Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has won the 2016 Atqnews Tourism Man of the Year award. This is as the CEO of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema also emerged the Aviation Man of the year while Mr. Obinna Okezie, Managing Director of Wakanow, won the award for Travel Personality of the Year.
The awards will be formally presented to the recipients at the Travellers Night Gala Dinner on the 16th March 2016 at De Edge Hotel Resort, Port Harcourt during 2017 edition of Port Harcourt Bantaba.
Prof.Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, was voted Tourism Man of the Year for sustaining the Carnival Calabar and most importantly, for improving on the offerings of the carnival with the international edition.
Mr. Allen Onyema, Managing Director of Air Peace was voted the Aviation Man of the Year for positioning Air Peace as one of leading domestic airlines in Nigeria including its expansion drive on the Ghana route.
Mr. Obinna Okezie, Managing Director of Wakanow won the Travel Man of the Year for building the travel company to become a big African brand with branches abroad.
Other awards include Hospitality Man of the Year: Chief Nnaeto Orazuruike of The Genesis group; The 3 Most Active Tourism States in Nigeria Cross River State, Lagos State ands Osun State. Domino's Pizza for the best Quick Service Restaurant while the Restaurant of the Year award goes to The Place.
According to the organizer, Mr. Ikechi Uko, "Last year was difficult in Nigeria. But some organizations and people dared, and did good things that brought good news to Travel and Tourism. These great efforts and successes are worth recognizing and celebrating."
Port Harcourt Bantaba is organized by ATQnews.com, a member of Travel Media Group, in partnership with Akwaaba African Travel Market.