Accra, Oct 9, GNA – Ahead of the 2019
edition of it’s travel and tourism awards billed for Sunday, October 20, at the
prestigious Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana, African Travel Times,
West Africa’s monthly travel and tourism magazine, has revealed names of the
nominees for the award.
His Royal Majesty, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III
Akwamumanhene will be gracing the ceremony as the Father of the Day.
Lucky George, Publisher and Editor of the
publication, in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said the
annual awards, which was initiated six years ago, would recognise excellence in
the travel and tourism sector in Nigeria, West Africa and beyond.
Mr George revealed that this year’s award
ceremony has assumed a new dimension because of interest from more key players
in the sector adding that apart from individuals, winners also emerged from
various industries including;, hospitality, airlines, national/states and
In the Airline categories,(International];
Ethiopian Airlines, emerged best for Africa; Kenya Airways as the ‘Most
Supportive National Carrier’ for effective promotion of the Kenyan Tourism
brand; Arik Air bagged the Most Recognisable Airline Brand [Nigeria] and Air
Africa World Airlines, the Most Reliable/ Best Connectivity Airline [West
In the Hospitality Category, West Africa
winners are; Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, [West Africa]; Royal Senchi Resort,
Number One Resort [West Africa]; Tang Palace Hotel, Best Dining Experience
Hotel Of The Year [West Africa]; Zaina Lodge, Best Safari Facility and The
Envoy Abuja, the Most Modern and environmental Friendly Facility in West
In the governments/agencies category;, Akwa
Ibom State, Top Sport Tourism Destination [West Africa]; Rivers State, Most
Supportive Government in Sustaining Tourism Facilities [Nigeria]; Ghana Tourism
Authority, Most Active Tourism Agency, West Africa, as well as South African
Tourism, ‘Most Effective National Marketing Tourism Agency’ [Africa] for the
second year running; as well as Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture of
Ghana as the Most Active in west Africa.
In the Ghana category, winners are: Labadi
Hotel, 5-Star Hotel/Longevity Award; Peduase Valley Hotel, 4-Star Of The Year;
African Regent, 3-Star Hotel of the Year/Most Authentic Ghanaian Hotel; Villa
Monticello, Boutique Hotel Of the Year; Maaha Beach Resort, Best in Ghana;
Accra City Hotel, Green Hotel of the Year; Kwarleyz Residence, Best Apartment;
Lou Moon Lodge, Best Eco-Lodge and Golden Tulip Accra Hotel emerging ‘Best
Ghanaian Dining Experience’.
Other winners are: National Council for Arts
and Culture [NCAC] of Nigeria, Most Active culture agency in West Africa; Gambia,
Most Visited Destination in West Africa; YOKS Rent A Car, Ghana, Best In West
Africa; Bernard Bankole, Most Active Association President, West Africa;
National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies [NANTA], Most Active
Association and Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, Most Active Woman in Tourism, West
Also to be honoured are, Seth Yeboah Ocran,
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, YOKS Investments Limited, Ghana; Chief David
Nana Anim, former President, Ghana Tourism Federation [GHATOF]; Associations of
Business Women in Tourism and Women in Tourism respectively.
Giving an insight as to His Royal Majesty
coming to grace the occasion, George said, “His Highness agreeing to honour us
with his presence is nothing, but a blessing and a clear demonstration of His
desire to also promote his legendary and powerful Kingdom as a preferred
historical and cultural destination in Ghana”.
The event would be co-chaired by Chief Sam
Alabi, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Federation of Tourism Associations of
Nigeria [FTAN] and Mr. Herbert Acquaye, former President, Ghana Hotels