Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The Cross River Government, organisers of the annual Leboku International Cultural Festival, says it will unveil three new tourism sites during the 2016 celebration.
Mr Kenn Aklar, Special Adviser to the Governor on Events Management stated this during the pre-Leboku briefing in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Aklar named the new sites as: Edem Omini Akpa stone located in Ijiman; Ekumiede Water Fall in Biokobioko; and the Leiwil Wettu Cool and warm spring in Yakurr Local Government Area.
The theme for this year’s festival is Celebration of Peace.
The special adviser said it was inspired by the peace being enjoyed by people in Yakurr.
``The theme is meant to promote co-existence among the Yakurr people after the end of prolonged communal clashes by communities‘’, he said.
The special adviser added that the state government was a key collaborator to the peace process.
He said the Leboku cultural festival was part of Cross River Government's agro tourism drive.
According to him, the government would continue to create enabling environment that would make room for youths’ participation and productivity.
He assured its collaborative partners - MTN - of the state's commitment to see that they recouped their investments.
Mrs Chinyere Otele, MTN regional Trade/Marketing Manager for South/ South, thanked the state for the partnership the telecommunication company had enjoyed in the last 10 years.
She reiterated the telecommunication provider's commitment to continue to put the event on a world stage via its continuous sponsorship.
The Paramount Ruler of Ugep, Ofem Eteng, said the new sites would add value to Cross River’s rich tourism potentials.
He said Leboku cultural festival was culturally and spiritually significant in the history of the Ugeps and Yakurr at large.
He commended MTN for bringing the festival to international recognition, adding that partnership with MTN had achieved a significant milestone.
``The event has provided opportunities for MTN to add value to lives through its fusion of tradition to its products’’, he said.
The festival begins on Monday.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has appealed to the media to project a positive image of Nigeria instead of echoing the misinformation about widespread insecurity in the country.
Receiving members of the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja , the Minister urged the media to be wary of spreading the misinformation that 20 out of the 36 states in Nigeria are not safe, saying every Nigerian state is safe for investment and tourism.
''If they want to tell their people not to come to Nigeria, we do not need to help them to spread the news,'' he said. ''You do not need to spread news about Nigeria that will hurt investment and tourism.''
Alhaji Mohammed enjoined members of the Association to complement the efforts of the government in promoting the good image of the country, saying perception management and aggressive marketing are key to the promotion of tourism in Nigeria.
"I will mention an area which is dire to tourism and development. That is the area of marketing tourism. We do not market tourism enough in this country. Tourism is driven by perception more than by reality. What do I mean? Today, countries that are less endowed and peaceful than Nigeria...go on CNN and Aljazeera to advertise their countries as the countries of peace and stability. We must change the perception and invest in perception management,'' he said.
The Minister said the ministry is working to change the general perception about tourism as a mere leisure instead of as a business, because of its huge potential in the diversification of the economy, hence the renewed drive to partner with the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to rejig the nation's tourism architecture.
Alhaji Mohammed told the Association that he had made recommendation for the resuscitation of the Presidential Council on Tourism (PCT) involving all stakeholders across ministries, departments and agencies with a view to fashioning out a holistic approach towards the development of tourism in the country.
He urged leaders to do more to promote domestic tourism in Nigeria by spending their vacation in the country, as leaders in other climes do.
In his address, the National President of the Association, Kabir Mallam, hailed the Minister for his uncommon commitment to repositioning tourism in Nigeria.
"Permit me sir to appreciate you for the three significant outings since assumption of office: Tourism and Culture Summit held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel on the 28th and 29th April, 2016; Your appearance before the House of Representatives on May 3rd 2016 and most recent visit to the UNWTO this month," he said.
He called for a review of the Tourism Master plan to conform to current realities, saying the Association has set up a committee to complement government in that regard.
Mallam called for the enactment of a law to regulate tourism practice in Nigeria to guard against the unscrupulous activities of quacks in the sector.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Kerzner International Names New President and Chief Executive Officer
Outgoing CEO of MHR to Take the Helm at Expanding Hospitality and Leisure Leader
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 August 2016 - Kerzner International Holdings (KIH), the leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences, announced the appointment of Jean-Gabriel Pérès as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.
As the outgoing CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Jean-Gabriel has overseen the daily operations of the 16,000-staff hotel management company for 17 years. His role was instrumental in driving the global expansion of the company into Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
“Jean-Gabriel joins us at a very opportune moment in our journey as we embark on an accelerated growth and expansion plan to take Kerzner to new places around the world, from China to Mexico and beyond,” says His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, Executive Director and CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai, and Chairman of Kerzner International.
Jean-Gabriel possesses an international work experience that spans more than 30 years in the upscale hospitality and luxury retail industries, with deep knowledge of the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Mövenpick, he spent 11 years with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, following his tenure with engineering firm Matra/Lagardere Group, now known as EADS, where he led strategic partnerships in the United States and the Middle East.
“Throughout his career, Jean-Gabriel has carved his expertise in building exemplary corporate cultures, achieving customer satisfaction, and driving superior returns for the companies he worked at,” Al Shaibani added. “I look forward to seeing KIH prosper and grow its global footprint under his stewardship.”
Born and raised in France, Jean-Gabriel holds a Master in Business Administration from the prestigious ESSEC Business School in Paris. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several corporations and has been an active member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Jean-Gabriel’s official start date with Kerzner will be announced in due course.
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