Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to open its first property in Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa. The company has signed a landmark deal with Queen Amina Garden Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Shelter, a prominent Nigerian property development company, to manage the 250-key Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Centre Abuja, marking another milestone in its ambitious African expansion strategy.
Transcorp Hilton Abuja has been honoured with an unprecedented five awards by the voters of the World Travel Awards. The hotel, which is owned by Transcorp Hotels, the hospitality subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, was recognised during the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015, hosted by Kempinski Seychelles Resort in Baie Lazare, Seychelles.
Nigerian aviation minister Osita Chidoka has revealed plans to invest upward of $2 billion in the creation of a national airline for the country. In an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa Chidoka explained talks had begun with private investors to create the airline and boost the country’s aviation infrastructure.
Emirates has now connected Abuja to its worldwide network, making the Nigerian capital the airline’s 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide. Emirates flight EK785 landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport earlier, marking the start of the airline’s daily service to its second destination in Nigeria.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, from May 24th, 2014. Located in the north of the country, Kano is the second largest city in Nigeria. Kano will be the fourth city in Nigeria served by Ethiopian Airlines, joining Ethiopian’s current service to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria; Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city; and Enugu.
Up to thirteen people have died after a charter plane suffered engine failure and crash-landed at Lagos airport in Nigeria shortly after take-off.
The International Coalition of Tourism Partners has sent a congratulatory message to their member destination Nigeria for introducing tourist visa card to ease the burden of tourists carrying cash while in Nigeria and a biometric registration system for the tourism industry workers. This follows a meeting at FITUR between Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, director general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and minister Alain St. Ange of the Seychelles.
The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, the official tourism organisation for Nigeria, has joined the United States Tour Operators Association as an associate member. This membership makes Nigeria the first and only west African country to be accepted into USTOA.
Mr Otumba Segun Runsewe the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism have agreed to find ways to work together now that both countries are part of the ICTP (International Council of Tourism Partners).
Mr. Solomon Oyatero, the new High Commissioner of Nigeria accredited to Seychelles, paid a call on Minister Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, at his Bel Ombre Offices.