Akwaaba African Travel Market is an annual event that attracts visitors from over 20 African countries hosted in Lagos, Nigeria.
One of Africa’s most prominent women, Senators Florence Ita Giwa who doubles as the chairperson of carnival Calabar and promoter cuisine received the delegates of the Expo as a special guest of honours.
Among the participating countries were Ghana Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Gambia, Benin and host country Nigeria. In his welcome address, the organizer of the Expo Mr. Ikechi Uko expressed his profound gratitude to Destination Management Companies and organizations for harmonizing the tourism travel trade business in Africa.
He stressed the need for easier travel connectivity among African States.
The Ghana Tourism Authority led a team of professionals from the Chefs Association of Ghana, Ghana Tourism Federation, and private tour operators to the 14th West African Event.
Six Ghanaian Travel and Tours companies Dodi Travel, Kaya Tours, Apstar Tours, and Pacific Tours emerged among the top 100 travel and tour operators in Africa. Ghana displayed most of its national cuisine like Ampesi, Apapransa, Jollof rice with Sobolo, Asana and chocolates to give the participants and exhibitors a taste of Ghana.
Over 15 companies from Dubai participated in the Exhibition to boost Destination Dubai to Nigeria traveller.
The Gambian Tourist Board took the opportunity to renew their presence in Nigeria as part of its efforts to increase awareness for prospective travellers and investors. The Expo ended with a high powered B2B session, which featured leading travel and tourism businesses across Africa, there were other exciting activities such as Gambia Day, Ethiopia Day, Africa Top 100 Tour Operators coupled with cultural performance and jollof competition between Ghana, Nigeria, and Gambia.
Mr. Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey also known as Abeiku Santana who emerged among Top 100 tour operating in Africa, expressed his profound gratitude to God almighty, his wife, staff and patrons who have propelled him to this great height.
Abeiku Santana is expected in Mombasa Kenya, next month for another international ceremony.