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NTDC DG, Others Appointed As Jury for the Nigeria Travel Awards

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By peter oluka

The organising committee of the Nigeria Travel Awards, organised by Jumia Travel, has announced the appointment of Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as a jury member for the 2nd edition of the Awards. Others include Michael Balogun, CEO Tour2Nigeria; Babatunde Onibudo, MD Pearlwort Hotel; and Omolara Adagunodo, MD, Jumia Travel.

The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

Meanwhile, the award ceremony which was slated to hold today January 25th has been postponed to Thursday, February 1st, 2018. According to the Head of PR & Marketing for Jumia Travel, Olukayode Kolawole the change of date will provide ample time for more people to vote.

There 7 categories to be awarded include: Customers’ Favourite Hotel 2017, Customers’ Favourite International Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017

The nominees for the Customers Favourite Awards are: Ibis Hotel Ikeja; Golden Tulip Festac; Federal Palace Hotel & Casino; Southern Sun Hotel & Towers; Owu Crown Hotels; Greatwood Hotels LTD; Newland Luxury Apartments; Citiheight Hotels; Pearlwort Hotel & Suites; Southern Sun Ikoyi; and Park Inn by Radisson.

The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite International Airline are: British Airways; Turkish Airlines; Ethiopian Airlines; Air France; Etihad; Emirates; Egypt Air; & Rwandair.

The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite Local Airline are: Medview Airlines; Dana Airline; Arik Air; Air Peace; Azman Air; Overland Air; and Aero.

The nominees for the Best Travel Blog/Website are: TVP Adventures; Unravelling Nigeria; Travel With A Pen; EatTechTravel; Social Prefect; Irinajo; Naija Adventures; Khalid, The Workaholic; and Naijanomads.

The nominees for the Best Business Hotel are: Ibis Lagos Airport; Pearlwort Hotel; Eko Hotel; Radisson Blu Anchorage; Rockview Hotel Classic Abuja; Presken Hotel & Resorts; Ibis Lagos Ikeja; Hampton Suites; Hotel Seventeen; and Tahir Guest Palace.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

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FG Restates Commitment to Float National Carrier by December

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Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to float a new national carrier by December 2018.

Chidi Izuwah, Ag. Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the National carrier Committee a timeline which must be met stating that a task force was created which would work intensively for the next six months.

Izuwah, who is also a member of the Ministerial Committee on the Establishment of a National Carrier said that it would be private sector driven leading to the concession of the airports adding that ICRC would look at the business case.

“The committee has met and set up a plan, what the plan is, is to make sure that there is a business plan, which is the first thing if you want the private sector to participate.

“You must let them know that if they invest in this business, they will make profit, our plan is to attract investors and request for qualification process, which is part of the ICRC guidelines for procurement.

“Where we identify pre-qualified bidders, who can now bid, which will be a very competitive process all around the world, It’s a very pressurised timeline I must say, but the committee is committed to be able to do that.

“Because the National carrier is very crucial for our economy and in addition the entire aviation infrastructure, what we are doing is that, we just certified the Aviation Leasing Company, it will make access to aircraft easier for our airlines.”

He said that the national carrier would create huge jobs noting that the aviation sector has been creating jobs for other countries instead of Nigerians stating that the carrier is a pride of every nation.

Izuwah, however, said that government is willing to partner with the private sector to drive the economy.

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Air Peace to Blacklist Violent Passengers

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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, says it will henceforth penalise violent passengers especially those who attack guests, their staff or involved in the destruction of company’s facilities.

The airline’s spokesman, Chris Iwarah, said in a statement yesterday that the airline took the decision after a passenger who flew into a rage and destroyed its check-in system at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Tuesday was blacklisted.

Iwarah said the airline had already dispatched a letter to the unnamed passenger informing him of the ban.

He said the company was also reviewing 14 similar cases to check the growing trend of attacks and violence by air travellers.

Iwarah said: “During the check-in formalities of our Lagos-Abuja Flight P47128 at the GAT on May 15, an impatient passenger standing in the queue suddenly flew into a rage and destroyed one of our computers.

“The unruly passenger claimed he destroyed the check-in system because the process was too slow.

“We were, therefore, compelled by the need to guarantee the safety of members of the flying public and our staff to blacklist the passenger.

“It is also to signal our resolve to henceforth penalise violent conduct towards our valued guests and staff as well as view unwarranted destruction of our facilities very seriously.

“We are currently reviewing about 14 similar cases to determine the appropriate action to take.”

According to him, some Air Peace staff have frequently been attacked by aggrieved passengers at the slightest excuse while facilities costing costing huge sums have also been destroyed in the process.

“This easy resort to violence by unruly passengers often results in flight disruptions, delays and frustrates our resolve to deliver the best flight experience to the flying public.

“This trend poses a grave danger to the lives of our esteemed guests and staff, and such unruly passengers are no longer welcome on any of our flights,” Iwarah said.

He added that the airline would continue to take all reasonable steps within its capacity to check violent conduct by passengers.

Iwarah also urged the regulatory authorities and security agencies to take a tough stand against this trend to ensure that the safety of law-abiding travelers and aviation staff was not compromised.

“We affirm that a vast majority of our valued guests show understanding and cooperate with us and we are sincerely grateful for their support, patronage and loyalty.

“We solicit their support in checking the unfortunate violent behaviour of the handful of persons who often seek to frustrate our determination to provide quality flight services in a safe atmosphere.

“We have active online and physical channels through which members of the flying public can let us know their grievances with a view to addressing them.

“We appeal to them to consider this a better option than a resort to violence and self-help,” the airline said.

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Turkish Airlines Offers Free Layover Service to Its International Transit Passengers

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Turkish Airlines flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, offers a free layover service to all international transit Turkish Airlines passengers who fly through Istanbul with a 6-24 hour layover.

Since its launch in 2009, touristanbul has already benefited almost a quarter of a million passengers who were able to enjoy a taste of Istanbul.

With its customary Turkish hospitality, Turkish Airlines takes pride in curating a delightfully different experience for its passengers and going beyond expectations with its array of unique products and services.

The national flag-carrier offers the complementary touristanbul service including transfers, access to historical sights of interest as well as a sampling of Turkey’s famed cuisine. Passengers can catch a glimpse of the varied history and cultural fusion which has made Istanbul such a vibrant and charming city.

To enjoy the benefits of touristanbul, passengers must have an international transit flight through Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and layover of 6-24 hours. Tours depart daily from the Hotel Desk at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, with a daily schedule taking place 8:30 to 11:00, from 09:00 to 15:00, from 09:00 to 18:00, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00.

The tour programme includes a combination of some Istanbul’s highlights such as Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace and many more.

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