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Kangiwa Honoured, As Nihotour Thrills Guests To Naija Foods At Jabamah 2022



Abuja was last weekend agog with fun and fanfare as tourism events took turns to entertain guests at the Atqnews Magazine flagship program, Jabamah beginning with the Award ceremony at the NICCON Luxury Hotel which saw Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), honored at the occasion as he carted home the Best Tourism CEO of the Year 2021 Award.

Kangiwa was described as a quintessential tourism administrator who has within the short time of his assumption of office as CEO of NIHOTOUR, brought an uncommon transformation to bear on the Institute in terms of improved quality training and enhanced human capacity development via skill acquisition training for youths and women across the country, collaborative efforts with critical stakeholders and clear visibility of the Institute within the committee of the nation’s travel tourism and hospitality industry and beyond.

Managing Director of Atqnews Magazine and organizer of the event, Amb Ikechi Uko while reading Kangiwa’s citation, said the Director-General has impacted positively on the quality of service delivery of the Institute most diligently and with a passion that the enormous training activities by the Institute to equip teeming Nigerian youths and women could not go unnoticed, noting that with such vibrant input on the part of NIHOTOUR in the industry, the nation’s tourism sector should look forward to a great boost in no too distant future.

In his response, Nura Kangiwa, who was visibly elated, said winning the Award wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation and support of the hard-working team of staff of the Institute, collaborative efforts, and understanding of stakeholders of the industry as well as the vision of the Management of Atqnews Magazine that singled him out of the many Tourism CEOs in the country for the Award.

He said he felt highly honored and humbled for the Award, noting that this will spur him more to further put in his best and persevere to see to the growth and development of the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality industry in the area of quality manpower training that will ensure quality and standard service delivery in the sector in line with global best practices.

 Saturday, the second Day of the Two-Day event saw NIHOTOUR give guests the treat of Nigerian cuisines tagged NAIJA FOODS from the Six-geopolitical zones of the country as they were further entertained with music and other sundry sporting events as well as the exhibition of quality culture and art products, with the guests expressing their delight with the sumptuous dishes courtesy of NIHOTOUR.

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Africa Wedding Expo 2022 Gets New Date



The organisers of Africa’s foremost wedding exposition have announced the postponement of the event originally slated to hold June 28-29, at the Monarch Event Centre, Lagos. 

In a press statement released signed by Dayo Falade, Executive Convener of the Africa Wedding Expo 2022, it regretted the postponement of the much anticipated event.

According to the statement it pleaded with prospective sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and wedding event enthusiasts, for their understanding on the unfortunate postponement.

It went on to explain that the organisers lost a strategic member in charge of its affairs to the cold hands of death in Kenya. Adding that it would be insensitive to go hold  ahead with the event as scheduled.

The statement further reassured prospective exhibitors and vendors who have registered and paid for participation at the event not to fret. That their places at the event are assured. 

“We made this difficult decision due to a tragic event that happened on June 23rd which we believe if we allow the event go on, it will seem insensitive to the family involved. This is very much heavy on us as a whole lot has been invested time, energy and resources into making sure AFRICA WEDDING EXPO 2022 happen in grand style but unfortunately we have to postpone till later date.

“We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences this very change will cause to everyone who is looking forward to the event. This is a phase that’s beyond our control.

It added reassuringly, “All payment made from various quarters including booths reservation by vendors, partners and exhibitors would remain valid for the event, which we have rescheduled to hold October 25-26, 2022.

“We appreciate your level of understanding that we do not have control over nature and your willingness to go though this phase with us, we need your support by being patient with us and helping to calm any negative reactions within your area of influence,” it added conclusively. 

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