Aviation Experts To Brainstorm On Current, Burning Issues At Akwaaba


As Exhibitors From Bahrain, South Africa, Kenya, Others Register For The Event

Aviation experts are to gathered at the at Eko Hotel and Suit venue of the Akwaaba African Travel Market to brainstorm on current and burning issues in the aviation industry.

Akwaaba is coming at a time foreign and domestic airlines are affected by the economic situation in the country, some pulled out their operation from the country due to forex issue and others scaled down their operation to cut cost

According to the organiser, the event is also coming at a time when some Nigerian airlines have also close shops owing to the crisis in the sector, hoping that policy makers in the country will draw from the wealth of experience of experts that are lined up to discuss the issues facing the sector and take appropriate action to get the industry on the right track.

According to the organiser of the event with the topic, “Aviation in Africa and Why Airlines Fail”, the 2nd Aviation day at Akwaaba will draw on the experience of major players in Nigeria’s aviation sector.

With the dwindling fortunes of Nigeria’s aviation industry and the myriad of challenges facing both international and domestic operators in the country, the aviation sector will once again be on the spot light at the 12th Akwaaba Aviation Day Conference on the 31st of October 2016.

The organiser further informed that the most influential players in aviation between 1999 and 2010 will be sharing their experiences at the event.

Experts expected to speak at the gathering include: Former Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN),Richard Aisebeogun and the former Chief Executive Officer(COO) of Overland Airways and ADC will be joined by other speakers to discuss and proffer solutions on how the sector can come out of its current dilemma.

The former FAAN boss, organiser stated would be joined by other notable speakers such as, former Director general of NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren, former Managing Director of Virgin Nigeria Capt Dapo Olumide, former MD of Nigeria Airways Edmund Yomi Jones, a Search and Rescue Expert Capt Mike Omokore and Kenyan Female Aviator Dorcas Aketch formerly of Kenya Airways, Virgin Nigeria and lately Rwandair will be pointing the way out of the Miasma.

The event, the organiser  stated would  be holding from the  to  October 30 to November 1,2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, adding that 30 speakers have been lined up to discuss Aviation and Tourism in Africa.

The Expo organiser added that already, exhibitors from Kenya, Bahrain, Dubai, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Benin Republic, Liberia, Namibia, Zimbabwe have booked for the three day expo.

Recalled that last year, the 11th edition of Akwaaba featured rated experts such as Seyi Olusanya of Once Upon a Destination, who delivered a paper on Planning a Destination Wedding, Adefunke Adeyemi of IATA Regional Head, Member and External Relations Africa and the Middle East, lectured on Transforming Intra-Africa Air Connectivity and Captain Ado Sanusi, Deputy Managing  Director, Arik Air, also delivered a lecture at the Aviation Day that attracted travel agents and tour operators in Nigeria and the West- African Coast, local and international airlines operational in Nigeria, aviation ministries and agencies in Nigeria, aviation analysts and travel, aviation and tourism journalists.

African Travel Market is the only international Travel Fair in West Africa, a population of 270 Million people with 15 Countries, numerous airports and the largest number of travellers in Africa.

The event takes place in Lagos, Nigeria and it is held at the end of October each year.

Over the years, Akwaaba Travel Market has grown to become the most important travel marketing platform in the region drawing attendance from over7, 000 to 10,000 Visitors from 20 Countries.

This Travel Fair not only boasts a large amount of visitors but also excels in the promotion of the exhibitors from the region’s leading hotels, airlines, travel agents, tour operators and similar industry suppliers who participates in the event.

AKWAABA, approved by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as the official travel exhibition in Nigeria, is listed by UNWTO, a partner event of ATA and the only member of ITTFA in West Africa.

Tour Operators Union of Ghana, the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents, African Business Travel Association and the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators have all endorsed Akwaaba African Travel Market.



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