Nigeria’s shortlisted seven Natural Wonders is to be unveiled at the 17th edition of the leading travel and tourism expo in West Africa, Akwaaba African Travel Market scheduled for November 29th–30th, 2021 in Lagos.
A statement by the Organiser and Publisher of ATQ, Mr. Ikechi Uko said that the search for the Seven Wonders of Nigeria was launched last year to draw attention to the tourist attractions in the country.
A committee, he said was put together by the organisers of Naija7Wonders to handle the search.
The committee, he said is made of 150 Top Tourism Practitioners in Nigeria, who according to him are all members of the elite group of Tourism 100 Club.
The Committee , he explained shortlisted 35 destinations for the public to choose from and the winners will be announced at Akwaaba.
Akwaaba is the largest gathering of travel professionals in West Africa with over 3,000 delegates attending and it has over the years become the meeting place for travel and tourism practitioners in Africa.
The event has drawn attendance from over 20 nations.
Some of the Very Important Persons(VIPs), who have graced the event in the past includes: former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of The Gambia Late Dawda Jawara, the former Vice President of Nigeria, late Alex Ekwueme and the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations Sir Emeka Anyaoku.
Others are the former Governor of Lagos State Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Cross River State Senator Liyel Imoke and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State. Serving Ministers of Tourism from Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Seychelles have all attended past editions of Akwaaba.
The current President of South African Football Dr. Danny Jordaan had also made a presentation at Akwaaba.
Leading hotels, airlines and destinations including Dubai, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Gambia, Benin, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Libya, USA, Spain and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (UK) had all participated in the African Travel Market.
The successful nature of Akwaaba compelled the organiser to start another event; the Accra Weizo in Ghana,which has been held in Accra for 5 years consecutively.
Because of the effect of the COVID 19 pandemic, Akwaaba is dedicating this year’s event to Hospitality and the Leisure Economy and their capacity to heal.
There will be trainings on M.I.C.E and a Specialist Certificate course on Tourism in Nigeria, discussions and panels on Hospitality and Standardisation in Nigeria
The 2 day event will attract the attention of experts from Africa and Nigeria to expose and dissect relevant topics at the event.
The exhibition will run for 2 days at Eko Hotel Convention Centre from the 29th of November to the 30th.