Ogievie promises positive life changing experiences at his Ugie festival

Prince Tony Eweka(Ogievie) will be rolling out the drums on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2021, as he celebrates this year’s edition of his once every three years Ugie Festival and he has promised that everybody who honours his invitation will have a positive life changing experience. The epoch event slated for his Evbuotubu, Benin City, residence is expected to attract people from all parts of the world.  In a chat, Prince Ogievie assured that this year’s edition of the programme, a tourist attraction of some sorts, will…

Akwa Ibom Christmas Village ready for the world, says Commissioner for Tourism

Orman Esin, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Tourism, has stated that the state Christmas Village was a testament to the fact that the state was ready for the business of tourism. He disclosed that since it was reopened on December 1, 2020, the Akwa Ibom Christmas Village has created a value worth over N1 billion, according to the State Government. He stated this when a team of tour operators, stakeholders and journalists from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt visited the state. Esin said that the rich tourism potential of…

Nigeria needs international agreements and partnerships to protect our national parks; or they will all simply fall apart

Eleven African countries have signed up to protect major international ecological corridors, including UNESCO Heritage Sites, resulting in the most preserved Parks on the African continent. Nigeria needs peer review mechanism for sustainable management. The Benin Republic Government has been visionary in putting the restoration of their globally significant protected areas, first Pendjari and then W, at the heart of a progressive national investment programme, “Revealing Benin”, leveraging conservation as a catalyst for sustainable development. The Benin component of the W Biosphere Reserve is an 8,022sq.km area connected to Pendjari in…

FTAN emphasises need for private/public sector cooperation in tourism development

Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, (FTAN), has emphasized the necessity of effective cooperation between the public and private sectors in tourism development and promotion, adding that the time is ripe for representatives of both public and the private sector to consider cooperation as as a necessary step towards the quick recovery of the tourism industry in the post Covid19 Pandemic era. Delta State Coordinator of FTAN, Mrs Evelyn Gbesoko, who stated this when she paid an unscheduled visit to the acting Registrar of the International Institute of Tourism and…

Why Ogba Zoo is the place to be this festive season – Andy Ehanire

In this interview Andy Osa Ehanire, the Chief Executive Officer of Ogba Zoological Gardens and Nature Park, Benin City, spoke extensively on the thrills that awaits visitors to the facility in the forthcoming Xmas/new year season. Excerpts: What are your plans to boost patronage of the Ogba Zoo during this forthcominhg Yuletide season? We always plan for Yuletide season, because it is the major plan most of our clientele are banking on. They may not decorate their homes or do any special hosting, but Xmas and New Year is about Ogba…

House of Reps mandate investigation into illegal encroachment at Okomu Park

It has been revealed that the Federal House of Representatives has mandated it’s Committee on Environment to investigate the activities of illegal logging encroachment, and other act inimical to the safety of endangered species in Okomu National Park and other National Parks in Nigeria. This revelation was made by the member of the House representing Ovia Federal Constituency of Edo State, Hon. Dennis Idahosa, recently while expressing worry over the possible extinction of no fewer than 188 species in Okomu National Park if something urgent is not done by the authority.…

Travel Writers Are Best Online Marketers, says South South Travel Writers’ Corps Coordinator

Coordinator of the South South Travel Writers’ Corps, a travel journalists’ beat association operating in South South region, Comrade Piriye Kiyaramo says when it comes to online money making careers, travel writers are always considered as one of the best online marketers, informing that: “Not only can you get to enjoy your work while seeing new places, you also receive monetary compensation at the same time.” Comrade Kiyaramo who also is the Publisher of the Blue Economy Newsmagazine online Abuja, however warned that: “It may seem like a work-for-pleasure type…

Tourism: Osun to collaborate with FTAN

The Government of the State of Osun has concluded plans to collaborate with Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) through her Osun State Chapter, to promote tourism sector in the state. This happened on the heels of the official familiarization visit paid by the executives of FTAN Osun Chapter, led by the Vice President, FTAN South West Zone, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, to the Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Dr Adebisi Obawale recently. “Tourism development in Osun State remains the shared responsibility of both government and professionals which constitute the…

FTAN Commends Rivers Travel Writers’ Corps

Federation of all Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has hailed Rivers State travel journalists, over the successful outcome of its inaugural meeting that produced the Mr. Akpekwu Christopher Imbufe-led protem Executive Committee, which has Mr. Bunmi Toki Durojaiye, as Vice Chairman, Kingsley Papamie as Secretary, Ken Fekumo, Treasurer and Chijioke Nwamkpa, Financial Secretary.  South South FTAN Vice Chairman, Comrade Piriye Kiyaramo, who commended the peaceful and transparent manner members conducted themselves while choosing their leaders during the inaugural meeting of the Corps, held in the Daily Times Office, Ikwerre Road, Port…

Bayelsa canvasses south south/south west regional cooperation for tourism development and promotion

Bayelsa State Government has proposed a South South, South West regional cooperation for the development and promotion of tourism with the hope that the initiative will receive more political and economic attention from key stakeholders in both geopolitical regions, in the context of globalization and regionalization.  This position was canvassed by Bayelsa State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism,  Dr. Iti Orugbani during a tourism roundtable on the sideline of the launching of Osun State Tourism Master Plan in Osogbo on recently, where Dr Orugbani was a special guest on the…