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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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.

ACE AWARDS 2018: What to Expect at the African Creative Exhibition and Awards

Creative MSMEs have invaded Nigeria and we certainly are not complaining.

In 2016, it became apparent that Nigeria was an import driven nation and that was how the “buy Naija to the grow Naira” came to be.

However, various sects of the economy are realising that for Nigeria to diversify and become an export driven nation, the beam light falls on MSMEs.

A fresh year is on the calendar and it is almost time for the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (termed ACE Awards) hosted by Bellafricana. It brings to Lagos the best creative minds in the fields of Art and Craft, Fashion, Manufacturing, Beauty, Food Produce and so much more.

The Awards is an initiative of Bellafricana, a platform with a focus on Afrocentric Made-in-Nigeria (Africa) 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.

Micro, small and medium-size businesses nationwide produce a great deal of outstanding products, yet these creative business owners aren’t encouraged to innovate and create more.

Bukky Asehinde, Managing Director at Bellafricana says “Everyone likes a pat on the back when they have done something good. Our mission for the ACE Awards is to give these creative businesses a platform to receive the recognition they have long deserved”

ACE AWARDS 2018 is themed Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” and is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 28, 2018 by 9:00am at D-Venue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria.

The event is looking to attract over 6,000 attendees, 70 exhibitors, 15 Awardees and 8 Speakers.

It is endorsed by the Lagos State Government, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Nigeria-Britain Association and will offer participants a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and to have their work judged by consumers and experts.

This Annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) aims to laud the creative works of Nigerians (Africans) and is certainly one of the strongest tools in awakening creative, innovative and entrepreneurship drive in young people in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

 

If you are interested in learning more about this event, contact Bukky or Gbemi on 08086363970, 08184457403, email info@bellafricana.com, community@bellafricana.com and visit  event.bellafricana.com for more information.

“BizzyBody” launches on the Apple Store and Android Market

An app to publish, promote, monetize, analyze and engage audience at your event, now available  for iOS and Android devices.

Today, 1st of March, The BizzyBody app offers an all-in-one events solution to iPhone and Android phone users. It connects prospective event attendees to event owners and other event audience in more social ways.

The BizzyBody app allows the everyday Nigerian access to a directory of events happening in a choice location, helping them plan outings and attendance of such events with access to quick ticket purchases and other forms of event registrations required without leaving the app.

With the ‘Live event’ chat room feature, the Bizzybody app will connect event attendees and other event audience in real time, creating a hub of massive interactions for the user.

Also, event producers and promoters will also be able to use The BizzyBody app to publish and promote their events, sell tickets while monitoring sales and have access to valuable data and feedback on their event attendees and patterns and behavior of the audience.

The BizzyBody app is FREE in Nigeria and other regions at this time. However, there is a possibility of pricing premium features on the app as newer versions are released. Te app is available worldwide on the Apple AppStore and the Android Market. Perfect timing for the app, as the festive season starts next month in Nigeria. Newer revisions are under construction to include more activities of stakeholders in the event industry, the next surprise feature will be on event venue logistics.

Please visit app.bizzybody.ng for more information on ‘The BizzyBody’, including videos and screenshots of the app.

The BizzyBody mobile app is developed by Lumiere Multimedia, a multimedia development company founded in 2009 for BizzyBody NG.

If you would like more information on The BizzyBody app or BizzyBody NG, or you would like to schedule an interview, please contact:

Moses Oyewole – Business Development, BizzyBodyNG
Phone: +234 701 131 3022
Email: info@bizzybody.ng

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BizzyBody NG to Launch ‘The BizzyBody’ Social App on the 1st of March

To mark her 2nd anniversary, Nigeria’s largest online event directory and event multimedia solutions outfit – BizzyBody NG has decided to take Nigerians by surprise again! This time, they will be launching a new mobile app into the market called ‘The BizzyBody’.

According to the founder – Ayeni Oluwaseun, this mobile app hopes to be the best thing that will happen to the Nigeria Event and Entertainment Industry this year, as it hopes to bridge an enormous gap in the event business value chain. ‘The BizzyBody’ also hopes to be the average Nigerians phone buddie with interesting features that will get every prospective event attendee glued to the app.

The BizzyBody App Advert

Early subscriptions have begun for the app and has since gone viral, with already over 1000 subscriptions since the announcement on February 18, 2018, probably due to the reward program attached with ‘sharing the message’, and their promise to allow access to exclusive features of the app to early subscribers.

You may want to participate in this and get some cool prizes too.

Click here to sign up as an early bird: http://app.bizzybody.ng

Full details of The BizzyBody app features will be unveiled at launch date on March 1, 2018.

We are anticipating, and we hope you are too.

South African Airways promotes corporate travel with incredible rewards

L-R: Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo and Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics, Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond.

South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class.

According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.”

L-R: Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo; Stella Aghedo, Sales Executive, South African Airways; Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics and Olorunloba Koleosho, Travel Desk Officer both of Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

“In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

South African Airways opened its doors for corporate travel managers to leverage the incredible advantage of flying the airline through either a tripartite partnership which involves the airline, the corporate and a travel management company or otherwise a direct partnership between the airline and the corporates.

The airline reminded the corporates aside flying the Lagos-Johannesburg route with the new A330-300 aircraft with exceptional configurations in both the Business and Economy cabins, passengers do not also require transit visa travelling beyond South Africa to other Southern Africa countries including Mauritius, Maputo, Harare and more where South African Airways has route network.

Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of South African Airways highlighted the functions of SAA Cargo to include the air freight of general, specialised cargoes and courier services from Lagos across the world.

Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, West Africa at South African Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun and adventurous destination rated as the 5th most beautiful country in the world by a recent international ratings report.

South African Airways presented amazing rewards to corporates at the forum which includes a Business Class ticket and free upgrade from Economy to Business Class from Lagos to any destination in South Africa.

Sheraton Abuja Sets off the Year With the launch of BBQ night Saturdays

At the Poolside with Great-Tasting BBQ Sauces, Top-notch music, fun, and games Abuja- January, 5th , 2018 Nigeria

As the year begins to unfold, Sheraton Abuja Hotel is once again helping to energize the minds of customer’s still hung up on the holiday spirit with the introduction of the grilling seasons BBQ nights at the Hotel’s Poolside.

The Executive Chef for Sheraton Abuja Hotel -Nicholas Geba and his team have put in efforts towards creating a tasty assortment of BBQ flavors for food and entertainment enthusiasts within the F.C.T.

According to the General Manager for the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our BBQ night is set to launch on the 13th of January 2018 at the Poolside and will take place every Saturday. We are offering this well thought out leisure activity from 3pm-9pm and it will be truly an elevated experience for both our in-house guests and customers”.

“We have made the best selection of various live band entertainers within Abuja City so there will never be a dull moment. Our special free-flow-salad will be available for all diners. For beverages, you will be spoiled for choice with our compelling selection of wines, beers, soft drinks and cocktails”. And for your added pleasure, we have Shisha with various flavors- on request”.

“Last but not least our collection of fun and interesting board games such as Ludo, whots, chess, local Ludo, scrabble and draft are available for you to have an interactive and engaging time with new or old friends; the idea is that this creates the perfect activity during family bonding time”.

“A relaxed evening around the most transformative ambience with great food and inspiring music is what we offer our loyal patrons and customers and so we encourage all our visitors to come experience something truly unforgettable on that Saturday onwards”.

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Le Meridien Ogeyi Place Unlocks Beaujolais Wine with an exclusive Celebration

A French Experience in Port Harcourt


Nigeria, PH- November 18, 2017
–Le Meridien Ogeyi Place recently launched a new French wine “Beaujolais”, the launch celebration took place at the poolside of the hotel. According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Fabian Martinez – “as part of our brand initiative, Beaujolais offers the opportunity to unveil our Le Meridien brand Summer Soiree culture. This program brings to our international guests the feel of French Beaujolais tradition, which is a truly home away from home experience in Nigeria”.

“In addition, our Hotel Executive Sous Chef, Innocent Anaemeje brings a very pleasant experience and opportunity to present French traditional delicacies with assorted French cold cuts” to further inspire the dining experience of our patrons”.

“We have curated our campaign in a way that delivers to our guests yet another way to unlock their destination through French traditional celebration and a modern perspective on this quintessential theme night campaign. Le Meridien cuisine will enable us offer unique and memorable dining experiences,” remarked the General Manager.

 

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With more than 100 Hotels & Resorts worldwide and the strongest, most globally diverse portfolio in its history, the Paris-born Le Méridien brand connects the curious and creative-minded traveler to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked”, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points through global partnerships with creative minds. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. For more information, please visit LeMéridien.com or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of] more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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