Category Archives: TOURISM

SPOTLIGHT: Travel House Budget Hotel

 

 

 

By Godfrey Igboin 

 


LAGOS STATE, LEKKI
 ㅡ In this sphere of the economic Capital of the West African Sub-region, hotels are everywhere and one of them is a destination of choice ㅡTravel House Budget Hotel where all it requires for a stay here is a token from your  financial strength and this is to help travelers/guests find hospitality very friendly.

Flowers, rich and beauteous things in the fullness of the earth, beautifies the environment ensuring it is very hospitable and stands out in pride.

More interesting to know is, opposite Travel House Budget Hotel is a destination restaurantㅡMega Chicken, where food for royals are aplenty in varieties. validly, this encourages a stay of no-worries as regards food here.

A grandeur of Comfort evident in the rooms, give an absolute relaxation helpful to the body and mind.

Owing to its being managed by the MP Hotels, THBH has a neat bit of ambience that is pleasant.

Derek Andre Hanekom, Minister of Tourism – South Africa visits Nigeria 2018 

 
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) commission for Africa held its 61st Regional Tourism Conference from 4th – 5th June 2018 in Abuja, Capital City of Nigeria. It was an honour to welcome the Honourable Minister of Tourism — South Africa; Derek Andre Hanekom for his first time visit to Nigeria where he attended the conference and joined over 20 Ministers and 500 delegates from 34 countries at the conference.
Following his introductory meeting with Nigeria trade & media at Indaba earlier in April 2018, the minister alongside Consul General of SA in Lagos, Amb. Darkey Africa hosted guests from the Media, Trade and Stakeholders in Lagos, Nigeria to an Exclusive dinner in Lagos, Radisson — Ikeja on the 6th of June 2018.
South Africa Tourism Trade and Relations Manager: West Africa, Mr Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa who stood in for the Hub Head, Mr Hloni Pitso who was on study leave, welcomed and introduced the Minister, Consul General and invited guest.
The Honourable tourism minister then opened up the floor to discussions by requesting an open and transparent dialogue on the tourism sector, with focus on the flow of traffic between West Africa and South Africa. Guests enjoyed a savoury South African inspired 3 course dinner, though the Minister himself insisted on a local Nigerian dish. With the enjoyable experiences and stories shared across the night it was unanimous that South Africa is the ultimate holiday destination, rich in taste, culture and experiences.
The Stakeholders and key Trade travel partners engaged with and discussed the re-occurring challenges of visa processing as one of the key issues which hinders the over-all experience of Nigeria’s travel to South Africa.
The minister assured all present that much was being done to address the challenges that hinders the growth of tourism, he said.
“There is much being done to ease the South Africa Visa issues in Nigeria. We are working towards eventually having an e-visa regime. We want to modernize the systems and ease the burdens. In the interim we will be working on recognizing valid visa’s from other countries such as USA, UK, etc so that Nigerians with such visas will be given leniency. Africa is indeed open for business, and offers a world of opportunities.”
The Consul General re-affirmed the position on Visas, he said “We are aware of the Visa situation and are working towards resolving them with the from home Affairs.” He further urged applicants to submit applications on time and with sufficient supporting documents.
The meeting played a key role in solidifying the Unification of West Africa and South Africa, with much being done to strengthen areas of synergy between the two nations.
The Minister reassured all present that much was being done and procedures are already in place for a seamless Visa process for West Africa. He requested for the CG—Amb. Darkey Africa to kindly and immediately work on reviewing the Visa processes and also specifically to immediately address the issues around visa durations for applicants, especially for repeat travelers.
The Stakeholders thanked the CG for always having an open door policy and the minister for the opportunity to collaborate on the advancement of tourism and relations between the two nations.
On closing, Minister Hanekom continues to promote unity and a two way traffic of tourism between the two countries, he called for greater regional co-operation and for us all to work together to ensure ease of travel and the continued growth of tourism across the continent. He urges us to continue to spread the magic of Africa.

 

Tourism guru Adeyemo is PPN’s deputy governorship candidate

 

By Ayo Omotoso

The searchlight beam of political adventure spotlighted the arena of tourism industry recently as the tourism guru, Omooba Adekunle Adeyemo, Chief Operations Officer,  LA Campagne Tropicana and Motherland Beckons, has been announced as the Deputy governorship candidate to Ambassador Dare Bejide under the People’s Party of Nigeria, PPN.

Adeyemo who is an erstwhile Chieftain of APC in Ekiti State, got a call from Ambassador Bejide on Tuesday 29, May 2018 that brought to his consent his being a running mate to the former Ambassador to Canada and also the SSG under governor Segun Oni’s administration.

Adeyemo disclosed to Travelogue that he is set to pursue an aggressive agro-tourism development agenda that will achieve food security and make Ekiti the food basket of the nation.

He added that he will make the state the number one tourism destination in Nigeria based on her unique ecotourism development.

Park Inn by Radisson: A beauteous Hospitality of Class

Pictorial Adventures in South Africa

By Ayo Omotoso

A group of media exponents and Tour Operators in the West African sub-region were invited for an adventurous exploration of South Africa’s tourism delights and it was a never-had-before experience.

Organized by the South Africa Tourism SAT, the adventure brought us into the know of the Eco-friendly tourism environment and the thrills in the luxury of hospitality destinations that was aplenty.

Without doubt, tourism in South Africa is a destination for adventures that registers in the mind a no-fading-away experience.

Overtime SAT has evidently exercised its commitment to promoting the prosperity of its nation and  this they have shown through promoting tourism and this is further validated by the magnitude of the beauty in the skyline of rainbow tourism activities that we were enabled to explore.

The delights were very visible in every ramifications—the masterpiece of infrastructure is a wonder and you can see the road network even from the airport.

In the interest of sharing, I bring to you my esteemed readers, moments from the exploration in pictures below.

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Photo credit: Kola Oshalusi, is a leading Photographer in Nigeria…www.kolaoshalusi.com

You are the superstar of the superstars, You have done what bob marley & co have done, Today he is my father…Agata Amata, KSB, Showkey, Ekpeyong-Bassey, eulogise Kimono @60

 

By Godfrey Igboin
Lovers of this genre and few fans of the father of Reggae music, Fabled Ras Kimono, came out to dance, wine and jolly with the icon of great virtues who is chief in the mention of those who stirred up originality in the history of Nigerian music. He was given an epic celebration on Wednesday 9th of May, 2018 at the Times Square event centre with tributes from Agata Amata, Kenny Saint Brown, Daddy Showkey, Keppy Ekpeyong-Bassey and many others
This celebration of life brought together renowned individuals from  the spheres of Entertainment and media world.
Some notable faces at the celebration include Media Entrepreneur,Agata Amata; Kennis Music First Lady, Kenny Saint Brown; Oritz Williki; Sir Shina Peters; Bisi Olatilo; Eddy Montana; Daddy Showkey; Alariwo; among others.
Other personalities at the party righteous priest, Dede Mabiaku, Kunle Ogunbawo, Comedian Koffi, Mumagee, Tony Okoroji, Funso Adeolu and Keppy Ekpeyong-Bassey.
In a separate tribute, Nigerian media entrepreneur Agata Amata, First Lady Kenny Saint Brown of Kennis Music, Daddy Showkey and Keppy Ekpeyong-Bassey eulogised the fabled Ras Kimono.
“you have done what Bob Marley & Co have done…you were an enigma, you actually changed the music scene” , We say thank you for the legacy you have left…you didn’t just sing you actually had a message…we say well done.” said Agata Amata who found out that day via a group that day she is related to Ras Kimono.
Kenny Saint Brown expressed her tribute for king Kimono saying “while we were growing up, there was a superstar of the superstars and Ras Kimono was the superstar of the superstars…he took his his artistry with the speed of excellence”.
For Mr.Showkey it was a momentous remembrance as he disclosed his first encounter with  Ras Kimono.
“he gave me the platform that made me the showkey that I am today”, he said.  “he is my father, I carry dreadlocks because I want to be like him”.
“a great man who has given Nigeria a lot to celebrate and has been in my life a mentor of some sort”, said Ekpeyong-Bassey.
See pictures below…
Photo credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme

 

The future of Lagos Tourism is Makoko- Find out why!

SOUTH AFRICA ─ RAINBOW OF DESTINATION ADVENTURES

 

Best tourism products spotlighted, Buyers experience the spirit and soul of Africa… at INDABA 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Ogbunike Cave, Museum of National Unity, Ezeagu Waterfalls, National War Museum… Tourism jewel of South-East Nigeria

 

Journalists and tour operators with Dr Osuji of Marathana Hotel Owerri



By Godfrey Igboin

As we clamour for the harnessing of  tourism potentials that are sitting untapped, there’s great need to have these  potentials spotlighted in other to have them be in the know of virtually as many as possible. Recognising this thought, dynamic tourism-enthusiast, LoLo Ngozi Ngoka,Vice-President ,Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) invited journalists and tour operators from Lagos to explore the tourism jewel of the south-east of Nigeria and they were more than marveled by the existence of tourists attractions, and the experience of how hospitable and safe the south-east is, TravelogueTv can report.
The south east has so many tourist sites that makes the region o treasure trove─owing to the existence of the Ogbunike cave which is a century tourist site and a natural wonder for money spinner, the  Museum of National Unity in Enugu where you see the Igbo lifestyle in history, It is amazing!  and Ezeagu waterfalls ㅡ clean crystal natural water blended with green vegetation. All these makes the east a treasure trove.
It took no time to find the south-east a tourism-friendly destination, Safe and full of life. Night adventure at Owerri which is the melting port to all the southern east is a wonder of awesomeness.
All through the tour from Enugu, to Owerri, then to Anambra, finally to Abia State without security patrol with us, it tells you that South East is safe and open for tourism investors.The Igbo people are friendly and hospitable.
Dr Osuji,Chairman Marathana Hotel told TravelogueTv that of all the languages, warri dialet is the most romantic and poetic dialet .

It was the first of Ngoka’s activation as the vice president south-east FTAN and she’s absolutely with traditional rulers as well as notable people’s great deal of support. It was a welcoming development, knowing that the only way to promote their destination is when they tap into the tourism potentials in each community for sustainable growth, thereby generating more revenue and create more jobs for their people.

Vice President Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria LoLo Ngozi Ngoka and Omolola Itayemi President Association of Travel & Tourism Writers of Nigeria
TravelogueTv gathered that Owerri has the highest number of hotels in the entire south-east, totalled over 200 hotels,  on every street of Owerri you will gladly find a hotel to say the least ㅡit is the home of hospitality industry in Nigeria.
Exploring the highlights of south-east, brought to mind the feeling of wanting the whole world to visit south-east nigeria and see the famous Ogbunike Century Cave ㅡThis historical cave is full of stories waiting for others to experience. If  you want to inscribe your name on the sound of time, all you need do is, explore the Ogbunike Cave.
Before now, many people in Nigeria do not know that Abia remains the safest state in the south east. The Honourable Commissioner for Information confirmed this to a group of Journalists during the fam-trip visit to south-east Nigeria. Hon. John Okiyi Kanu, Commissioner for Information who also was the first tour guide said that the Aruchukwu*** Long Juju which lies with mirror is still untapped. The National war museum which is a national monument was also explored. It is rich, educative, full of history for those who want to know how the Biafra and Nigeria war started.
This Exploration brought journalists and tour operators to the know of how blessed the south-east is,  with so many historical stories, but only waiting to be tapped to generate great deal of money for both locals and the government at large.
Evidently From Enugu, Imo, Anambra, and Abia…The south-east Nigeria offers a treasure trove of discovery, if tapped would yield a great deal of development to the region and its people.