NAFEST emerges ‘Travellers Awards 2021 Best Tourism event

In its renewed attempt to give Nigeria a boost in cultural narrative and inclusive engagement of people in building local skills, the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), organized by the Nigerian Council of arts and culture (NCAC), was unanimously selected. by tourism stakeholders at all levels as the best tourism event in Nigeria.

In a statement made available to Travelpulse and MICE, Travelers Award Organizer Ikechi Uko and Abuja Bamtaba said that the domestic tourism space in Nigeria is becoming increasingly interesting and there is a need to recognize the events and the people who do it.

According to Uko, “NAFEST, a culturally branded product for Nigeria has been professionally selected for the first time in the event’s history, a stick that was the pride of Carnival Calabar, but for the 2021 edition of Travelers Awards, this will be the first time in the past five years that Carnival Calabar has missed out on this award.

“NAFEST was held in Ekiti State and attracted more than 30 states who swarmed Ado Ekiti in numbers to showcase their cultural and creative products. The arts and culture festival also attracted tour operators, who conducted familiarization tours to selected sites in Ekiti so as to link NAFEST to the Nigeria tourist circuit.

In addition, Sterling Bank was unanimously chosen as the most tourism-friendly bank of the year, following the bank’s interest in the Nigerian tourism space which engaged stakeholders in different money-making ventures.

“His hands-on efforts in the tourism space in recent times also led to a collaboration with Lagos State to launch the Lagos Tourism Master Plan, which was his first major initiative.

“He also hosted World Tourism Day with the famous Nike Art Gallery in Lagos. It has also partnered with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to provide Wi-Fi at Lagos International Airport, and has also introduced loans for tour operators to source tourist buses.

“Travellers Award also unveiled African World Airline as the best international airline in Nigeria and Turkish as the best airline in Europe. two million passengers from five airports in Nigeria. The awards will be presented on March 11, 2022 in Abuja Jabamah,” he added.

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