Foreign diplomats are expected to grace this year’s edition of the Akwaaba African Travel Market, just as World Bank has reportedly confirmed its participation.
Three foreign ministers from Ghana and Gambia will join Sir Dawda Jawara the former president of the Gambia, Dr Danny Jordaan CEO of FIFA World Cup 2010 and Prof Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities are also being expected at the travel fair which kicks off next week in Lagos.
Mr. Ikechi Uko, CEO of the Travel show, in a release made available to Vanguard said New York based Africa Travel Association will participate at the board level. As there will be awards for airlines, Travel agents and pioneers at the Award Dinner to be graced by African Ambassadors and the first female airline Captain Irene Mutungi of Kenya Airways.
According to him, the 2010 edition of Akwaaba African Travel Market will be the largest gathering of World Class Hotels in West Africa as all major international hotel chains and brand hotels that operate in the region are all booked to exhibit at show.
Akwaaba; African Travel Market is the only international Travel Fair in West Africa, a population of 270 million people with 15 countries, numerous airports and the largest number of travellers in Africa.
Over the last 5 years Aftm has become the most important travel marketing platform in the region drawing attendance from over 20 countries, including 12 foreign Airlines and leading African hotel chains. It is open to all as it is “where Africa meets the world”. Akwaaba has been designated by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as the official travel exhibition in Nigeria.
Akwaaba is the only Face to face marketing platform for travel companies in the whole region. It is a known fact that Travel expos are the lifeblood of the Travel industries and provide the most powerful opportunity to do a lot of things including amongst others.
The government of Ghana is said to be coming with a full complement of Tour operators and cultural troupe just as The Gambia repeats it huge campaign started last year.
The success of AfTM attracted the presence of the former President of the Gambia Sir Dawda Jawara, the former Secretary General of the British Commonwealth Sir Emeka Anyaoku and the former Vice president of Nigeria, Sir Alex Ekwueme as guests among over 10,000 visitors that attended the event last year.
“The organizers of Akwaaba are delighted to belong to the well respected and influential group of global exhibitions represented by ITTFA,” comments Mr Ikechi Uko, CEO of the organising company.
“This membership offers us an opportunity to network, learn and operate amongst shows of the highest standards. It offers us the opportunity to provide our audience with the combined experience of our peers in the association thus bringing to the shores of West Africa global best practices in the exhibition business. place in Africa, integrating the African Travel practitioners into the global community.”