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.

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.