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

About Four Points        

Four Points is travel reinvented. With over 200 hotels in nearly 40 countries, Four Points meets the needs of the everyday traveler and offers guests exactly what they need on the road. Four Points combines timeless style and comfort and an authentic sense of the local as well as genuine, always-approachable service, all around the world. Four Points is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit www.fourpoints.com/experience. Stay connected to Four Points on facebook.com/fourpoints.

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 6,000 properties in 120 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. 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 and @MarriottIntl

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.

SHERATON LAGOS HOTEL HOSTS AN INTIMATE COGNAC TASTING WITH REMY MARTIN FOR MARRIOTT BONVOY MEMBERS

LAGOS – Sep 26, 2019 – Sheraton Lagos Hotel recently hosted an exclusive cognac tasting event in collaboration with Remy Martin XO for Marriott Bonvoy members. During the event, members were introduced to the variety of flavors and richness of aromas found in a glass of Remy Martin XO, while being serenaded with live entertainment featuring a violinist and saxophonist. Members were given access to this exclusive experience under Marriott Bonvoy Moments- the travel program’s experiential platform –which allows members to bid or exchange their Marriott Bonvoy points for access like no other. 

‘Sheraton is where the world comes together and we are delighted to have brought our Marriott Bonvoy members together for this exclusive Remy Martin XO tasting experience,” said Barry Curran, General Manager Sheraton Lagos Hotel. “We are committed towards curating experiences that allow us to connect with our members through their passions and build loyalty beyond reason. This event was a step in this direction and we hope to bring many more exclusive experiences that will allow us to engage with our members.”

The Moment featured an exclusive Remy Martin XO tasting paired with exquisite food at the hotel’s Presidential Suite, a one-night complimentary stay in a club room, complimentary breakfast, special gifts from the hotel and Remy Martin XO. Members also enjoyed engaging conversations and photo opportunities during the intimate evening with the Remy Martin XO brand ambassador Stephen Jimba and Xavier Carbonel the Remy Cointreau Country Manager.

Built on the belief that travel enriches the world and connects people, Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s new travel program, offers an extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 132 countries and territories providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling with passion and purpose. Under one set of unified benefits, Marriott Bonvoy simplifies rewards and offers members a holistic travel experience encompassing much more than a hotel stay.

To find out more about the hotel kindly visit www.marriott.com/LOSSI or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., makes it easy for guests to explore, relax and enjoy the possibilities of travel at nearly 450 hotels in over 70 countries and territories around the world. Sheraton continues to enhance the brand through innovative guest experience, differentiating design, multi-channel marketing and a sharp focus on service. To learn more, visit www.sheraton.com. Stay connected to Sheraton on Facebook, and @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram. Sheraton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands, members can earn and redeem points for hotel stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Emirates NBD and MasterCard® in the UAE. The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Canon is pleased to invite Nigerians to the second edition of Discovery Week, beginning today

A week full of even more rewarding activities for Nigerian photographers
Lagos, Nigeria; 8th October 2019 – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), a leader in imaging solutions, has launched the Canon Discovery Week in Lagos today.

Canon Discovery Week, dedicated to professional photographers, amateur or occasional, aims to get to know Canon users better by giving them the opportunity to interact with our team, which is more than happy to share best practices and give advice on Canon products. Customers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various experiences that will give them the opportunity to develop their creative skills, with the support of the Canon team.

Discover the Passion that drives the team

These events and interactions include a nature photo walk led by the local Nigerian Canon photographer Hakeem Salam, Canon Academy educational workshops hosted by Canon trainers and opportunities for various meetings and interactions with Canon experts.

These workshops will be an opportunity for participants to interact with professional Canon users as they learn from them. The first workshop, dedicated to fashion photography, will take place on October 11th. The second series will be a Pro-video Workshop on October 17th, and the last one will be an EOS R Workshop, which will take place on October 18th. These interactive sessions give consumers access to tips and tricks on photography & practical knowledge for getting the best out of Canon equipment. By supporting youth to follow their passion through these accessible courses, Canon is empowering the next generation of artists and photographers in Nigeria and Africa.

Discover the value of an innovative range of products

Canon’s customer culture is based on a very active innovation strategy, aiming to always provide the highest image quality. This allows photographers, both amateurs and professionals, to develop their skills, all the while encouraging them to express their creativity and follow their passion. Throughout the week, various activities are offered to test Canon’s latest devices in real conditions such as:
• The incredible travel bundle kit – EOS2000D, includes the latest generation of EOS camera – which combines familiar touchscreen controls, unmatched image quality, and an optical viewfinder all packaged into a portable design. This perfect travel kit also comes along with two lenses to ensure more options for the best quality photo, which will help photographers tell their stories creatively and uniquely. Storage is always important; hence we have included a 16 GB SD Card for the photos to be captured on, and a Camera Bag for all the equipment in the Perfect Travel Kit. We are also launching
• EOS 90D is a fast and reliable DSLR, with a familiar, robust body perfect for sport and wildlife photographers. For everyday life,

• EOS M6 Mark II is a compact, yet powerful mirrorless delivering beautifully sharp images – for photographers on the move,
• PowerShot G7 X Mark III, ideal for vloggers, bloggers and anyone posting content online, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III helps you look your best with superb 4K video, a large 1.0-type sensor and 20.1-megapixel photos – all in a super-portable design you can take anywhere. YouTube live stream – Connect to a network and stream live to your YouTube channel
• RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, which are the perfect high-performance standard zoom choice for all professionals and amateurs alike. These lenses enable photographers and videographers to capture high-quality still and moving images across all genres – from landscape and architecture, to portrait and nature, or sports and media.
• Canon Professional Camcorders XA55/XA50 Feature-packed 4K filming, Compact and lightweight with professional functions. The highly compact and lightweight XA55 / XA50 offers high quality 4K UHD image with beneficial features such as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon 15x optical zoom lens and advanced Full HD image quality driven by utilising outstanding Over Sampling HD Processing.
• Canon Professional Camcorders XA40: Ultra-compact, professional palm-sized 4K XA-series camcorder with a 20x optical zoom lens Compact and efficient – XA 4K camcorder with UHD resolution and high magnification The XA40 features a 1/2.3 – type CMOS Sensor along with DIGIC DV6 image processor.
• Canon Zoemini, Canon’s smallest and lightest photo printer, which allows printing and sharing precious memories in an instant.
• Canon’s latest refillable ink tank PIXMA G Series printers: Canon PIXMA G6040 / Canon PIXMA G5040 & PIXMA GM2040. Canon’s latest range of high-volume refillable ink tank printers, small businesses or home offices can enjoy cost effective productivity and high printing yields without having to compromise on document quality.

Discover the creativity that sleeps in every photographer
Throughout the Canon Discovery Week, a mobile van will drive to a different location to allow as many people as possible to meet with Canon’s experts. Locals will have the opportunity to come to the van and get a free A4 portrait photography of themselves. This will be a unique chance for customers to discuss the essential techniques required to capture beautiful portraits. They can then choose how to print their portrait and leave with a copy. They will also be able to come with their own Canon devices and ask any questions they may have on the best way to use them and have their cameras checked and cleaned free of charge.

Discover the added value Canon can offer

Canon has become a trusted partner in Nigeria over the past few years and is committed to pursuing its growth and development opportunities in this country which represent a key market in West Africa. Amine Djouahra, Sales & Marketing Director – B2C, Canon Central and North Africa, concluded: “Building on the success of last year, “Our objective is plural: to meet and exchange with photographers, give them a satisfying customer experience by helping them become more familiar with our devices and allow us to better anticipate their ever-changing needs. We aim to maintain this meeting with our customers every year in order to sustain this essential link that allows us to refresh our offerings regularly and launch innovative products that meet or even anticipate our customers’ needs.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

Media Contact:
Canon Moyen-Orient
Mai Youssef
mai.youssef@canon-me.com

Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA):
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (Canon-CNA.com) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 was a strategic step that aimed to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus.

CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market. Canon has been represented in the Africa continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region.

CCNA will ensure the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’.

For more information, log on to: Canon-CNA.com

South African Tourism West Africa to host Annual Trade Roadshow in West Africa.

South Africa Tourism will be hosting another Trade Roadshow across the two (2) main economic centres in West Africa: Nigeria and Ghana. The Road Show will span across 5 top cities in the two countries namely: Kumasi and Accra in Ghana and Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos in Nigeria.

Nigeria and Ghana contributed 76% of Africa’s tourist arrival into South Africa in 2014, outbound travel and spending has grown over the years in the West African region with a 12.7% increase in trips over the period between 2013 and 2018 for the Ghanaian market and a 1.9% increase in trips from 2013 to 2018 for the Nigerian market with total outbound expenditure growing by 14.6%.

The South African Tourism Road Show will be across 5 top cities in the region, the roadshow will begin in Kumasi, Ghana on Wednesday, August 21; followed by Accra City on Friday, August 23, Abuja City on Monday, August 26, Port Harcourt on August 28 and Lagos on Friday, August 30. The roadshow will highlight South Africa’s affordable experiences and diversity of offerings to key travel partners in the West African region; spanning across travel, accommodation, entertainment and events in the city, with a focus on opportunity for partnership development between and among South African Product Owners (SAPO), Trade partners and other stakeholders.

The roadshow activities during the event will include, Trade Workshop/Engagement in Each city, SA Specialist Graduation Ceremony, Launch of the South Africa Trade Awards (Accra for Ghana & Lagos for Nigeria Only).
For more information on the West Africa Roadshow visit: www.southafrica.net
Also, Follow @Travel2SA1 Instagram, @Travel2SA1 on Twitter and Travel To South Africa on Facebook.

Summer Holiday Experience with Toke Makinwa, Bonang Matheba, Mai Atafo, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Ameyaw Debra, Folu Storms, Sister Deborah In South Africa!

Our favourite influencers are having the time of their lives right now enjoying the amazing scenery, culture, adventures and thrills of the rainbow nation this Summer season in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa. From Power Boat rides on the Knysna Lagoon to Lunch at the Vintage Cargo Hold Restaurant, the trip will be an activity-filled and memorable one.

Sensational South African media personality Bonang Matheba in collaboration with South Africa Tourism is hosting guests from Nigeria and Ghana to a fun-filled, eight-day summer experience focused on the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The guests present on the trip are Radio Presenter and Media starlet Toke Makinwa, renowned fashion designer Mai Atafo, celebrity photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Ghanian Writer and Blogger Ameyaw Debrah, Musician Sister Deborah, Chidera Mouka, Kola Oshalusi, Folu Storms and the MTV Base crew.

Sister Deborah and Toke Makinwa Quad biking
Group Quad biking at the Tsitsikanmi bay
Mai Atafo

Influencers arrived at Goerge Airport located in George, Western Cape South Africa after a 6 Hour flight from Nigeria and Ghana where they were transferred to the Ouibaai Hotel and Golf Resort known for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserve, the Hotel is less than seven minutes drive from the George Airport Johannesburg. Our favourite influencers kicked off their summer holiday on day 2 with a powerboat cruise through the Knysna Lagoon enjoying wine and oysters on a relaxing boat cruise and taking in the magnificence of Knysna as the sun starts to set over the lagoon.

Shrimps and rice at the Fancourt hotel
Group quad Biking

It’s a week full of activities and adventure in South Africa, with the next stop being idyllic St. Francis Bay – touted as South Africa’s ‘Little Venice’ which is just 90 kilometres away from Port Elizabeth, and 1 hour 15 Mins from Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve where our Influencers will experience the adrenaline pumping adventures Quad Biking and Bungee Jumping of the cliff. An hour’s morning flight will bring them to Durban.

Group Photo at the Knysa Lagoon after the Boat ride

On arriving Durban the largest city in the Kwazulu-natal Province of South Africa, Bonang Matheba will play host to the West African guest at the famous shipwrecked Cargo Holds Restaurant for some ultimate nautical gourmet lunch experience. Lunch is a treat, ranging from Oysters and Seafood, and the finest wines – all affordable.

Power boat Ride at the Knysa Lagoon
Group Photo at the Knysa Lagoos after the Boat ride

The guests will also be attending the Durban July known as South Africa most prestigious horse race held at the Greyville Racecourse, Berea – South Africa with fashion, music, and horses as the main event for the full day ending itinerary with some Urban Jazz Experience.

Power Boat Ride at the Knysa lagoon

To book packages to South Africa this summer visit: www.southafrica.net.

For more on the trip Follow @travel2SA on Instagram

To book packages to South Africa this summer visit: www.southafrica.net.
For more on the trip Follow @travel2SA on Instagram

The Star Studded Bling Lagosians Premiere

And the Winners Are……..Here Are Your Best Dressed At The Star Studded Bling Lagosians Premiere.

The grand premier of the highly anticipated movie “The Bling Lagosians” was held Sunday, 16th of June 2019 at the Film House Cinema, Lekki, Lagos.

The red carpet had stars glammed up to the nines, with a variety of looks; as anticipated, the premiere was littered with show stoppers. Talk about making an entrance, this red carpet would definitely go down as legendary in the fashion circles.

Guests trouped the red carpet with a variety of fiery looks as well as exaggerated and fun fashion pieces.  The dress code for the glamorous night was “Eko for Show”, and as we know if it’s not over the top, its not EKO! With a total prize money of N1 Million naira, for the most quintessential red carpet look.

The individuals who took the prize money went home with N500, 000 ( Daala Oruwari and Teni Oluwo)  while the first and second runner up will get N350, 000 and N150, 000 respectively. Designer

The movie was met with raving reviews, the general consensus was that this is the best Nollywood movie released of (2019), with intricacies that run deep and with a well-paced out story line filled with lessons.  The Director, Bolanle Austen Peters’  generosity to the cast was boundless. Although laced with humour, and some exceptionally funny moments, the movie deals with serious subject matters that will leave viewers thinking twice about Lagos party lifestyle as well as giving a deeper insight into the Lagos elite’s lifestyle.

Director Bolanle Austen Peters Said about the movie

“In telling this story, it was important that we learnt lessons. In doing the Bling Lagosians, I observed certain things in our society and I decided to tell the story, a relatable story, that people would see and recognise this is the real us. This story is like a mirror, so we can look at ourselves in a mirror and see the flaws. This is a story of deceit, lust, love, greed, passion, it’s a story of excess’ but with reedeming qualities”

Celebrities that made striking statements on the red carpet included honourable mentions are Osas Ighodaro Ajibade in Toju Foyeh, Anto Lecky in Bibi Lawrence and Sharon Ooja in a show-stopping look from Somo by Somo  Alex Ekubo, Idia Aisien, Linda Ejiofor, Linda Osifo, Ini Idia Okojie, Taje Prest, Gbenga Titiloye Bam Bam and more.

Africa’s Travel Indaba, Changing the African Narrative through Tourism

The noteworthiness of tourism to Africa and its economy was again established at the just concluded Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa from the 2nd May to the 4th May 2019. Africa’s Travel Indaba is considered one of the largest events in the African tourism calendar, bringing together over 7,000 exhibitors; including local and international buyers; tourism and business media; industry stakeholders; members of tourism associations and captains of industry from over 80 countries.

 

This year, we embraced the theme for Indaba 2019, which was: “Africa’s stories, your success”, this re-emphasizes the importance of telling our own stories and showcasing our successes to help boost tourism in Africa, and also change the world narrative of Africa as a continent that needs saving to one that is flourishing.

 

The Minister of Tourism in South Africa, Derek Hanekom, opened Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 with great optimism about the future of tourism in Africa, he started by asking the audience if by 2030 the continent will be ready to invite 21 million international tourists. His own response to the question was a resounding ‘yes’. The minister stated that “Too often the real stories of Africa are not told and not heard,” in his statement compelling collaboration among African countries the Minister added that “We need to work together to replace the sometimes negative narrative of Africa with the real story of so many nations on the move, of people innovating and moving confidently into the future”.

 

South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa, during his speech at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 implied that “We are global citizens physically separated by borders. We are however united by our affinity and our love for this great continent Africa, the cradle of humankind”. He explained further that  “We must reduce the onerous and often unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that tourists who want to visit our country face. This requires us to streamline our tourist visa regime. We are in the process of radically overhauling our visa dispensation for the rest of the world and introducing a world-class e-visa system.” This statement revealed that the continent is working towards overhauling visa systems for travelers looking to visit various African tourism hotspot.

South African Tourism West Africa hosted trade and media delegates and stakeholders from Nigeria and Ghana at on a pre tour across the Gauteng and Limpopo provinces in South Africa. The hosting was aimed at strengthening existing partnership and collaboration in the continent, as delegates had an exhilarating experience exploring the beautiful city of Pretoria by getting their adrenaline pumped at the Adventure Zone in Cullinan for a day of fun activities such as Ziplining, Bike Riding and Archery. Entabeni Game Reserve in Limpopo where they got to see some of the ‘Big 5 animals’ and connect with nature. And Durban as they went shopping at the famous Victoria Street Market dubbed as Durban’s Oldest market.

AFRICANS HAVE THE POWER TO REHAUL AFRICA’S STORY

In a bid to boost tourism in Africa, it is time that we change our narrative from a continent that needs saving to one that is thriving. This was the key insight at Africa’s Travel Indaba Media Launch held at The Plant Venue Co., Durban on 3rd April 2019.

The media launch provided the opportunity for two of South African Tourism’s Hidden Gems, Jotham’s Place and Discover Durban Tours and Transfers, to tell their success stories. Other speakers included Acting Head of the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Siza Sibanda and Councillor at eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Kaunda.

Keynote speaker of the day, Chief Convention Bureau Officer of South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, elaborated on this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba theme, Africa’s stories, your success, saying Africans must own their narrative so that they can embark on the journey of changing the continent’s story. “We no longer look to the world for affirmation or inspiration, the world looks to us. We are real, vibrant and driven to succeed. So, we invite the world to journey with us and tell the new story of Africa.”

Kotze-Nhlapo added that the responsibility of safeguarding Africa’s narrative is not only up to its storytellers but all Africans. “In this post-truth world, it is up to each of us to be vigilant about the way Africa is depicted. We can be the watchdogs of misrepresented stories and best of all, we have the digital tools to keep the narrative truthful.”

She said social media gives everyone the power to engage with media, influencers and other prominent individuals so that “we can change the narrative together and basically set the story straight”.

Her insights were backed up by South African storyteller, Victor Kgomoeswana, whose presentation ignited what is the new African narrative.

“The greatest story for us to tell is our own; the most effective way to tell it is the African way – because the centre of the universe, literally and figuratively, is in Africa,” he said.

For the first time in Indaba’s history, it will host the Green Stand Awards.   These awards have been successful at Meetings Africa in recent years and is now making its way to Indaba. It recognises exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

Key numbers for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019

  • 1,110 – Number of local, regional and international buyers already confirmed.
  • 890 – Number of exhibitors already confirmed.
  • 104 – Number of African exhibitors from 19 countries already confirmed.

“The above numbers clearly demonstrate that Indaba continues to grow and be the sought after platform for African tourism products,” concluded Kotze-Nhlapo.

 

Tourism in Africa – facts

According to 2018 reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organization and World Travel and Tourism Council:

  • The continent’s total foreign receipts in 2017 amounted to US$ 177,6 billion, contributing 8,1% of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • In 2017, Africa’s share of investment in travel and tourism was US$ 28,2 billion, or 5,7% of total investment in the continent.
  • In 2017, direct travel and tourism employment in Africa rose to 9,3 million, the equivalent of 1 in 11 jobs. This is an 11,2% increase from 2016.

 

South Africa at a glance

  • South Africa saw 10.5-million international tourist arrivals in 2018.
  • It translates to a growth of 1.8% compared to the previous year.
  • The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) had recently announced that South Africa has the largest tourism economy in Africa having contributed 1.5 million jobs (9.2% of South Africa’s employment)
  • Tourism contributes 8.6% to the South African GDP.
  • 44% of the tourism spend came from international travellers, amounting to R128-billion.

56% of spend came from domestic travel, which translates to R163-billion.