Indaba 2018 – The Story

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as West African delegates alongside others from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018.

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as delegates from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018. The annual event which was once again held in Durban; Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa from the 7th to the 10th of May experienced a significant rise in participation from last year’s event with 23 African countries in attendance this year. The overall registrations saw an increase by 4% from last year’s figures reaching the 7000 mark. Total registered buyers increased by 14% from last year bring it to a total of 1747 registered buyers. With 200 first time exhibitors, there were over 1100 registered exhibitors, leading to a 57% increase from last year.

Indaba 2018 was position as a call to action to focus on the success of the continent as a whole, urging its people to go out and tell Africa’s story to the world. The event was rebranded from simply “Indaba” to “Africa’s Travel Indaba” highlighting a passion for Africa. This was announced by South Africa’s newly reinstated National Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.

The Minister in his message at the official Welcome Networking Function said, “Tourism growth, and sharing the benefits of tourism, contribute to replacing poverty and despair with prosperity and hope. Africa’s Travel Indaba is the ideal springboard for further growth” he further spoke about Travel and Tourism being the fastest growing sector in the world “Tourism already contributes about 8% to Africa’s Gross Domestic Product and employs 6.5% of the workforce. Imagine the impact it will make on growth, jobs and livelihoods if, or rather when we double or quadruple that! We can exponentially increase the value that tourism brings by collaborating to make tourism work for everyone.”

Africa’s Travel Indaba gave qualified buyers who are really interested in selling Africa the opportunity to access the biggest variety of products on the continent, from the hidden gems in South Africa to the luxury experiences across Africa as a continent. It is not only about showcasing destinations, but the value-rich interactions that can lead to partnerships and trade agreements. These are the hallmarks that contribute to growth across the sector, rather than the success and growth of individual businesses.

To further strengthen existing partnership and collaboration within the continent, South African Tourism’s West African arm hosted 26 delegates from Nigeria and Ghana at the Africa’s Travel Indaba. Among the West African tourism delegations were Hajia Barkisu, President of the Tour Operators Association in Nigeria, Mr Kwesi Eyison ,The President of the Tour Operators Union in Ghana, Alhaji Rabo Salih, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria ,The President of The Travel Agents of Nigeria , Mr Bankole Bernard, The Chief Editor and Publisher of Africa’s leading Travel and Tourism Magazine ATQ, and Founder of West Africa’s biggest tourism expo, Akwaaba Nigeria, Weizor Accra, Mr Ikechi Ucko, Mrs Nancy Sam the President of Women in Tourism Ghana , Mr Abeiku Aggrey Santana , CEO of Kaya Tours Ghana , Ameyaw Debrah, Francis Doku were among the 26 West African Delegation drawn from Ghana and Nigeria. The West African trade and media delegates who arrived South Africa days earlier, were treated to an incredible, activity filled exploration of South Africa. The were treated to some of the finest luxury South Africa has to offer at the Oubaai Gold resort The delegates enjoyed a variety of experiences including, quad biking, power boating on the Kysna lagoon, and picnics at Cape St.Francis. They explored Tsitsikamma Nature reserve and the very brave went bungee jumping. experienced

Mr Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South Africa Tourism, praised the Africa delegates for cooperating to promote and integrate the continent as one destination through tourism.

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SHERATON ABUJA HOTEL COMMEMORATES RAMADAN

Marks the Holy Month with exceptional Offers

Abuja, April 30, 2018 Sheraton Abuja Hotel  is glad to unveil its exceptional Ramadan offer for loyal guests and customers.

According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our enriching package during this holy month embodies a special celebration of food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing”. This is the reason we have organized an elaborate Iftar spread at our Papillion Restaurant with full Iftar buffet varieties and favorites at our Iftar table”.

“Our special Iftar menu will consist of delicious original traditional recipes as well as a live cooking station where our diners will enjoy the privilege of seeing firsthand their food being cooked to their desire”.

“We have also come up with a compelling Iftar buffet offer for just NGN9, 999 per person, while our customers may equally enjoy an early bird discount on tickets purchased before the 31st of May 2018”. Purchased tickets will be valid throughout Ramadan and Tickets sales will last until the 31st of May 2018”.

“To further inspire our diners, our Hotel team has organized a grand raffle draw were those participating at our Iftar venues will be eligible on the day of the event to win a selection of prizes ranging from a two nights stay with breakfast for two at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel or a two nights stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos for two with breakfast for two or even a dinner for two at Sheraton Abuja”.

“Families and Friends will be inspired by our dedicated Ramadan spaces where our customers are sure to experience the true ambience of the Holy Month; within a relaxed atmosphere for meditation and prayer”.

“Live proceedings from Mecca will be viewed on a flat Screen Television.

“For those visiting Abuja, our Ramadan room rates will start from as low as NGN39, 999 all-inclusive of taxes and a complimentary Breakfast (Suhoor) alongside free Wi-Fi and access to our pool and Fitness Facilities”.

“We encourage all our loyal Patrons and Customers to a transformative Ramadan Experience at Sheraton Abuja Hotel  as our teams go beyond to make this Holy month truly exceptional” Said the General Manager.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel is located at 1 Ladi Kwali way P.M.B 143, Maitama Abuja, F.C.T Nigeria. T +234 9 461 2000 F +234 9 460 1510 sheratonabuja.com

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Post Event Press Release – Bellafricana ACE Awards 2018

The second edition of the African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) powered by Bellafricana held on Saturday, the 28th of April at DVenue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Lagos, Nigeria.

It was an awesome one day event which kicked off with an Exhibition display of 70 Creative brands in the Arts & Craft, Fashion, Home & Lifestyle, Health & Beauty and Food Produce and Snacks sectors.

Thanks to the support from Boulos Enterprises & Suzuki, a winner went home with a brand new Suzuki Hayate Motorcycle.

The Conference Key note remark was made by Mrs Ini Abimbola who gave a remarkable speech on “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” with 10 Experts; Mr Tobi Asehinde, Ms Sade Bembatoum-Young, Tricia Ikonwonba, Ms Geraldine Oku, Mr Lanre Adisa, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Mrs Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Mr Adedunmade Onibokun, Mr Babatunde Faleke and Mrs Teju Abisoye.

You can almost still feel the exhilaration in the air resonating from the crowd on the day to witness this laudable event.

The peak of the event was a white carpet awards dinner which was opened by Honourable Commissioner of Commerce Ogun State, Otunba Bimbola Ashiru, represented by His SA Ms Sola Arobieke. There was Live music, poetry, comedy and much more. In attendance were 300 beautiful and distinguished guests, from art creators, art collectors, Executives, Delegates, Captains of Industry and stake holders.

The second edition was a bigger success with over 4000 overall attendees, 70 exhibitors from all over Nigeria showcase their creative and innovative Quality Made-in-Nigeria works to the amazement of the audience.

Several awards were given out at the gala event. Mimiremi Textile won “Best Indigenous Textile Designer”, Inner Beautee won “Best Beauty Brand”, 313 Eko won “Best Fashion Brand”, Zivanora won “Best Accessories Brand”, Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi won “Start-up of the Year”, Cyrus 45 won “Best Eco-friendly Product”, Creative Safari won “Best Innovative Product of the Year”, Morin O “Best Pioneer Craftswoman of the Year”, Tigernuts Republic won “Best Food Produce Innovation”, Daniella Art Studio won “Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur”, Dream Catchers won “Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year”, Maison Loulabelle won “Best Creative Kids Brand”, Kachi Irondi won “Best Arts and Crafts Person”, Ile-Ila won “Best Home & Lifestyle Brand”, Roots in Style (Ethiopia) won “Best African Brand”.

(See their videos at event.bellafricana.com/acewinner).

With this second edition, Bellafricana ACE Awards continues being the most prestigious gathering of Enterprising Creative Afrocentric Brands in Nigeria (Africa). This leaves us looking forward to the next edition of ACE Awards 2019.

About Bellafricana

The online platform (www.bellafricana.com) was launched to showcase, promote and celebrate creative local Creatives of Afrocentric brands in Nigeria (Africa). Starting with Nigeria her home-land, the goal is to take it one African Country at a time.

Bellafricana is an initiative with a focus on Made-in-Nigeria Non-oil products development where customers and suppliers engage and transact to bridge the buyer-seller gap and create a wider outreach for Nigerian (African) products locally & globally.

She created a platform to enable creative MSMEs thrive, whilst doing all it takes to bring the quality products to the forefront of the market.

 

Here are some pictures from the event

 

Marriott International Reveals Spectacular Seasonal Experiences Across Its Brands In The Middle East And Africa

Enticing offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges & spas; 30% off for loyalty members and 20% off for non-members

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2018 – Marriott International has today unveiled an array of exciting offers for the upcoming hot months so that guests across the Middle East and Africa can enjoy an unforgettable summer. With a mega 30% off available for Marriott International’s loyalty members and 20% off for non-members, offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges and spas from a choice of over 200 hotels are not to be missed.

Whether guests are seeking extraordinary desert, resort or city experiences such as reliving the Bedouin way of life at the only resort in a Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai; to intimate views of the Pyramids at Marriott Mena House, Cairo; hopping onto the ski slopes in the midst of the summer heat when staying at the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai; or simply lapping up the sun on the luxurious white sand beach at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort – Marriott international has an option suitable for all.

“Time is so valuable for busy people, and through our seasonal offers we are delighted to be able to provide guests with an exceptional opportunity to utilize their time to create memorable experiences at many of our amazing hotels,” said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The summer offers announcement comes hot on the heels of the company’s new unified loyalty program across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) which will launch in August 2018. Members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs – on average 20% more points for every dollar spent.

“This year, we’re recognizing our loyalty members with even better rewards as ongoing appreciation for their continued support – we aim to ensure that our loyal members always have an extraordinary experience beyond the norm and lifelong memories to boot,” he concluded.

Guests can book offers immediately for stays made between May 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018. For more information on participating hotels, experiences and specific deals, please visit: www.wandermore.me

Non-loyalty members are encouraged to join Marriott International’s loyalty program to be able to enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and offers available at the company’s properties. To sign up for free, visit www.SPG.com, www.Marriott.com and www.RitzCarlton.com.

Africa’s Travel Indaba gets a taste of Madiba Magic

In celebration of African art, song and memory, renowned South African playwright and artistic director of the Market Theatre, James Ngcobo, has produced a stellar showcase of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in celebration of the former statesman’s 100th birthday.

This forms part of the official opening of Africa’s Travel Indaba hosted by South African Tourism at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

The theatrical showcase is also a celebration of the partnership between South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation who have come together to commemorate the centenary celebrations of former president, Nelson Mandela.

Describing the two 20-minute performances, Ngcobo called the production “a festival of our continent’s iconic songbook – inspired by our collective beauty and victories; some of which Madiba inspired and contributed to”. Without giving away too much, Ngcobo excitedly shared how the many faces of Madiba, some familiar and others less so, are set to tantalize audiences as they share in his legacy. From uTata the father, President Mandela the head of state and Rolihlahla, the young man born in Mvezo, rural Eastern Cape, the performances uncover the quintessence of the man who became a global icon.

Ngcobo revealed he is inspired by bodies of work that were written by some of Africa’s literary giants, elaborating that he is “always looking for opportunities and platforms where, as I curate, I am able to balance emerging voices with more prominent ones”. Local talent from the host province of Africa’s Travel Indaba – KwaZulu-Natal – form part of the production’s cast. The music ensemble has been influenced by tastes from across the continent, making it an authentically African offering. This, concludes Ngcobo, is “part of constant efforts to collaborate with and empower artists working in the creative industry”.

Delegates attending Africa’s Travel Indaba can also expect to be immersed in Madiba’s legacy by way of various installations situated throughout the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC. Activations located throughout the exhibition will all bear testament to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

South African Tourism has also collaborated with South African Airways and Mango Airlines to create excitement ahead of tomorrow evening’s performance at Africa’s Travel Indaba.

Passengers travelling to Durban from OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Lanseria airports have received a Nelson Mandela book at the check in counters.

The showcase of South Africa through Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions. The Madiba’s Journey app can be downloaded here.

BellAfricana’s ACE Awards and Exhibition 2018 – Pictures

Here are  some pictures. Feel free to browse through.