ATQ Unveils Winners of Balafon Award for Tourism in West Africa

June 15, 2019


African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) has released the list of winners of the prestigious Balafon Awards to be recognised at the annual West African tourism and travel fair, Accra Weizo.
The award winners are the best performers in the industry chosen by the publishers of - 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. started publishing offline about 30 years ago. features reports that cover a wide range of topics within the travel and tourism sectors which are intended for an ever-increasing and passionate audience of readers and travellers from all over the world.


2019 BALAFON West African Travel and Tourism AWARDS:

1. Travel Personality of the Year in West Africa -      Chief Allen Onyema (Air Peace)
2. Tourism Man of the Year in West Africa         -      Otunba Segun Runsewe- DG, Nigeria Council For Art and Culture   
3. Aviation Man of the Year in West Africa -             Captain Solomon Quianoo (Ghana)
4. Hotel Personality of the Year in West Africa -       Amaechi Ndili – Golden Tulip West Africa
5. Best Airline in West Africa -                                   African World Airline (AWA)
6. Best Hotel in West Africa   -                                   Kempinski Goldcity Hotel.
7. Best Airport in West Africa (for government agencies) –  Kotoka International Airport, Ghana.
8. Best Ground Handling Company in West Africa – Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL)
9. Best Tourism Marketing Agency in West Africa -              Ghana Tourism Authority
10. Best Tourism event of the Year in West Africa -              Carnival Calabar, Nigeria


11. Top twenty (20) Conference centers in West Africa:

Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana

Kempinski Goldcoast city Hotel, Ghana

La Palm Royal Beach, Accra, Ghana.

Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana

Labadi Hotel, Accra, Ghana

Alisa Hotel North Ridge, Ghana.

Abuja International Conference Centre , Nigeria

Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

Eko Hotel & Suites Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

The Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.          

Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

Salle de Conference, Dakar, Senegal.

Kairaba Beach Hotel, Gambia

Coral Beach, Brufut, Gambia.

Palais Des Congress, Cotonou, Benin.

Hotel du 2 Fevrier, Lome Togo.

Sofitel Abidjan Hotel I’voire, Abidjan

Hotel President, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.


Accra Weizo has been organized in Ghana for 4 years now and the 2019 edition is slated for June 28th and 29th.

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