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ATQNews unveils final list of Tourism 100 Club 2019

The 7th edition of the Abuja Jabamah, is set to take place on the 18th of November 2019 at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.

As part of activities lined up for the event, leading tourism personalities in Nigeria will be inducted into the Tourism 100 Club.

Travellers Magazine last year unveiled a list of 100 tourism
personalities in Nigeria who have made a mark through their contributions to the development of tourism in Nigeria and they cut across sectors including government, hospitality, tour operations and the media.

According to the magazine’s publisher, Ikechi Uko, “In 1998, the Travellers magazine published its first compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club and the compilation served the industry well as it was a database of ‘who is who’ in tourism business in Nigeria.” “Twenty years after, an update was needed and we came up with the list of Top 100 tourism personalities who have made tourism in Nigeria in 2018. In 2019 we have decided to promote the emerging performers in the industry.

Nominees for Induction:
Youth Tourism Promoters
1. Lola Adefope – MD, Business Travel Management
2. Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday- Lead Consultant , Tojum Hospitality
3. Odion Chigbufue – G.M, Tour Brokers International
4. Oguntoye Taiwo Oye – Co-founder Twins Tourism
5. Oguntoye Kehinde Oladele- Co-founder Twins Tourism
6. Anago Osho- Founder, Anago Osho Adventures and Heritage Preservation
7. Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan – MD, Omotosho Travels and Tours
8. Bolaji Seun- MD, Naija Explorers
9. Debbie Egwuogu – CEO, Waka with Debbie
10. Michael Balogun – CEO, Tour 2 Nigeria
11. Dein Gbabo, Business Development Manager, Akwaaba Travel Market
12. Paul Ukachukwu – Facilitator, Akwaaba African Youth in Tourism Conference
13. Tolulope Ogundipe – CEO, Tulpan Travels and Tours
14. Abigail Adesina Olagbaye

Emerging Leaders of the Industry
15. Jennifer Awoh – Marketing and communications officer, SAT
16. Adun Okupe – CEO, Red Clay Advisory
17. Justina Ovat – Founder, Calabar Hospitality House
18. Geraldine Itoe – CEO, Nova Rosta Ltd
19. Nneka Unachukwu-Okaro- CEO, Janine’s Travel Company
20. Lydia Akpadiaha – Head, Marketing and Media , Remlord tours
21. Johnpaul Ezeani – CEO, Iconnect Tourism Limited
22. Mofe Runsewe – CEO, Naija Nomads
23. Aminat Akanbi – Founder, Triplisters
24. Funmi Oyatogun – CEO. Tvp Tours.
25. Diala Chibuikem- CEO, International Hospitality, Tourism & Eco- Sustainability Forum
26. Bukola Akomolafe – Commercial Manager, Travelstart.
27. Oludayo Taiwo Gideon – CEO, Aeroport Travels ,Tours and Aviation school
28. Capt. Oudah Kenneth Anate – CEO, Stay Up Aviation School.
29. Olusola Segbenu – CEO, Travel Afcon
30. Patricia Ozioma – CEO, Smoothwaka Tours
31. Victoria Onyemuwa- CEO, Akenn Travels and Tours Limited
32. Derinsola Shotunde Taiyeloolou- CEO Derin Meat Foods Products Ent
33. Ubong Ekpe Okon – CEO, Akwa Tourism Development Company
34. Rita Obidike – SKAL President
35. Samson Aturu – President, HATMAN
36. Precious Okonji – FTAN Secretary
37. Ime Udo –VP, NATOP
38. Onuaha Maryann Nkiruka – CEO- Bellamaria travels
39. Hassan Abdulmalik – Fmr President,NANTA
40. Shalom Asuquo – CEO, Travelab
41. Patrick Chidi – CEO, Jolie Global travels
42. Peace Iyare- CEO,PeacefulSky
43. Capt. Emmanuel Lordsgreat- CEO, Exodus Academy
44. Piriye Kiyaramo CEO,Travel Club
45. Erhahon Uhnamure – MD, Brisk Marketing and Travels
46. Ibiwari Uloma Kemabonta – Managing Director, Retz Holiday Ltd
47. Aniedi Udofia – CEO, EDC Travels and Tours
48. Ifeoma Aneke – CEO, Allure Travels and Tours
49. Jibola Oluseye- CEO, Itravels and Tours
50. Wole Ayorinde – Co- Founder,Travel Beta
51. Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi- CEO, Olabaf Travels and Tours
52. Ajibola Ogunkeye – CEO, Ufitfly
53. Obumneke Obioma- CEO, Geo2urist Global Exhibition
54. Makanjuola Ibrahim Sholar – MD, Getitome Travels
55. Chiamaka Ifediora – CEO, Merging Boarders

Media List
56. Andrew Okungbowa – New Telegraph
57. Justina Okpanku
58. Hope Obeten – Calabar Blog
59. Niyi David – More Cream than Coffee
60. Hannah Oni – Leadership Newspaper
61. Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi – Global Village Extra
62. Dozie Uzo- The Afritraveller
63. Fisayo Olayinka-Bello- TheFisayo,
64. Chinyere Nwanma Ogidi-
65. Friday Nwosu – Reporter, ATQ News
66. Chigozie Chukwuemeka – Project Manager, Jedidah Promotions Ltd,
67. Sunday Onen – Image Developer/ Web Admin , ATQ News
68. Glory Okon – splendour Tv

Events
69. Ayo Shadare – CEO, Inspiro Productions Ltd
70. Abom Ephraim Okon – Organiser, Annang Festivals of Arts & Culture
71. Chinedu Okeke / Oriteme Banigo – Founders, Gidifest
72. Ozo Chinedu Idezuna Ezemuo- Organiser, Eko Oni Baje Festival
73. Dr. Iyam Ugot – Carnival Calabar, Band Leader
74. Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon – CEO, Badagry Citi Tour
75. Hon. Adiele Ekene – Organiser, Ukwa Carnival, Abia

Hospitality
76. Chef Gbechoevi Benoit
77. Chef Eric Mekwuye
78. Chef Fatima Haruna
79. Chef Sleek Esther
80. Chef Folashade Soyombo
81. Eyitayo Ayoola – CEO, Esporta
82. Chukwudi Oforha- Ibari Oqwa Owerri
83. Monday Uko – CEO, Monty Suites
84. Micheal Monday Idakwo- Hotel Consultant, Abuja
85. Gabriel S Watat
86. Jovita Inyang- Founder, Jevinik
87. Sunmonu Dauud Gbenga – Complete Culinary and Hospitality Academy

Government/ Allied
88. Commissioner for Tourism Akwa Ibom – Orman Esin
89. Permanent Secretary Lagos State- Mr Olaide Mesewaku Babatunde
90. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni- Conservator General, National Park Service
91. Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege– Olota of Ota
92. Acting DG Nihotour – Alhaji Kabir M. Momoh
93. Commissioner for Tourism Lagos State- Mrs Shuli Adebolu
94. Commissioner for Tourism Ondo – Mr Ismaila Olurisimi Ayodeji
95. Commissioner for Tourism Imo – Chijioke Nzekwe
96. Commissioner for Tourism Ekiti – Hon. Muyiwa Olumilua
97. Commissioner for Tourism Ogun- Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo
98. Commissioner for Tourism Sokoto – Mohammed S. Arewa
99. Commissioner for Tourism Edo State – Mr Osazee Osemwengie- Ero
100. Director of Domestic Tourism Federal Ministry of Information and culture – Mrs Halima Sanni

Some notable names that were inducted last year include Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; DG National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe and DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin Coker, the Commissioners for Tourism in Lagos and Plateau States, Steve Ayorinde and Mrs. Tamwakat Weli respectively.

Other events lined for Abuja Jabamah 2019 includes: Familiarisation Trip, Sampling of Northern Cuisine With Chef Fatima, and a B2B Session.

Abuja Jabamah is a Travel event put together by the organizers of Akwaaba African Travel Market in its efforts to drive domestic tourism. It seeks to play host to a huge travelling population, hotels, tour operators and travel agents to recognised and Induct the 2019 batch of Nigeria’s Tourism 100 club.

The 2019 inductees with a key focus on emerging leaders within the youth population consists of exceptional tourism promoters, CEO’s, Government officials, Media and Exceptional employees of Companies positioning Nigerian Tourism to the world. There will be B2B speed networking sessions while specifically showcasing the tourism attractions of northern Nigeria and delegates will have the opportunity to have a taste of Northern delicacies which will be catered by Abuja’s Chef Fatima.

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