intended travel outside the Country or as proof to show that he/she is a bonafide citizen of Nigeria.

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Obi of Idumeje-Unor: Longest reigning King shares his secrets

  /   in Metro, Travel & Tourism 8:00 am   /   Comments

Obi

Virtue is the one and only nobility, according to Juvenal, a Roman poet. That was what flashed through my mind when an 88 year-old monarch, Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, the Obi of the ancient kingdom of Idumeje-Unor in Aniocha North local government area of Delta State began to share the secret behind his longevity, why he is waxing stronger day by day despite his age.

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Obudu cattle ranch has the best landscape – Dantata

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:21 am   /   Comments

Obudu cattle ranch

Before his appointment as the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Dr. Munzali Dantata, has been a major player in the tourism industry in Nigeria. He once headed the powerful National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents (NANTA) and later the President of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) from where he was appointed to head NIHOTOUR. As a a consummate specialist in the hospitality business, he shares his traveling experience with JIMOH BABATUNDE. Here is an excerpt:

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Olumo Rock: Egbas’ shelter, fortress

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:28 am   /   Comments

Front view of the Olumo Rock tourist complex

Imagine blasting a rock and instead of the normal powder eruption, what you have is pus and blood gushing out. That is one of the mysteries associated with the Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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Leboku festival to boost tourism, agriculture

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CALABAR – IN a bid to continue its leadership position in tourism development in the country, the Cross River State Government is using the Leboku International New Yam Festival to boost the state’s tourism initiative as well as promote agricultural cultivation in the state.

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I can’t travel without my cap, walking stick – Amachree

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:17 am   /   Comments

Chief Mike Amachree

CHIEF Mike Amachree, a foremost tourism practitioner and elder statesman, became a professional in tourism in 1973 when he established Buguma Club in his hometown. The social club later moved to Port Harcourt where he ventured into hospitality business since 1976 till today.

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Osun sacred grove: Beyond the festival

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:34 am   /   Comments

The first palace of the king of Osogbo within  the grove

Since 1370 AD, when the people of Osogbo began the celebration of the Osun goddess, the annual Osun Osogbo festival has come to be regarded as a major event in the country’s tourism calendar.

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My clients determine my travel destinations – Trevor Ward

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:20 am   /   Comments

Trevor Ward

Trevor is the Managing Director of the W Hospitality Group with offices in the UK, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Angola. In addition, he is one of the Africa representatives for TourismROI, the world’s premier Travel & Tourism management and investment resource.

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Hard times await touts at Passport Office in Festac

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:06 am   /   Comments

Getting the Nigerian green passport had always been difficult for business and leisure travelers at the Nigeria Immigration Service’s offices in Lagos.

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Taking lesson on falconry at the desert

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:00 am   /   Comments

Tourists watching the falcon display at the desert (Inset) vehicles doing the dune bashing

A visit to Dubai is not complete for most people without a safari tour where a mysterious desert beckons tourists for a magical evening out. Jimoh Babatunde joined other tourists to experience how the sun descends into the horizon around the enchanting show of falconry…

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FG, Group, launch 50 million Tourism Photo competition

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:05 am   /   Comments

FEDERAL Government last week, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in conjunction with Romarox Resources Limited launched a N50 million National Tourism Photo competition.

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Competition stimulates services in hotel business – Golden Tulip GM

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:28 am   /   Comments

Nino Miseo, Tulip GM

The new General Manager of the Golden Tulip Festac Hotel, Nino Miseo, says competition by major brands in the hospitality industry helps it to grow. The 62 years old Italian says his second coming into Nigeria after his first stint at the Imo Concord Casino Hotel, Owerri between 1983 and 1986, is to bring to bare the experience he has gathered all over the world.

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Igun Street: Where creativity is guarded

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Benin Bronze

As one enters the Igun street through the arched gateway with the inscription, “Home of Guild of Benin Bronze Casters: World Heritage Site”, one is assailed by popular Benin bronze works of the kings and queens and other notable royalties as well as other artistic motif on display at various shops.

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Sarner PFM mobilises fund for Deltaleisure

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:21 am   /   Comments

Artistic impression of the Deltaleisure Resort, Oleri

Delta state is one of the states in Nigeria that have put in place, structures to harness the benefit of tourism to its people with the planned ambitious Delta leisure resorts in Oleri and Ogwashi Uku.

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Players question authenticity of DV lottery

  /   in Travel & Tourism 7:41 pm   /   Comments

THE US DV lottery which, according to the US Department of State, was initiated to afford citizens of countries who are under represented in America, the opportunity for easy migration, has continued to attract criticisms and complaints from dissatisfied applicants.

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Lagos reveals plans for 2012 carnival

  /   in Travel & Tourism 12:34 am   /   Comments

Masquerade dancing on water

Lagos state government has promised that the 3rd edition of the Black Heritage Festival will be an enjoyable family outing for the residents and tourists, stressing that it is looking forward to handing over the planning and sponsorship of the festival to the private sector soon.

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