The 17th edition of the leading travel and tourism expo in West Africa; Akwaaba African Travel Market, will take place on November 29-30, 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Organizers said the event will feature the presentation for the shortlist of the 7 natural wonders of Nigeria. The 7 Wonders of Nigeria Quest was launched last year to raise awareness of tourist attractions in the country.
The organizers created a committee to carry out the search for the Naija 7 Wonders. The committee consists of 150 top-level tourism professionals in Nigeria, all of whom are members of the elite group of the Tourism 100 Club. 35 destinations have been shortlisted for the public to choose and the winners will be announced in Akwaaba.
Akwaaba is the largest gathering of travel professionals in West Africa with over 3000 participants. It has become the meeting place for travel and tourism professionals in Africa over the years. It has attracted visitors from more than 20 countries.
The event has been attended by many VIPs in the past including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of The Gambia Late Dawda Jawara, the former Vice President of Nigeria late Alex Ekwueme, the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Sir Emeka Anyaoku, the former Governor of Lagos State Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Cross River State Senator Liyel Imoke and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
Serving Ministers of Tourism from Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Seychelles have all attended past editions of Akwaaba. The current President of South African Football, Dr Danny Jordaan had made a presentation at Akwaaba.
Top hotels, airlines and destinations including Dubai, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Gambia, Benin, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Libya, USA, Spain and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation(UK) have all been participants in the African Travel Market.
Akwaaba was so successful that it launched another event in Ghana, the Accra Weizo, and has been held in Accra for the past 5 years.
Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Akwaaba will dedicate this year’s event to the hospitality and leisure industries and their healing abilities. There will also be a M.I.C.E training and a specialist certificate course on tourism in Nigeria. There will be discussions and panel discussions on hospitality and standardisation in Nigeria.
The two-day event will bring experts from Africa and Nigeria to discover and analyse relevant topics at the event. The exhibition will be held for two days from November 29 to 30 at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre.