The Naija7wonders project, a domestic tourism initiative dedicated to promoting Nigeria Tourism as a global destination and a significant economic recourse for post pandemic recovery, as today listed Tourism Business Synergies – (TBS) International as the “Most Improved Industry Player for 2020″.

TBS International, a destination marketing and management company promoting and marketing Osun Tourism, while advocating for eco-friendly and SDGs-compliant travel and tourism experiences in Africa, has toppled the list in this award category.

Earlier in the year, on April 16, 2020, just three (3) weeks into the pandemic lockdown, TBS International became the first tourism organization in Nigeria to launch the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinar series for the Tourism Industry in Africa tagged, “Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality PostCovid19 Recovery Webinars”, which held weekly for eight (8) consecutive weeks with panelists and audiences spanning across Africa and the Middle East including Government Agencies, Airlines, Hotel Chains, DMCs, DMOs, Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, as well as eminent Presidents & CEOs of Tourism Boards across Africa.

In June 2020, the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinar Series metamorphosed into the “Africa Destinations Webinar”, curated by TBS Africa and dedicated to promoting African tourism destinations for Africans both within the continent and in diaspora, with special focus eco-tourism destinations. On June 25, 2020, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Agency, MTPA, launched the maiden edition of these series with special coverage of unique attractions, hotels and resorts in the beautiful African Ocean Island of Mauritius.

Others in the award category includes KALO Africa Media, an independent Media Agency Promoting African Tourism and destinations.

In another Award Category Osun State conspicuously made it as 3rd Best Tourism State in Nigeria, having made a very significant move in November 2020 to rebrand and promote tourism in the State with the official launch of her Osun State Tourism Master Plan tagged “CUTOSEC – Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Economy – Vision Sterling 30-30”, an historic event which was chaired by Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Executive Governor of the State, and organized by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, as led by the Honorable Commissioner, Dr. Adebisi Obawale, in partnership with Sterling Bank.

After the launch, TBS International hosted the Hon. Commissioner of Culture & Tourism for Bayelsa State, Dr. Iti Orugbani, and his team, as well as other dignitaries to a half day City Tour of Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove, Centre for Black Culture & International Understanding (cultural and historical sites), including the Osogbo PHCN Power Distribution Head Station and the new five (5*) star LAIM Hotels all in Osogbo. Afterwards, Dr. Adebisi Obawale led his counterpart from Bayelsa State, and his entire team on a tour of the Genesis Art Gallery, a newly established private art gallery in the State.

In late August 2020, Captain Emmanuel Great, Founder & CEO at TBS International, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun, had promoted Owala River, Oba Oke and Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin-ijesha, as top destinations to visit in Nigeria during the 13 weeks Naija7wonders Zoom Webinar Series

Lagos State toppled the list of Top Tourism States of 2020 while . Other states who made the list in this category are: Ekiti State, 2nd Position; Plateau State is 4th position for hosting of NAFEST 2020; Oyo State, 5th;  Akwa Ibom State, 7th; Kebbi State, 6th position for Argungu Festival; Bayelsa State, 8th position. Cross Rivers and Rivers States made 9th and 10th position respectively.

#MyAfrica – Sharing stories about your Africa

#MyAFrica

#MYAFRICA

African countries have demonstrated a commendable determination in making tourism a strong ally of sustainable growth for millions in the region. Now is the time for them to speak up and share the stories that showcase the best of Africa as a world-class tourist destination.

WHAT:

UNWTO is launching a social media campaign with a strong human angle to boost Africa’s potential as a vibrant and diverse tourist destination. We aim to showcase the power of tourism through their protagonists and help bringing sustainable growth and opportunities for millions in the region.

We need your collaboration in reaching out to the most inspiring people from the tourism sector in Africa. We want to gather their stories, learn from their experiences and offer UNWTO to echo their stories with the world.

MyAfricaHOW:

Participants should answer the 3 following questions:

  1. Why did you choose to work in tourism or in field related to tourism?
  2. How has tourism helped you grow?
  3. In 3 words, describe Africa as a diverse tourist destination.

 

STEPS:

  1. Record a video answering those questions.
  2. Write your voice! Send us the transcript of your story.
  3. Look into your camera, click and share with us your favourite portrait-pic.
  4. Send it to comm@unwto.orgwith the subject #MyAfrica, stating your name and country of residence.

Tips for recording:

  • Prepare yourself
  • Embrace trial & error and film your message more than once!
  • Make sure the settings of the camera are set at the highest quality possible and that you’re recording in a horizontal frame.
  • Also, avoid any background noise and try not to get too close to the mic.
  • Wait 2 seconds before and after you stop/start speaking to stop/start speaking.

TBS Africa, as an organization committed to promoting Eco-friendly and sustainable travel and tourism destinations and experiences in Africa for Africa by Africans, is fully in support of the UNWTO’s #MyAfrica challenge.

Osun Tourism Stakeholders’ Association, OStourSA, led by Capt Emmanuel Great of TBS International, officially hosted distinguished Guests and VIPs on a Familiarization Tour of Osun Tourist and Heritage Sites, during the recently concluded Launch of the Osun Tourism Masterplan last month November 19th.

As the grassroot tourism stakeholders’ association in the State with a very robust partnership with the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun, the Association was tasked with the assignment of showing dignitaries (who joined the State Government for the launching ceremony) around certain tourists and heritage sites within Osogbo.

Among Dignitaries present for the Familiarization Tour are the DG, Centre For Black And African Arts & Civilization, CBAAC, Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao, (ably representing the Hon. Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed), and her team; as well as the Honorable Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Bayelsa State, Dr Iti Orugbani, and his team.

Among tourist attractions visited by the Dignitaries are the UNESCO Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove, Susan Wenger’s House (Adunni Olorisha), Centre for Black Culture & International Understanding, CBCIU, and the Genesis Art Gallery, among others, all in Osogbo, the Capital of Osun State.

The President of the Association, Capt Emmanuel Great of Tourism Business Synergies (TBS) International, while leading delegates on the tour used the occasion to reiterate that the Launch of the Osun Tourism Masterplan – Culture and Tourism For Sustainable Economy, CUTOSEC – Vision 30-30 by the Osun State Govt, and in partnership with Sterling bank, is a blessing to Osun Tourism, especially coming at a time that Covid19 has brought the spotlight on domestic tourism in Nigeria.

“Organizing this Familiarization Tour is a development that puts OStourSA at the very crux of her mission as a grassroot tourism stakeholders’ association in the State which remains committed to promoting and fast-tracking the development of Osun Tourism”, he remarked.

In her own remarks, the General Secretary, Queen Fisayo of QueMajestic Tours, maintained that the State Govt’s Vision 30-30 is a welcome development as it is in line with the Association’s vision 2030 which aims to make Osun a Top 5 Tourist Destination in Africa before 2030

Other Executives and members of the Association present at the launch include the Vice President, Mr Saheed Fakeye of The Visit Avenue; the Public Relations Officer, Mr Adesoji Omosebi of SOJ WORLDWIDE Blog and Information Officer, Miss Ayomide of Ayomide Travels

The Government of the State of Osun has concluded plans to collaborate with Federation of Tourism Association 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, as led by the Vice President, FTAN South West Zone, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, to the Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Dr Adebisi Obawale on Thursday, 26th November 2020.

“Tourism development in Osun State remains the shared responsibility of both Government and Professionals which constitute the private sector. There is no reason why Government should take it upon herself as direct labour on her Heritage Site development. We are here as FTAN in Osun State to lessen the burden on the State Government as regards tourism development in the State, and also help to galvanize all Stakeholders together to support Osun State Government’s efforts to promote Osun Tourism”, Otunba Olumoko remarked during the meeting which had in attendance all Executive Officers of FTAN Osun as well as Senior Officials of the Ministry.

Otunba Olumoko explained that the Federation has been helpful to other States in the Country, citing the examples of Lagos, Ekiti, and Oyo states, who are benefitting immensely from their professional relationship with FTAN in thier States, noting that the Federation has 23 Associations in Nigeria. He therefore enjoined other tourism operators who are yet to register with the Federation in Osun State to do so.

Otunba Olumoko added that, FTAN is pleased with the recent launch of the Osun State Tourism Masterplan (Culture & Tourism for Sustainable Economy, CUTOSEC), and is ready to engage the Ministry for a Stakeholders’ review of the Masterplan, citing the example of the Lagos Tourism Masterplan which was recently reviewed by FTAN Lagos State Chapter headed by Alhaji Dauud Gbenga Sunmonu as Coordinator.

The Zonal Vice President, while closing his remarks, used the occasion to present copies of Constitutions and Certificate of Incorporation of the Federation to the Commissioner and Senior Special Assistant to State Governor, stressing that the official inauguration of the FTAN Osun State Chapter will come up on Thursday 10th December, 2020 .

In his own response, the Commissioner stated that the visit of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria [FTAN] to Osun is a blessing to the State, noting that the administration of Governor Oyetola has pledged to drive the economy of the State through Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, noting that the Governor wants this to be fully driven by Public – Private – Partnerships.

Dr Obawale therefore disclosed that the Osun State Government will partner with the Federation in order to be able to achieve the goals of Governor Oyetola in tourism promotion in the State.

In attendance on the side of FTAN beside the Vice President, South West, Otunba Olumoko are, the Osun State Coordinator, Mr Ladun Fabiyi, General Secretary, Mr Olatunji Femi, Deputy Coordinator/Treasurer, Queen Fisayo Aderemi, Public Relations Officer, Mrs Olatunji Enajite; and the Inter-Governmental Relations Officer, Capt Emmanuel Oluwatobi.

While in attendance for the Ministry, besides the Hon Commissioner are, the Senior Special Assistant on Culture & Tourism, Mr Raimi Opeshina, Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mr Samuel Adeniyi; Ag. General Manager, Osun Tourism Board, Mrs Ajayi Oluwatoyin, Senior Admin Officer, Mr Femi Asiyanbi, Chief Information Officer/Press Secretary, Mr Sunday Okunade, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth & Sport, Aremo Adegboyega (who was present as Guest).

The Official lnauguration of the association will come up on the 10th December, 2020.

As TBS Africa launches the 1st series of its virtual edition of the “Africa Tourism & Virtual Summit 2020 – 2030” tomorrow, the management of this organization whose mission is to promote sustainable and climate-friendly travel and tourism in Africa has declared its full support for the “UNWTO’s SDGs Global StartUp Competition”.

According to UNWTO, this initiative serves as a clarion call to reach the most disruptive startups that directly contribute to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). TBS Africa, the only climate-friendly tourism organization in Africa currently leading the Tourism4SDGs advocacy for the achievement of the SDGs 2030 in Africa through the harnessing of tourism potentials on the African continent, has therefore keyed into this initiative to promote tourism startups in Africa through this competition.

Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for promoting sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism, this Competition aims to encourage the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to embrace sustainability and to deliver impact during the United Nations Decade of Action starting this year.

Bringing together stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the economy, this initiative sets out to reach a common goal, to set innovation at the forefront of sustainable development in corporations and destinations.

Purpose:
Tourism is a major leader to the global economy and is at the centre of the most disruptive innovation. Due to its active work with startups, the sector has reached safe and experiential travelling as never before. Now, it is the time to bolster this joint effort with entrepreneurs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through new ways of tackling global challenges. this year.

The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill and both, civil society and the private sector have been severely affected. Consequently, the pandemic jeopardizes all of the progress achieved thus far in terms of sustainability.

Against this backdrop of heightened uncertainty, tourism’s proven resiliency and dynamic nature can be harnessed to support and reinforce recovery. Given the sector’s capacity to create jobs and increase inclusiveness, UNWTO calls for a transversal, cross-sector approach to boost sustainable development all over the world.

Tourism is a major leader to the global economy and is at the centre of the most disruptive innovation. Due to its active work with startups, the sector has reached safe and experiential travelling as never before. Now, it is the time to bolster this joint effort with entrepreneurs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through new ways of tackling global challenges.

Categories:
This Competition features 17 categories, each one representing a Sustainable Development Goal.

Each participating startup should select the SDG in which can generate the greatest impact.

Benefits:
Benefits for winning startups include but are not limited to:
– Pitch at a UNWTO Demo Day
– Curated mentorship programme including one-on-one and in-group sessions focused on Intellectual Property (IP), sustainability, business and leadership
– Access to technological support
– Connection to the UNWTO Innovation Network
– Potential pilot project with private sector collaborators and institutions

Target StartUps:

Startups from all walks of life, from all over the world and all economic sectors are invited to participate if meeting the following criteria:

  • Be innovative in nature providing value-added solutions
  • Be sustainability-driven
  • Be scalable: to have potential for international growth and potential to be applied in corporations and destinations (countries, regions)
  • Be an Early Stage or Series A startup
  • Have a tested pilot and business plan
  • Have been accelerated before
  • Have a full-time team

All ways of innovation are welcome: new methods, processes, governance models, social impact initiatives, and technologies.

To Apply:
To apply for the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competion, kindly log on to: https://plugandplay-apac.typeform.com/to/cHtil4z7

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Invitation To Attend The AFRICA TOURISM & SDGs VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020 – Series #1

Tourism Business Synergies (TBS) International is a travel, tourism and hospitality industry training, coaching and consulting firm serving a large clientele of travel agencies, tour operators, DMOs & hospitality businesses in Nigeria & Africa, and recognized by NANTA, NATOP in Nigeria, the African Tourism Board and the International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators, ISTTE, USA.

TBS Africa, is a sub-division of TBS Int’l whose mission is to promote sustainable and climate-friendly travel and tourism in Africa while advocating for the achievement of the SDGs 2030 in Africa through the harnessing of tourism potentials on the African continent

In response to the evident setback in the achievement of the SDGs 2030 in Africa and the current quagmire of challenges facing the Tourism Industry in Africa both caused by the Covid19 pandemic, TBS Africa has launched an initiative tagged the “Africa Tourism & SDGs Summit 2020 – 2030“, to bring these critical issues to the front line in this Decade of Action.

In lieu of the above, we hereby specially invite you to join us as on Series #1 of the Africa Tourism & SDGs Virtual Summit in fulfillment of our TBS Tourism & SDGs Post-Covid9 Action Plan for Africa.  This online event promises to bring together SDGs and Tourism Stakeholders all across Africa to extensively discuss and proffer collaborative solutions and SDG Action-plan for Africa through tourism post-covid9.

Further details about this webinar are as stated below:

Webinar Date:       Thursday, 20th August, 2020

Webinar Time:      12:00 – 02:00 hrs Africa-Lagos Time

Duration:                 2hr 00mins

REGISTER NOW @ https://bit.ly/TBSATSDGS1 to reserve your slot and get your Unique Webinar Login details.

E-See you tomorrow!

Africa Tourism & SDGs Summit 2020 – 2030 is proudly supported by:
– Africa Travel & Tourism Association, ATTA
– Africa Tourism Board, ATB
– Institute of Tourism Professionals for Nigeria, ITPN
– Sustainable mPACT – Europe

Etihad is set to add 15 new cities to its flight schedule from Thursday, July 16, meaning it will fly to 40 destinations across the globe next month.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The airline will operate inbound and outbound flights to several new destinations across Europe, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

Flights to seven destinations in India make up part of the new flight schedule published on the airline’s website. This includes services to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. To Europe, the airline is adding flights to five cities, including Manchester, Munich and Istanbul.

Regionally, Etihad will begin flying to Amman in Jordan and Cairo, Egypt. The UAE’s national airline is also set to resume flights from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives. This coincides with tourism reopening in the Indian Ocean archipelago on Wednesday, July 15.

“From 16 July, subject to the lifting of international restrictions and the reopening of individual markets, Etihad Airways plans to expand its current network to cover over 40 global destinations. These will include major gateways in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia,” confirmed an Etihad spokesperson.

Etihad will resume flights to these destinations from Thursday, July 16:

  • Amman   
  • Cairo
  • Dusseldorf
  • Istanbul
  • Manchester
  • Munich
  • Belgrade
  • Bengaluru
  • Kozhikode
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Kochi
  • Delhi
  • Male

Negative test needed to enter Abu Dhabi airport from other emirates

The new schedule means that Etihad will now be flying to 40 cities worldwide: all routes have received approval from the UAE government.

Passengers are reminded to check the latest travel advice and regulations before booking a flight.

“All travellers must ensure that they meet the required entry, health and quarantine regulations set by the UAE authorities, and those at their destination,” said an Etihad spokesperson.

People flying into Abu Dhabi must have a valid UAE resident visa and ICA approval number before they can book travel.

Etihad’s website originally stated that passengers travelling to Abu Dhabi International Airport from Dubai or other emirates would not need a Covid-19 test to reach the airport. This advice has since been updated and all travellers now need a negative test before they can cross the Abu Dhabi border. “If you are travelling between emirates to reach the airport, you must prove that you have tested negative for Covid-19 within the past 48 hours,” confirmed Etihad.

Online check-in resumes

Etihad has also resumed its online check-in services. Travellers can use this service to check in and select a seat up to 30 hours ahead of a flight.

Some seats will appear unavailable to allow Etihad to follow social distancing guidelines. Travellers can also request seats upon arrival at the airport: check-in at the airport opens three hours ahead of flight times.

Previously, Etihad had suspended online check-in to allow staff to allocate seats to ensure social distancing on flights.

Emirates has recently reopened routes to 48 cities across the world and low-cost carrier Flydubai is taking bookings for flights to 24 destinations.

TBS Africa, a training, coaching and support organization for sustainable travel, tourism and hospitality in Africa, has joined the #BendOurTrend campaign and has submitted commitment to promote the campaign for climate friendly travel for the African Continent.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in collaboration with SUNx Malta, has launched a Climate Resilience campaign called “BEND OUR TREND”. This initiative was launched on the just celebrated World Environment Day on Saturday, 5th June

Led by a 90-second animated video, the campaign is designed to encourage Travel & Tourism companies and communities to:

1. Adopt Climate Friendly Travel – Low carbon, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consistent with the Paris 1.5 trajectory.

2. Create Climate Neutral Ambition Plans and file these on the SUNx Malta UNFCCC-linked Registry.

With the support of Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, who has declared her country to be a global centre of Climate Friendly Travel, we are deploying tools to help the entire Travel & Tourism sector in its essential transformation to a 2050 Paris 1.5 trajectory.

Minister Farrugia Portelli said:

“Our commitment to Climate Friendly Travel is even more important in a world where we need to plan our post-COVID19 future to also respond to the existential Climate Crisis – the effects of which are already upon us. Malta is a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement and the EU Green Deal: through our work with SUNx Malta we will help bring Travel & Tourism to the table.”

Gloria Guevarra, President & CEO, WTTC said:

“This is another important step, working with SUNx Malta to encourage the Travel & Tourism sector to support the Paris Climate Agreement, in line with our long-standing engagement with UNFCCC to achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050. The present COVID-19 crisis has highlighted more than ever, the importance of ensuring sustainable Travel & Tourism as a key enabler to future recovery and growth. WTTC members are committed to play a leadership role.”

For SUNx Malta Professor Geoffrey Lipman, its President, and Leslie Vella, Chairman:

“We will provide support tools, underpinning the Registry and train young smart graduates, together with the Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta (ITS), to assist in strategic low carbon transformation. We are proud to work with a growing number of SDG-17 Partners to share innovation, strategic planning, visibility, education and training.

In addition to WTTC, other partners included in the launch include the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Malta Tourism Authority, Institute of Tourism Studies, Sustainable First, Green Travel Maps, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, and LUX* Hotels & Resorts.

For more details on the #BendOurTrend campaign, please see https://www.thesunprogram.com/registry

SUNx Malta 2020 Message
SUNx Malta is a legacy for the late Maurice Strong, father of Sustainable Development: its goal is to advance Climate Friendly Travel ~ measured: green: 2050 proof. SUNx Malta President, Geoffrey Lipman, is former Assistant Secretary General UNWTO; President WTTC; Executive Director IATA.