By Taiye Olayemi
Gabe Onah, Chairman, Carnival Calabar Commission and Ikechi Uko, organiser of AKWAABA Africa Travel and Tourism Market, on Saturday bagged the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) fellowship awards.
Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, Director-General, NIHOTOUR, during the 2023 Gastronomy Festival gala and award night, said the award was in recognition of their remarkable contributions toward tourism development in Nigeria.
Kangiwa said their contributions were mostly in the promotion and marketing of tourism destinations in Nigeria.
He said Mr Li Xuda, Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, was recognised for cementing cultural bilateral relations between Nigeria and China.
He noted that Dr Ngozi Onwudiwe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture was also recognised for her visionary approach, dynamism, leadership competence, public spiritedness and contributions to the public service.
” Mrs Nanna Yakubu, a tourism author, is also recognised for her contributions to the growth and development of the hospitality and tourism sectors through her publications.
” Mr Wanle Akinboboye, founder of La Campaign Tropicana, also has our fellowship award as we identify with his over 30 years experience in championing the development of the Nigerian tourism industry and his sustained investments in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism sectors.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the institute compensated some of its outstanding staff as Chinyere Uche-Ibeabuchi in Lagos won the overall best NIHOTOUR campus 2022/2023.
Gemma Simon got the best staff for the year 2022/2023 while Mr Halidu Abu won the most dedicated staff with juicy prizes.