ATQ News has released the list of nominees for the 2020 Balafon Awards to be recognized at the 6th Accra Weizo, the West African tourism and travel fair, scheduled to take place in June. Voting has commenced online on ATQNews.com, while nominations for the ‘Award of the Decade’ should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org promptly. Nominations and voting will close on May 11, 2020. The prestigious Balafon Award of excellence has been received by several deserving individuals and corporate bodies in the West Africa. Past winners include the Director General of the National Council for Arts & Culture of Nigeria, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe (2019 Tourism Man of the Year), Captain Solomon Quainoo (2019 Aviation Man of the Year), and Stella Fubara of Dubai Tourism (2018 Travel Personality of the Year). Past corporate winners include: Carnival Calabar, Air Peace, Kotoka International Airport, Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra and many more. This year, in addition to the usual annual awards, several worthy individuals and leading corporate entities in the industry will be honoured with awards of the decade. The winners of the 2020 Balafon Awards will be published on ATQNews.com before the 6th Accra Weizo takes place. Accra Weizo themed, “seamless travel is West Africa,” is the regional travel and tourism expo which brings industry professionals together across West Africa. Initiated in 2014 by ATQ News, Accra Weizo West African travel expo which is hosted annually in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra will celebrate its sixth edition this year with 2019 Balafon Award winner, Captain Solomon Quianoo, the first Ghanaian to fly the world’s biggest passenger aircraft A380 has been confirmed as the guest speaker. WEST AFRICAN TRAVEL AWARDS NOMINEES (BALAFON AWARD) AWARD OF THE DECADE(2010 – 2020) AWARD OF THE YEAR (2019/2020) Tourism Personality of The Decade Travel Personality of the Decade Aviation Personality of the Decade Hotel GM of the Decade Tour Operator of the Decade Travel Agent of the Decade Hotel Personality of the Decade Hotel of the Decade Boutique Hotel of the Decade Business Hotel of the Decade Budget Hotel of the Decade Resort of the Decade Beach Resort of the decade Presidential Suite of the Decade Restaurant of the Decade Hotel Conference Centre of the Decade Events/Conference Centre of the Decade Hotel Restaurant of the Decade West African Airline of the Decade African Airline of the Decade Non-African Airline of the Decade Ground Handling Company of the Decade Travel Company of the Decade Tourism Personality of the Year Aviation Personality of the Year Travel Personality of the Year Hotel Personality of the Year Hotel GM of the Year Hotel of the Year Resort of the Year Beach Resort of the Year Boutique Hotel of the Year Business Hotel of the Year Budget Hotel of the Year Presidential Suite of the Year Airline of the Year in West Africa (Non-African) Turkish Airlines (TK) British Airways (BA) Air France (AF) Emirates (EK) Airline of the Year in West Africa (African) South African Airways (SA) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) EgyptAir (MS) Kenya Airways (KQ) West African Airline of the Year: AirPeace (P4) Africa World Airlines (AW) Air Côte d’Ivoire (HF) ASKY Airlines (KP) Tourism Event of the Year: Afro-Nation, Ghana Carnival Calabar, Nigeria PANAFEST, Ghana Fête du Vodun, Bénin République Hotel Conference Centre of the Year: Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos Nigeria Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja Nigeria Kempinski Hotel Gold coast City, Accra Ghana King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar Senegal Event/Conference Centre of the Year: Palais des Congres, Lomé Togo Accra International Conference Centre, Accra Ghana Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre (CICAD), Dakar Senegal Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja Nigeria Airport of the Year: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Nigeria Kotoka International Airport, Accra Ghana Blaise Diagne International Airport, Dakar Senegal Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport, Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire International Tourism Marketing Agency of the Year: Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) South Africa Tourism (SAT) Gambia Tourism Board (GTB) Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Ghana is the leading Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) destination in West Africa and ranks number one on ICCA ratings. Hosting Accra Weizo reinforces the positioning of Accra for MICE and Ghana for tourism. ATQnews.com is the biggest Travel News platform in Africa and a member of Travel Media Group. It is the online platform for African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) and Travellers magazine, the first Travel magazine in West Africa which solely focuses on travel and tourism issues.
In conjunction with sister company Aftm, it organises Akwaaba African Travel market, the biggest gathering of global travel and tourism professionals in West Africa, Accra Weizo and Abuja Jabamah to promote domestic tourism in Nigeria.