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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Akpabio, Mbanefo win African Travel Times Awards

Akpabio, Mbanefo win African Travel Times Awards
 28.Jan.2015  DISQUS_COMMENTS  Nigerian Tribune 
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African Travel Times, Nigeria and West Africa monthly travel tourism magazine has announced the institution of an annual award.
According to its Publisher/Editor, Lucky Onoriode George, the award is to annually recognise ‘Excellence’ in the travel and tourism sector in Nigeria, saying that, a genuine and respected award in the industry was long overdue, especially in an industry that is service-based.
He noted, “Asking the travelling public that lack the technicality and experience of how the travel and tourism industry works to select the best hotel, restaurant and even the best airline in an operating environment annually is wrong.”
George posited that, it is the process that differentiates the new awards from others, as awardees will be selected by professionals in the various subsectors”.
For the 2014 and the inaugural edition, the magazine is recognising organisations and individuals that made giant strides in the industry in the out-gone year.
“Based on the decision of our panel industry experts, the following organisations and individuals emerged winners. God is Good Motors - Best Emerging Transport Company in Nigeria. Eko Hotel & Suites -Most Supportive Travel and Tourism Organisation. Carnival Calabar - Best Domestic Tourism Product. ABC Transport Plc - Best Family Friendly Transport Company in Nigeria. Other winners are: Mrs Sally Mbanefo, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) - Tourism Personality of the Year. Gov. Godswill Akpabio - For Transforming Akwa Ibom State into an emerging Destination In Nigeria. Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt - Most Resilient Performance Award in the hospitality industry.”
Meanwhile, Mr George said that from this year, the awards ceremony will form part of his annual travel and tourism dinner, a special event to bring together industry practitioners, suppliers and related establishments.
African Travel Times hit the newsstand in 2011 and has grown to become the most widely and authoritative travel and tourism publication in Nigeria, with an online presence that can be accessed everywhere in the world.
The magazine apart from being a core travel and tourism industry magazine, the coverage also includes ‘Insider’ a destination piece written from a local or native point of view [can also be written ‘as told to], as well as fascinating people, an article profiling a person of interest in the industry in any part of Nigeria and Africa.