ANDY OSA EHANIRE: Obaseki needs to rescue what is left of Ogba Zoo

Background Andy Osa Ehanire is the Chief Executive of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Benin City, Edo State, and also the National Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Zoos and Parks (NAZAP). He speaks on the efforts at resuscitating this foremost eco-tourism enclave and rescuing it from land poachers, who are hell bent on decimating the state’s only claim to eco-tourism wealth. Ogba Zoo and Nature Park is Edo State’s foremost conservation and tourism enclave, could you tell us about the historical background of the zoo and what it was…

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The building blocks of tourism products: Destination Cross River as a model

The former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, was the keynote speaker at the annual general meeting and tourism conference 2017 of the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) held recently in Lagos, ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA, captures his seminal presentation on ‘The building blocks of tourism products’         Prologue It was a packed audience of travel trade professionals, including government officials, at the banquet hall of Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, venue of the recently held annual general meeting and tourism conference 2017 of the Nigeria…

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Lagos assures operators of bars, restaurants, lounges, others of security of business

Lagos State government has assured operators in the hospitality business of the security of their businesses. It insisted that its recent prohibition on live band music in beer parlours, restaurants, food vendor spots and other related facilities, is not intended to put the lid on the businesses but to check uncontrolled noise pollution and protect the health of the residents. This assurance was given by state Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during a-day stakeholders’ summit with club owners, hotels, lounges, and restaurants among others.He said the state had…

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Zurab Pololikashvili emerges new UNWTO secretary general

Georgia’s Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to Spain, Zurab Pololikashvili, has emerged as the new secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). He defeated six other contenders after a hotly contested race in the second rounds, garnering 18 votes to clinch the coveted position at week’s election by the 105ft session of the 34 members Executive Council of UNWTO at its Madrid, Spain headquarters. Pololikashvili’s election is expected to be endorsed during the 21st session General Assembly of the global tourism apex body holding in Chengdu, China,…

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FTAN, NTDC commit to tourism promotion

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) have pledged commitment to the promotion and marketing of Nigeria tourism, this was disclosed during a meeting between the two organisations in Abuja recently. The Director General of NTDC, Folorunsho Folarin-Coker: “We need to start within our domain, focusing on consumption of our assets, promotion and development of domestic tourism, which will create multiple effects on job creation and poverty alleviation.” He emphasised that “tourism identity would go a long way to project the country…

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Folarin-Coker woos ANJET for destination branding

The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, has pledged the commitment of the corporation in working with the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Travel (ANJET), in the marketing of Nigeria tourism just as ANJET offered the support of its platform in the pursuit of the aspirations of the DG and Nigeria tourism. Folarin-Coker, who was reacting to a 13-point agenda presented to him by ANJET, which is the umbrella body of tourism and travel writers in the country, during a courtesy visit to…

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GTBANK FOOD AND DRINK FAIR: Culinary gathering of different hues

Penultimate week the culinary world was lighted with different hues and colours and the people agog with excitement as they were treated to sumptuous and lavished meals to their fill. The occasion was the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which held in Lekki area of Lagos between April 30 and May 1. For two days, the bank created a forum for people in the food and drink value chain, ranging from suppliers of fresh and raw food to suppliers of finished products and cooks to showcase their products and skills…

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