The United States Secretary of State, Anthony J. Blinken has congratulated Liberians on today’s occasion of the Liberia National Day.

According to reports monitored by TBS Africa on the State Department website of the United States, Blinken issued a congratulatory noted yesterday, July 25th, 2021, where he referred to Liberia as the oldest republic Africa.

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On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Liberia as it marks 174 years of statehood.

The special bond that exists between our two countries dates from the very foundation of Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic. Almost two centuries later, our relationship is stronger than ever, and we are dedicated to working together with Liberians to fight COVID-19, facilitate peace and reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions, and support economic development.

The United States stands proudly with our Liberian partners on this Independence Day. We are committed to our partnership with Liberia as it strives to strengthen democratic principles and enhance economic growth and investment.

 

BREAKING:

On the heels of the successful and just concluded Osun International Fashion Week OSIFAW 2021, his Excelleny, Executive Governor of State Of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has officially  declared Thursday as Adire Day in Osun State.

According to Mr Governor, who was ably represented by the Chief of Staff, at the three (3) day, back to back, back to stage, epoch making event, which held from July 8 – 10, all civil servants in the State is hereby mandated to adorn the Adire attire as official dress code every Thursday.

Meanwhile, this directive takes effect beginning from August 27, 2021 which marks the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the State.

TBS Destination Management, an Osogbo-based DMC promoting ecotourism in Osun State was LIVE today at De-Distinguished Hall, venue of the event, as the time of declaration.

The Osun International Fashion Week, OSIFAW 2021 was indeed an epoch-making event for the promotion of Adire Osun. Big kudos to the Executive Governor, Osun State, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, and the two foreign partners Musty Great Development, South Africa and Alexandria Jones Cultoure, Texas, USA (both Osun State Indigenes) for giving us an International Standard Adire Runway more like what you get in Paris, France, Rome, Italy and Houston, Texas.

 

 

This is the complete speech of the Honorable Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun during the Grand Finale (Day 3) of the just concluded Osun International Fashion Week (OSIFAW 2021).

This first of it’s kind, epoch making event is a major step in line with implementation of the Osun Tourism Master (Osun Sterling Vision 2030) which was launched last year 2020, by the Executive Governor, Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as organized by the Dr Obawale led Ministry of Culture & Tourism.

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  • Secures Five Hundred Housing Units in Abuja
  • Engages Brains & Hammers As The Property Developer

By Michael Oyetunji

National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) launches a pilot Housing Mortgage Scheme to afford its members opportunities to own houses in the Federal Capital Territory, with the help of Brains & Hammers, and the possibility of housing loan from the Federal Mortgage Bank in the five thousand housing units of the Bungalow City Estate, Kubwa. This was made known at a flag off virtual session held today, 27th April 2021, which had a nationwide participation of all NANTA members.

As part of her campaign promise to create beneficial initiatives for all members, the National President of the Association, Mrs Susan Akporiaye applauded this initiative as a brainchild of the Abuja Zone, birthed by Ambassador Kayode Adeshola – the Vice President, Abuja Zone.

“This initiative started out as an offshoot of NANTA Co-operative Society, initiated by the Abuja zonal administration few years ago. I appealed to my Vice President – Abuja Zone to spread the tentacle towards a national appeal, and he agreed to it. This brought about the housing project”, said the President.

In a virtual session which had about one hundred and fifty member participation, representatives of Brains & Hammers were present to answer questions and inform members of the procedures and all necessary information required to secure a property. Lanre Ogunyemi expressed that “We are a proven giant in housing scheme in Nigeria, and we have a high success rate and partnership with Federal Mortgage Bank in all our housing estates. We will deal with NANTA Co-operative Society on this particular project, although we are open to individuals who are interested in other properties we offer”. Reiterating this, Mr Festus, another representative of the developer insists that there are no hidden charges attached to any of their properties.

“This is just the beginning, and we are going to expand this initiative to all our zones nationwide. We are doing this to keep up with our campaign promises, and we hope this venture is sustained”, said Ambassador Kayode Adeshola, the Vice President – Abuja Zone.

Overall, it was a fruitful deliberation, as members exchanged pleasantries and expressed excitements towards the initiative. “It has never been done in the history of NANTA, as far I am concerned, and I must say that Madam Susan and her team are doing pretty well. This is just so superb, and we need more visionary leaders like the ones we have at the moment championing the cause of the association”, said one of the participants.

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Michael Oyetunji, a tour operator and media professional writes from Abuja as the Editor-in-Chief of The Winepress Station
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080 9770 7844

 

TBS Africa, an eco-tourism, tourism4sdgs and sustainability advocacy platform with the mission to promote and run advocacies for eco-friendly & SDG-compliant travel & tourism in Africa has officially joined the UNWTO Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition through her Clean & Green Tourism Campaign”.

The “Clean & Green Tourism Campaign” for Africa which was recently launched as an initiative targeted at identifying eco-tourism sites and attractions in Africa for deliberate, intentional and intelligent “Clean & Green Tourism with SDG Action” activity-based advocacy. TBS

TBS Africa, will be joining the global competition in the second category: Planet – building back better – with focus on projects related to the promotion and protection of natural resources, namely the mitigation of the impact of tourism on waste, energy and water in rural areas.

The UNWTO Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition seeks to source new startups and entrepreneurs that advance the contribution of tourism to rural development and support recovery.

Creating opportunities in Rural Destinations through innovation and digital transformation in tourism to:

  • Fighting poverty: 80% of all people living in ‘extreme poverty’ live in rural communities.
  • Curbing depopulation: By 2050 68% of the world population will live in urban areas and cities will produce 85% of global economic output.
  • Closing the Digital Divide – 87 per cent of people in developed countries used the Internet, compared with just 19 per cent in the least developed countries.
  • Supporting Women and Youth– More that 50% of global workforce employed in tourism are women and nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 reside in developing countries and 88% of youth in developing countries live in rural areas; 75 million of them are unemployed.

1. BENEFITS

  • Mentoring by UNWTO and top partners
  • Tailored support for your startup
  • Investment opportunities
  • Form part of the UNWTO Innovation Network
  • Form part of the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages of the World Pilot Initiative
  • Scholarship opportunities for the Tourism Online Academy
  • Opportunity to present your startup at the 14th UNWTO General Assembly in Marrakech Morocco

 

2. CALENDAR

Launch:

6 April

Deadline to submit candidatures:

1 July

Announcement of finalists:

15 August

Final pitch session and announcement of winners:

October

 

3. CATEGORIES:

people

People – Leaving no one behind

Projects that incentivize the creation of jobs and opportunities, promote gender and youth empowerment, build opportunities for vulnerable groups in rural areas.

 

planet

Planet – building back better

Projects related to the promotion and protection of natural resources, namely the mitigation of the impact of tourism on waste, energy and water in rural areas.

 

prosperity

Prosperity – opportunities for growth

Startups that provide innovative solutions through new business models, instruments that promote access to finance, markets and marketing for tourism in rural areas.

 

propulsion

Propulsion of Rural Tech – Implementation of new technologies

Deep Tech – startups implementing new technologies to advance tourism and development in rural areas.

 

4. THE CHALLENGE:

Closer

Closer

Domestic tourism has shown positive signs in many markets since people tend to travel closer. Travellers go for ‘staycations‘ or vacations close to home.

 

New concerns

New concerns

Health & Safety measures and cancellation policies are consumers’ main concerns.

 

Get away

Get away

Nature, Rural Tourism and Road Trips have emerged as popular travel choices due to travel limitations and the quest for open-air experiences.

 

Last minute

Last minute

Last-minute bookings have increased due to volatility of pandemic-related events and the travel restrictions.

 

Change in demographics
Younger travellers most resilient
Change in demographics:
travel recovery has been stronger among younger segments. ‘Mature’ travellers and retirees will be the most impacted segments.
More responsible
More responsible
Sustainability, authenticity and localhood:
travellers have been giving more importance to creating a positive impact on local communities, increasing looking for authenticity.

Tourism has proven to be a tool for economic diversification and a major employment engine with a multiplier effect on other sectors that contribute to rural development. Tourism in rural areas can particularly benefit traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women – who make up 54% of the workforce in the tourism sector compared to 39% for the overall economy.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered rising interest from tourists looking for new experiences based around natural and rural areas in the open air, far from congested settings. This, combined with the already rising demand for more authentic experiences that over stronger engagement with local communitiestheir culture and products, such as local OR traditional gastronomy, etc., as well as demand for a greener approach in all stages of the travel experience opens up immense opportunities for the economic, social and environmental revitalization of rural areas through tourism.

The current crisis has also emphasized the importance of building resilience among communities in those rural areas which rely on tourism. This implies better social protection and benefits-sharing among communities, as well as economic diversification and the broadening of tourism products and markets through added value experiences. To achieve this, investment, skills development and education, access to finance, infrastructure development, digital transformation, sustainable development, impact assessment, improved governance and women’s empowerment should be placed at the heart of the recovery plans for tourism in rural communities. This will help support them as they navigate the crisis and build back better for people and planet.

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.

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

The National President of NANTA, Madam Susan Akporiaye, has added Mauritius to her bucket list of MUST VISIT African Destinations, as soon as the African borders are open.

She made this assertion while participating on the 1st edition of the TBS Africa Destination Webinar series which launched today. While commending TBS Africa for launching the laudable initiative of the Africa Destinations Webinar, Madam Susan, the very articulate advocate of domestic tourism in Nigeria and Africa, and National President of the most organized tourism industry Association in West Africa, graced the 1st edition of the webinar series in her usual bold, charming and electrifying style.

As a follow up on our commitment as promised to industry stakeholders, and garnered from the laudable success of the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinars, TBS Africa has successfully delivered on her promise of promoting African destinations to Africans in fulfillment of her Tourism Industry Recovery Action Plan for Africa.

This #1 edition in this new webinar series hosted by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, MTPA brought together travel agencies, tour operators, DMCs, DMOs, all across Africa to learn the beauty of Mauritius as an incredible African destination product.

Amrita Craig, standing in for Mr. Arvind Buhundu, President, MTPA, took her time to diligently respond to participant’s questions after her well delivered presentation, reiterated that Ethiopian Airlines currently do not fly into Mauritius while African airlines like South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Mauritius and Emirates Airlines can connect Africans to the Island. She maintained that Mauritius has been acknowledge and approved as Covid19 FREE by the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC, and as such all Africans are welcome to visit and explore Mauritius once the borders are opened.

To connect with Amrita and get a copy of her Mauritius Presentation slides and videos, as well as recommended DMCs in Mauritius, kindly send us an email to africa@tourismtbs.com or info@tourismtbs.com

Kindly find the full replay of the #1 edition of the TBS Africa Destinations Webinar as attached below.

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 and Africa, and recognized by NANTA, NATOP in Nigeria and the International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators, ISTTE, USA.

TBS Africa, a sub-division of TBS Int’l, is the organizer of the TBS Africa Destinations Webinar, as well as the sole initiator of the “Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality Forum – Africa”, an industry initiative which launched in 2018, whose mission is targeted at bridging the divide and uniting Africa’s aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors for the economic transformation of the African continent.

In another feat of first, TBS International has launched another series of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Webinar series for Africa, tagged: Africa Destinations Webinar.

In response to the quagmire of challenges facing the Tourism Industry in Africa caused by the Covid19 pandemic, TBS Africa on Thursday, April 16th, 2020, became the first private-sector establishment to launch a series of ‘Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinars’ where industry experts in aviation, airlines, travel, tourism and hospitality has extensively discussed and proffered solutions and action plans on Post-covid19 industry recovery for Africa in seven (7) separate editions of power packed, impactful and very educational webinar sessions.

This is no small feat of achievement especially as many industry stakeholders attested to the pro-activeness and forthrightness of TBS Int’l to have launched such a very significant initiative at such a densely critical time for travel, tourism and hospitality industry in Africa.

As a follow up on the commitment of industry stakeholders garnered from the laudable success of the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinars, TBS Africa specially invite you to join us on the 1st edition of the Africa Destinations Webinar in fulfillment of our Tourism Industry Recovery Action Plan for Africa.  This new webinar series promises to bring together travel agencies, tour operators, tourism boards, DMCs, DMOs, as well as aviation, airlines, travel, tourism & hospitality professionals and stakeholders all across Africa to promote the incredible beauty of Africa’s tourism destinations to all Africans to achieve the aim of ensuring Africans can visit, travel and explore Africa post-covid19.

This webinar series will run for the next four (4) consecutive months from July to October, showcasing different destinations, accommodations and attractions starting with the African Islands to North, East, Central, West, and Southern Africa.

For the 1st edition of this webinar series, the African Destination on Focus is #Unwavering Mauritius. Further details about this webinar are as published below:

Host:             Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, MTPA

Organizer:  TBS Africa

Webinar Date:       Thursday, 25th June, 2020

Webinar Time:       03:00 – 04:30hrs Africa-Lagos Time

Duration:                 1hr 30mins

To be a part of this webinar, kindly use the link attached here to register @ https://bitly.com/TBSAfricaDW1

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Tourism Business Success (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 and Africa, and recognized by NANTA, NATOP in Nigeria and the International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators, ISTTE, USA.

TBS Africa, a sub-division of TBS Int’l, is the sole initiator of the Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality Forum – Africa, an industry initiative which launched in 2018, whose mission is targeted at bridging the divide and uniting Africa’s aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors for the economic transformation of the African continent.