Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru has an indepth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. 

Over the years, he worked in prominent media houses such as The Mail, The Nigerian Observer, The Post Express, Anchor, Traveller's Weekend Magazine now (African Travel Quarterly Magazine) as Editor, New Age Newspapers, and The SUN.

He is versatile, a publisher, outspoken, witty, a team player, a great motivator and widely travelled. He is a public commentator and an accomplished tourism writer in Nigeria. Later he moved over to the travel press and also became their chairman.

The economic impact which tourism has as a foreign exchange earner and job creator has made many nations of the world to lean towards the development of the sector. This report, examines the challenges confronting the Nigeria's hospitality industry and by extension, tourism sector and proffer ways out of the woods When the Manila Declaration on World Tourism in 1980 tipped tourism as an activity essential to the life of nations because of its direct effects on the social, cultural, educational, and economic sectors of national societies and on their international relations many observers and economic pundits had thought that Nigeria will tap into the potentials it offers to diversify its economy and emerge as one of the big economies of the world. Amid the enormous resources, cultural heritages and rich tourist sites the country is endowed with the realities on ground after three decades of that declaration seem to suggest that the wisdom, commitment and political will to explore the opportunities is lost in the scheme of things in the country. Is it the land mass of different flora and fauna, the naturally occurring structures, a wide range of cultures with attendant ceremonies,

THE Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has concluded the categorization and audit exercise on indigenous marine firms with a view to ensuring that they are  first considered in the award of contracts in the oil and gas industry. In a marine vessel categorization procedure, the Board categorize indigenous marine firms into about five categories ‘A ‘ to ‘E’ just as it has concluded plans to publish the report of the categorization exercise on a quarterly basis. The marine vessels categorization of marine vessels provides the opportunity for service vendor to attain higher categorization upon progression in ownership plan and service providers that fail to maintain their current ownership profile or commitments to acquire a vessel would be downgraded to a lower category. The Board also warned that any marine firm that provides false information to win a bid will be dropped from the tender process and sanctioned in accordance with the extant laws of Nigeria.

Lagos — Turkish Airlines has been granted permission by Aviation Minister Stella Oduah to extend its passenger operations to the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, six months after the application by the airline.The approval was contained in a letter signed by the aviation minister and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Turkish Airlines in Istanbul, Turkey. The letter, obtained by Daily Trust and dated 14th August, 2013, titled 'Re: Permission for passenger operations into Abuja and Kano' reads in part: "The Federal Ministry of Aviation wishes to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of Turkish Airlines to improve passenger operations and services, especially on the existing Lagos route. "Further to our ongoing discussions granting Turkish Airline permission for passenger operations into Abuja and Kano, I wish to further refer to your letter Ref No: FMA/ATMD/0046/S.86/V/811 dated February 26th, 2013 requesting approval on various items prior to commencing your Kano operations. "We have re-considered your request and hereby convey the approval on the following: (i) removal of royalty conditions for Abuja-Kano-IST route (ii) approval of daily passenger frequency on Abuja-Kano-IST route (iii) approval of daily cargo frequency on Abuja-Kano-IST route. "We also want you to consider operating passenger cargo services into Enugu Airport as this is also a commercially viable location for Turkish," the letter read further.

Underage marriage, early age child bearing and poor educational attainment for girls, have remained issues of national significance because the Presidency, the State Governments, National and State Houses of Assembly and other arms of government are yet to expedite action to address the worsening problem. The Nigeria Travel Digest, publishers of www.traveldigest.com.ng, who made the assertion over the week  in support of the course, campaign for girl child education, organized by  Uchime  Ndidiamaka Nancy ( FACE OF SOFA 2012), born on the 16th of September 1992 at D.S.C. staff hospital from Anambra state, in Orumba North Local Government Area, village called Amagu Nigeria.

‘‘The huge educational lapses in Nigeria are fast becoming an issue of major concern especially as it relates to the child education in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation goes against most claims made by various arms of the government, especially those at the grassroots level, which in most obvious cases accommodate the majority of the Nigeria Child. The 1948 universal declaration of Human Right provides the first international recognition of the right to education when it stated that, ‘’everyone has the right to education.” More so, chapter four of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and various other sections of the constitution frown against discrimination of any type. The girl child right to education is an economic, social and cultural right, as well as

The Consumer Protection Department (CPD) is a division of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). It was launched in March 2001, to ensure that all aviation consumers obtain the best services in air transportation. Its main mission is to serve as the eagle eye of the industry by being responsible for informing, educating and protecting consumers as well as ensuring the provision of quality services in the aviation industry. Due to the demand from our followers, we have decided to give you this information. Please not that the CPD has a desk at the nation’s airports (we have only confirmed for Lagos airports now) where you can make on the spot complaints.

CarniRiv is in its sixth season – since its revival in 2008 – and still going strong. But this year’s theme comes with an exciting twist, ‘’Going Green”. Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) unveiled this theme with funfare and Nollywood stars at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt From the green carpet to the flamboyantly clad ushers to Nollywood stars, CarniRiv is staying true to its theme this year. Much more than aesthetics, this year’s carnival is to help draw people’s attention to the extent of damage that has been done to our environment and how to make amends. It kicked off with opening compliments and the emergence of the hosts Basorge Tariah Jnr and Julius Agwu whose job on stage turned out to be a two-time comic relief as well. The various celebrities who are also indigenes of the town were recognized and all of which are mostly Nollywood stars such as Monalisa Chinda. Other popular artistes such as Ini Edo, Chika Ike, Mike Ezuronye added a touch of glamour to the event. According to Nabbs Imegwu, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, “This year’s carnival is from December 15th to 21st in the city of Port Harcourt with ten bands in participation. As Africans and especially as the people of Rivers are powering the cultural base and resource of Nigeria, a lot of activities cannot be related to its culture. When we say culture, it is not about masquerades.

British Airways is growing its presence in West Africa and has appointed Kola Olayinka as commercial manager for the region. Olayinka, who was previously the country manager for Nigeria, will be responsible for the airline’s commercial operations in the country as well as Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The airline only started flying to Sierra Leone and Liberia just under a year ago and is already planning to increase services from three to four a week later this month. At the same time, it will increase services to Ghana from seven to 10 a week. From 2014, it will begin operating a Boeing 747-400 on the route, further growing capacity. This is in addition to the direct daily services it operates to Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria from London. “West Africa is an important growth market for us and our customers are better served by a commercial team which knows and understands the region and has the autonomy to respond promptly and effectively to local market conditions,” says Gavin Halliday, Area General Manager, Europe and Africa. “With his extensive experience in the airline industry,

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Kaduna Zone Pilgrims Airlift Ends Saturday

The transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Kaduna Zone will be completed on Saturday, Alhaji Muntaka Coomasie, the zonal Coordinator, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, has said. Coomasie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Wednesday that barring any hitches the evacuation of the pilgrims would be rounded up on time. According to him, 4, 600 pilgrims from Kaduna and Plateau states have been transported to the Holy Land, leaving about 2, 373 to be transported by Saturday. He said that the exercise was going on smoothly, and attributed the success recorded so far to the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the pilgrims and airline officials.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

8 Drown In Lagos Boat Accident

No fewer than eight persons were feared drowned, yesterday, after a commercial boat capsized around Apapa area of Lagos. The engine boat conveying passengers, majority of whom were traders, was reportedly coming from Sagbokoji Village, when tragedy struck. Lagos State Police Command said only two persons were suspected to have drowned in the boat mishap, while seven persons were rescued. Information available to Vanguard revealed that the commercial boat, conveying about 19 passengers, left the village at 7.30a.m., heading towards Lagoon area of Apapa. Midway into the journey, the boat reportedly developed a fault, but the operators assured the passengers they would fix it. Apprehension, however, set in when it became apparent that the boat operators could not rectify the problem. Some of the panic stricken passengers, who could swim, reportedly plunged into the river before the boat reportedly capsized at about 8a.m. Fishermen around the area reportedly rescued some of the passengers.

Tourist numbers are on the increase in China. Official figures showed that 3 billion tourists visited the country last year and the industry was worth 2.3 trillion yuan (376 billion U.S dollars), a year-on-year rise of 12 percent and 17.6 percent respectively. Many places in China, such as southwestern Yunnan and northern Shanxi provinces, have already realized the importance of owning a unique brand and have begun brand-building, which includes image, competitiveness, culture and scenic attraction. The nation’s first tourism law will be fully implemented on Oct. 1, which experts say will help upgrade the industry, as it will help to rectify unruly behavior among both agencies and tourists. The law will protect the rights of tourists and enforce safety measures at scenic sites. The law includes provisions to counter the practice of zero, or even negative, fare tours. These are tours sold at or below cost price to lure ingenuous travelers who are then forced to purchase goods or tip guides while on holiday.

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