TOURISM MINISTER ON WORKING VISIT TO WEST AFRICA

Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will in the coming week travel to West Africa for a working visit to our regional neighbours in Ghana and Nigeria.
The Minister will spend two-days in Accra attending the First UNWTO Presidential Leadership Taskforce on Women Empowerment on Tourism Sector with Focus on Africa, where she will be part of a discussion panel under the theme “Tourism policies to enable gender equality”.
Hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), this forum will debate proposals and activities geared towards promoting women empowerment and leadership in the African region, including funding. The meeting is also expected to receive a report on the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism
Tourism is one of the key economic sectors with the potential to contribute to greater equality and empowerment of women and is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors accounting for 10% of GDP and jobs globally.
The Minister will also use her time in Ghana – West Africa’s second largest economy – to interact with tour operators, media and broad stakeholders in the tourism value chain.
After concluding the work in Ghana, she will lead a delegation to Nigeria for a further two-day engagement with tourism stakeholders and trade as well as media. The roadshow, in what is considered Africa’s most populous country, will provide a valuable networking opportunity and an opportunity for the Minister to position South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. Through interaction with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and the media, the Minister will gain better insights on how the South African tourism industry can be better responsive to the needs of West African travellers.
This is part of the work towards increasing the number of international tourist arrivals from our continent and the world at large. This is particularly important as South Africa’s tourism industry responds to the President call that we need to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030.
South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African countries and the people of South Africa.

Enquiries:
Ms. Hlengiwe Nhlabathi
Spokesperson
Cell: +27647548426
E-mail: hnhlabathi@gmail.com

MTN, TVC, Others Partner BizzyBody and Organizers of the AmuwoGames 2019 as they Present a Colourful Closing Ceremony

The month-long AmuwoGames 2019 finally came to a close on Sunday, the 24th of November 2019, with the Bizzybody NG’s Mile 2 Lions coming first on the medals table with the highest number of gold medals won. The closing ceremony was honored by dignitaries, corporate sponsors and celebrities as expected.

Over 150 medals were presented to the winning athletes from 8 teams in over 16 tournaments that they participated in. Participants and fans from various parts of Amuwo-Odofin formed the huge energetic crowd over over 2,000 people cheering as the medals were presented.

There was so much diversity in colors and age ranged owed to the vibrant colors of the team represented at the Amuwo-Odofin Primary School Recreation/Play ground venue of the closing ceremony and the various age-graded tournaments that were organized at the sports festival. Some of such age-graded tournaments include the Scrabble, Swimming and Chess.

Various prizes were presented to the medalists, some of which included the award of scholarship to the under-13 Chess champion – Master Omar Bello by the Olatokunbo Foundation, high tech gadgets like smart phones, headphones, hard drives and so on, by MTN Communications and other souvenirs by Bizzybody NG which the event was also packaged by.

The Founder of the Mini Sports Festival – AmuwoGames, Seun Ayeni took time to appreciate members of the community, the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government authorities, sponsors which included the likes of MTN, Olatokunbo Foundation, Alek Pharmacy, Doctorcare247, Bodyline fitness, I-Zone, Purpindo, Chillers bar, Villa Park, FHA Sports Club amongst others. He also acknowledged the support of the various media houses that made broadcast of the event a huge success. They include TVC, Play TV, Origin TV, Area Ten TV, VOTS.

Also, one of the chief organizers of the 2019 edition of the festival, Kunle Keshinro took time to appreciate members of the organizing committee while coordinating the presentation of the medals during the ceremony. While inviting more corporate bodies, scouts, tourists and stakeholders to plan to be part of the next edition of the games in 2021.

It is good to note that this month-long sports festival attracted some top athletes in the country, like Wellington Jighere, the first African player to be crowned World Scrabble Champion. Also, no security issues were recorded at the event as the presence of the security personnel was well felt through out the games.

THE UK FORGES STRONGER INVESTMENT FUTURE WITH NIGERIA AS ‘NIGERIA INVESTMENT SHOWCASE’ ATTRACTS MAJOR INVESTORS IN LONDON.

The UK’s Department for International Trade, in collaboration with the City of
London, recently hosted over 100 Nigerian businesses and potential UK investors at
an investment showcase in London, highlighting opportunities in some of the many viable projects in the West African nation across the Agriculture, Energy, Healthcare, Infrastructure and ICT sectors.
The showcase, which comes ahead of the UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20th
January 2020 in London, supports the UK’s clear vision of working together with African countries and forging new investments that will create jobs, and boost mutual prosperity through strong and enduring partnerships.
Held at the historic Guildhall, the event outlined progressive investment prospects in the Nigerian market today to UK investors, and brought together leading figures in the public and private sectors, investment funds and financial institutions as the UK pursues its ambition of being the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022.
In his opening remarks, the former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Charles
Bowman, noted that the UK is already a significant direct investor in Nigeria and a
strong relationship already existed with the country and the City of London. Sir
Charles Bowman said:
“Nigeria is the second largest destination of UK investment in Africa, with £5.1bn of
investment stock, and one-fifth of FTSE 100 companies having some form of
presence in Nigeria. In addition, total trade in goods and services between the UK
and Nigeria in 2018/19 was £5.1bn, an increase of 19.3% from the previous year,
which illustrates the size and strength of trade and investment relationship between
our two countries.”
As part of his keynote address, the Nigerian Minister of Trade and Investment,
Adeniyi Adebayo said:
“…In order to realise our national economic objectives, the Nigerian government has begun implementing new initiatives to aggressively improve the ease of doing business and is supporting investors through wholesale reforms, tailored investor incentives, bilateral investment agreement and a pipeline of continuous opportunities…”
Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson, facilitated as Seso Global, Farmcrowdy, Nordica Fertility Centre, jetWest Airways, Channeldrill resources Ltd and Century Energy Services and other Nigerian businesses presented their projects to investors from Credit Suisse, Infraco Africa, Standard Chartered, Black Rock, CDC, JP Morgan, Helios Investments and Wood group among others.

Other speakers included the DIT’s Director General for Exports, John Mahon,
Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Yewande Sadiku, and MD/CEO of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji.

MAGICAL SEASON OFFER AT THE FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON LAGOS

Lagos – November 14, 2019 – The Management of Four Points by Sheraton Lagos Hotel, has assured its guests that the experience of this festive season will linger on in their minds even long after it has ended. It has concluded plans to offer fantastic and exciting freebies to its esteemed customers this season and also thrill them to a 25 day of magic beginning from the 1st to the 25th of December 2019, there will be exciting freebies every day.

The General Manager of the hotel Mr. Jonathan Patterson explained that the hotel has made available magical offers for everyone, from food lovers to music enthusiasts.

Mr. Jonathan stated that: “For those visiting our hotel, get ready to light up your mind and sight as the ambience of the statement décor will highlight the Christmas spirit for those coming through the doors of our hotel”. He says “it will be one that our guests will remember for a long time”.

According to Mr. Jonathan, in the spirit of creating an unforgettable experience for our guests, room rates have been discounted to as low as N62, 000 per night, including breakfast for two, high speed internet, access to the gym and swimming pool and all taxes. This offer is available throughout the festive season.

“The ambience in the hotel is truly something not to miss” explains Mr. Jonathan; kids will be delighted with our Christmas village kiddies set up, packages and entertainment geared to keep families having fun while relaxing”.

There is also a 20% discount off individual gym membership registration this festive season, which entitles you access to the swimming pool, aerobic studio classes and more.

“Our food & beverage offerings will be tailored to specially meet the taste of all our customers, with inspiring Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year Brunches and a selection of beverages,”

The Spa is also not left out, according to Mr. Jonathan, you can spoil yourself and family members at the Four Points Lagos Spa with a selection of Balinese massage, your choice of Four Points spa pedicure or fruity special, couples massage, couples facials and lots more.

“We are looking forward to having all our guests with their families over to share and enjoy this Magical season of good cheer with us.”

For reservations and more information, please visit our website www.fourpointslagos.com or call 01448 9444

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November Delights Sheraton Lagos Hotel unveils an eclectic November for everyone

LAGOS – Nov 7, 2019 – Sheraton Lagos Hotel is happy to announce that for the month of November, there is something exciting for everyone.

The General Manager Mr. Barry Curran mentions “Our teams have organized great deals for everyone looking for relaxing and engaging experiences with friends and families.

The hotel will kick things off on the 19th of November, by celebrating with all men who dine with us at the Pumpkin Leaf & Italian Restaurant as we mark International Men’s Day. Every man who dines with us will get a free beer.

The 28th of November is a double treat as we mark world French toast day alongside Thanksgiving.

French toast will be available for breakfast so all lovers of this sweet treat can indulge. Our guests will also enjoy turkey on the roast with the stuffing and much more to celebrate thanksgiving with all our American friends and all those who follow the tradition.

For Black Friday (Nov 29th) which is everyone’s favorite non-holiday, the hotel will give a 20% discount on all purchases in all outlets except the Pumpkin Leaf Restaurant. Although this discount cannot be applied with other discounts.

Our ‘Plan for More’ meetings and events promotion is still on. The promotion offers event organizers and meeting planners the chance to earn triple Marriott Bonvoy points when booking an event, meeting or a group stay at one of the participating hotels across Marriott International’s distinct portfolio in the region. In addition, the promotion offers 5% discount on the master bill for all eligible charges at participating hotels.

To receive triple points bookings must be made before 31 May 2020 for meetings, events and group stays between 15 September 2019 and 31 December 2020.

This offer is subject to availability and hotel specific blackout dates may apply. For a full list of terms and conditions and more information, please visit www.marriottgroupbooking.com

We look forward to welcoming all our esteemed Patrons to a delightful November with us at Sheraton, where the world comes together and infuses the energy of our guests coming into our spaces” Sais Barry Curran.