The Chairperson of Carnival Calabar and a promoter of African cuisine Senator Florence Ita-Giwa will be the special guest at this year’s Jollof Rice competition at Akwaaba African Travel Market.
The Culinary Tourism contest will involve three West African countries (Nigeria, Ghana and The Gambia). Last year’s edition, 25 chefs from Ghana and Nigeria participated in the contest tagged #jollofricewar.
This year, the Gambia Tourism Board has nominated Mrs Ida Cham of Yabouy Home cooking to represent The Gambia. The National Council for Arts and Culture will be presenting Nigeria food culture at the Nigerian day at Akwaaba.
According to the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe “Nigerians need to project their rich culture in different manners. “Our very rich cuisine is worthy of global acclaim. What we did in Russia at The World Cup showcasing Nigerian culture to the World is the template we want to use to make the world fall in love with Nigeria and its rich culture.”
The President of the World Craft Council wants Nigerians and foreigners to visit the NCAC stand to learn more about NAFEST and other cultural events happening in Nigeria. Nigeria day is on Sunday, September 9.
Also the organisser of AfTM have comfirmed that 15 travel companies from leading Tourism Destination in Middle East and Africa, Dubai will be attending Akwaaba for this year with over 15 companies. Dubai has become the biggest Destination for Nigerian Travellers with over 20 flights a day terminating in Dubai from Lagos and Abuja. It is believed that over 300,000 Nigerians pass through Dubai every year.
These companies coming under DTCM include. Jumeirah, Red Apple, Khimji, Sun and Sand, Apha Tours, Swissotel, Copthorne Hotel and Rayna Tourism.
Others are Mgallery, Arabian Adventures, Dubai Health Authority, Wings Tours, Pullman City Centre Hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels and Ritz Carlton.
Again, the Gambia Tourism Board has renew its promotional bid in Nigeria as part of latest efforts to increase awareness for The Gambia as an all year tourism destination for discerning Nigerian visitors and prospective investors. The Gambia Tourism Board has announced its participation at the 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market holding in Lagos between Sunday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The country has confirmed to participate in this year’s edition with a 20-man delegation which includes top stakeholders in the tourism industry to be led by the Director-General, Gambia Tourism Board.
The organisers of Akwaaba Travel Market, “the Marketing Director, Gambia Tourism Board, Adama Njie promised visitors to the Gambia stand on Gambia Day of an unforgettable experience with top hotels, tour operators and stakeholders from The Gambia.
He assured visitors a taste of some of our national cuisine, music and multimedia presentation of the range of our trendy and exquisite resort facilities, cultural patrimony, ecotourism, exotic fauna and flora attributes throughout our beautiful country, which have earned The Gambia the acronym –the Smiling Coast of Africa.
The Gambia Day event is set to flow from Sunday with the Jollof rice contest into Monday where the Gambia Day proper will hold, The Gambia is keeping no secrets as they will be deploying the best of the team to meet Nigerians and see the beautiful loving tourist destination. Gambia Tourism Board wants Nigerians to know that they are welcomed at any time and the event is open for all. With increased access to the Gambia offered by flights Asky and Airpeace, Banjul with its beautiful beaches and rich culture is accessible to all travellers in Africa. The Gambia will be raffling a week stay in Banjul for Trade partners at Akwaaba for Lucky winners.
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