African Travel Times, Nigeria and West Africa only monthly travel and tourism magazine has announced the institution of an annual award.
According to its Publisher/Editor, Lucky Onoriode George, the award is to annually recognize ‘Excellence’ in the travel and tourism sector in Nigeria, saying that, a genuine and respected award in the industry was long overdue, especially in an industry that is service based.
He noted, “asking the travelling public that lack the technicality and experience of how the travel and tourism industry works to select the best hotel, restaurant and even the best airline in an operating environment annually is wrong”
George posited that, it is the process that differentiates the new awards from others, as awardees will be selected by professionals in the various subsectors”.
For the 2014 and the inaugural edition, the magazine is recognizing organisations and individuals that made giant strides in the industry in the out-going year.
“Based on the decision of our panel industry experts, the following organizations and individuals emerged winners”.
God Is Good Motors - Best Emerging Transport Company in Nigeria.
Eko Hotel & Suites - Most Supportive Travel and Tourism Organization.
Joseph Rennie, General Manager, Hotel Presidential receiving his hotel’s award from Lucky Onoriode George, Publisher, African Travel Times magazine.
Carnival Calabar - Best Domestic Tourism Product.
ABC Transport Plc - Best Family Friendly Transport Company in Nigeria.
Other winners are:
Sally Mbanefo, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation [NTDC] - Tourism Personality of the Year.
Gov. Godswill Akpabio - For Transforming Akwa Ibom State into an emerging Destination In Nigeria.
Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt - Most Resilient Performance Award in the Hospitality Industry.
So far, some of the winners have received their awards in private while others have been notified and presentation will be done at a later date.
Meanwhile, Mr. George said that from this year, the awards ceremony will form part of his publication’s annual travel and tourism dinner, a special event to bring together industry practitioners, suppliers and related establishments.
. Iyadunni Gbadebo, Sales Manager, Eko Hotel & Suites and one her Assistant, Damilola Koya with the hotel's award.
African Travel Times hit the newsstand in 2011 and has grown to become the most widely and authoritative travel and tourism publication in Nigeria, with an online presence that can be access everywhere in the world.