13th Akwaaba African Travel Market: The thrills and frills

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The 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market which kicked off on Sunday, September 10 in Lagos at the Eko Hotel and Suites has for two days running kept Travel and Tourism practitioners from West Africa who converged on the city of aquatic splendour, yearning for more.

The three-day event which was officially declared open by the Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe featured  a chef challenge, the debut of an interesting Jollof rice contest between chefs from Nigeria and Ghana, to determine the country that cooks the best Jollof rice in West Africa.

The culinary event which had twenty-six chefs participating in the contest, nine from Ghana and seventeen from Nigeria,  is aimed at promoting culinary tourism by showcasing the best of West Africa to an international audience.

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Speaking at the event, the DG, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended the organisers of Akwaaba for creating and sustaining such a big travel and tourism fair in Africa.

Runsewe solicited support for Akwaaba and urged stakeholders to maximise the opportunity provided by the platform while maintaining that culture was a  viable alternative revenue generating sector that could help to boost the economy. 

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To this end he disclosed that the NCAC, will be taking the country’s culture commissioners to Dubai to understudy how the country was able to reposition their culture as foreign exchange earner.

Speaking also, the permanent secretary, Lagos state ministry of tourism, Mr. Ashimi Jamiu Adewale, stated that Lagos state government is committed to the development of Tourism in the State and has demonstrated that by investing in the area of tourism, environment and improvement of infrastructure.

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In his remarks, the organiser of the event, Ikechi Uko said the need to create something that promotes Africa informed the decision to start Akwaaba African Travel Market.

Uko explained that the 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market that started 13 years ago with only six exhibitors is the only travel event that is solely private sector driven and without hosted buyers.

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He commended Lagos state government for staging a come back at Akwaaba after a long absence.
Uko said that Lagos state will be taking the guests and others visitors at the event on a city tour of Lagos to show them places of interest in the state on Wednesday after the Akwaaba event on Tuesday.


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