Leading travel promoters in Nigeria, Ghana honoured

Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 6, GNA – Leading travel promoters
in Ghana and Nigeria, have won the awards for Top 100 Tourism Personalities in
West Africa.

Among them are Mrs Uloma Egbuna, the Managing
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tour Brokers International; and Mr
Simon Grindrod, the General Manager of The Wheatbaker Lagos.

Dr Michael Pinder, Group General Manager, Sun
Heaven Hotels and Resorts and Mr Lehlohonolo Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager
West Africa for South African Tourism’s regional Africa office based in Lagos,
Nigeria were among the winners.

From Ghana awardees are Ms Hazel Gumpo, the
Group General Manager of Oak Plaza Hotel; Leeford Quarshie, General Manager of
La Villa Boutique Hotel; Mrs Bella Ahu, CEO of Trafix Catering Limited; Dr
Daniel McKorley, the Executive/Chairman of McDan Group of Companies; Mr Nicolas
Jørgensen Gebara, General Manager, Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC)
Fund and Mrs Nancy Sam Quartey, Chief Executive Officer of Staple Travel and
Tours, Ghana.

Top 100 Personalities also included Nana
Dwomoh Brobbey, Chief Executive Officer, Capital View Hotel Ghana; Gilbert
Abeiku Aggrey, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Communications, Ghana; Manish
Nambiar, General Manager, Kempinski Gold City Hotel Accra Ghana; Roman Krabel;
General Manager, Accra City Hotel, Accra – Ghana, and Sajid Khan, General
Manager, Tang Palace Hotel, Accra – Ghana.

The rest are Stella Fubara – Obinwa, Director
Africa International Operations of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism &
Commerce Marketing, received the Balafon award of the Travel Personality of The
Year in West Africa and also the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in West Africa.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra  carted away the Balafon’s Best Hotel in West
Africa while ASKY Airlines received the award for the Best Airline in West

Others awardees on the list of Top 100 Tourism
Personalities in West Africa includes Dr Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SAHCOL; Mr
Chike Ogeah, Vice Chairman, SAHCOL; Mr Rizwan Kadri, Managing Director, SAHCOL;
Pastor (Mrs) Silifat Omolaja Lawal, Managing Director/CEO, God’s Power Travel Agency
Limited, and  Mr. Gabriel Olowo,
President/CEO, Sabre Network NMC, West Africa.

The Top 100 Tourism Personalities was set up
to recognize individuals, who have distinguished themselves and through their
efforts or that of their organizations have impacted positively on the travel
and tourism sector across the West African sub region.

Mr Ikechi Uko, the organiser of the Awards
told the GNA that it was also to recognise those whose efforts had stimulated
and helped to achieve their individual country’s tourism goals and forging
interactions among stakeholders and customers across the region.

Members of the diplomatic Corps in Ghana which
included high commissioners and ambassadors, were well represented among them
were Lulu Xingwana, South African High Commissioner to Ghana; Mr Thomas Okyere,
the Honorary Consul, Botswana Honorary Consulate to Ghana; Pavelyn Tendai
Musaka, Zimbabwe Embassy in Ghana and Mwansa S. Rowland, Deputy High
Commissioner for Zambia High Commission in Ghana.

The diplomats were also honoured with the
Awards of Recognition for their outstanding roles in driving travel and tourism
exchanges between their countries and West Africa.

Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, known as Mr Mike Gizo,
the Chief of Agomeda called on stakeholders and practitioners in the travel and
tourism industry in Ghana to seek knowledge towards moving the industry forward
by attending travel fairs.

He urged them to support Accra Weizo, an
ECOWAS travel fair which is held in Accra annually.


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