A journalist with The Guardian Newspapers, Chuks Nwanne, has emerged the ‘Travel Reporter of the Year’ at the just-concluded Nigeria Travel Awards in Lagos.
The ceremony, which was organised by Jumia Travel, Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, was held at the prestigious Four Points by Sheraton.
Other winners were The Wells Carlton Hotels & Apartments, Abuja, which was named as the “Hotel of the Year”; Eko Hotel & Suites won the “Best Business Hotel” and “Jumia Travel Booking” awards; Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort won the “Best Leisure Hotel”; Air Peace won the “Best Local Airline” for the second year running; Emirates Airline won the “Best International Airline;” while Tour2Nigeria won the “Best Travel Blogger/Vacation Planner.”
Delivery his lecture, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, who was represented by the Director, Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture, Mrs Saidat Olaitan Otulana, stated that the tourism growth plan of Governor Ambode led administration has turned Lagos to a safe and welcoming tourist destination.
Ayorinde said, “For us at the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, all we have done in almost four years is to commit to the governor’s growth agenda on the creative economy through what he called “Project T.H.E.S.E” which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports for Excellence. It is a known fact that the agenda, which informed the deliberate investment in human capital and infrastructure with remarkable impact on the creative industry, has lived up to its promise in the last three and half years.
“Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents one of the main sources of income for many developing countries. And this precisely is why the Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has accorded the sector huge attention and committed huge resources into developing it in order to make it a model sector that will perform the tripartite role of rebranding the state as a safe and welcoming destination for visitors; of creating opportunities for different levels of stakeholders and to further develop the sector as a thriving and profitable venture for both investors and stakeholders on one hand, and government as regulators and enablers on the other hand.
In her opening remark for the awards presentation, the Managing Director of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Miss Omolara Adagunodo said that the Awards is organised to raise the service delivery bar in the Nigeria Travel/Hospitality Industry, and encourage all hotels and airlines in the country to offer the highest quality of service to their customers.