The 2016 Akwaaba African Travel Market has come and gone. The event which took place at the prestigious Eko Hotels Convention Center, Lagos from 30th October to 1st November, attracted high profile dignitaries and participants from the Aviation, Travel, Hospitality and Tourism industry.
To make sure the memories of the event live with us for a long time, at least until the next edition, The Afritraveller was there and came back with these memories.
South African Tourism stand
Deputy Minister, Zimbabwe Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Annastacia Ndlouv cutting of the tape to declare the event open. Ikechi Uko, guests from Dubai Tourism watch in admiration.
Former First Lady of Cross-River State, Mrs Onari Duke, addressing guests at the dinner.
Calabar dancers entertaining guests at the opening ceremony.
Ire, the Nigerian folk singer thrilling guests at the event with her soulful performance.
Nigeria's Faze of 'Originality' thrilling guests at the opening ceremony.
A cross section of guests at the dinner/opening ceremony.
Mr. Gabe Onah, Chairman, Carnival Calabar Commission, addressing guests during the opening ceremony.
The organizer of the event, Mr. Ikechi with the Deputy Minister, Zimbabwe Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Annastacia Ndlouv.
Mr. Gabe Onah (Chairman, Carnival Calabar Commission); Ebele Enemchukwu (Mrs. Tourism United Nations World) and Vincenzo Orlandini of Suffy Travels.
Ebele Enemchukwu pose with some of the Organisers of the 2016 Akwaaba African Travel Market.
South African Tourism Models, I couldn't get enough of them.
South African Airways came with the Airbus A330-200...
...and Ethiopian Airlines brought the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
British Airways did not officially come, but their Boeing 747-400 definitely did...with a friend.
Sally Mbanefo, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, playing folk songs with school children at the event.