Sanwo-Olu, Runsewe, Akporiaye, Others Win Big At Nigeria Tourism Award

by Olamilekan Okeowo

Recognition has come the way of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, Susan Akporiaye, President, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA, and one of Nigeria’s top banks, Sterling Bank, and many others at the recent 2020 edition of the Nigeria Tourism award ceremony, known as the Balearica Awards, organised virtually by the Nigeria Travel Week.

 

Sanwo-Olu was awarded the honor for his efforts at implementing positive tourism initiatives in the state. Runsewe was recognized as the Tourism personality of the year while Akporiaye was recognised as a tourism industry icon.

 

Sterling Bank was given a special recognition award for tourism support

 

Efetobo Awhana, Organiser of the event, disclosed that Gov. Sanwo-Olu deserved the award because he is the only Governor to establish a tourism support fund following the devastating effect of COVID-19 on the industry. Awhana said that the Governor also prioritised tourism policies among some other positive tourism initiatives implemented in the state.

 

“The 2020 Nigeria Tourism Award recognises those tourism firms and individuals who have gone out of their way to boost domestic tourism while COVID-19 ravaged the world.

 

2020 was indeed a difficult year for every practitioner in the tourism industry, yet many individuals went out of their way to ensure that the industry thrived amidst all odds,” the organizers said.

 

Under the Tourism Icon category, the Young Tourism Personality recognition went to Omotoke Fatoki, Chief Mike Amachree and Jemi Alade went home with the Lifetime Achievement Award while HRM Oba Ademola Folakemi took the Royal Support for Tourism statuette.

 

Badagry emerged as the Best Tourism Destination, Dr. Adebisi Obawale was recognized as Best Tourism Commissioner, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, also got a special recognition award for tourism infrastructures due to his contributions towards improving the transportation system in Nigeria, especially the railway which is identified as being crucial to the growth of tourism in Nigeria.

 

Special recognition award for Tourism Innovation went to Skyview Communications; Dr. Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General of the National Park Service bagged special recognition for essential duties while Mr. Adeyanju Lipede was rewarded for his efforts in Tourism Investment.

 

Below is the Full List Of Winners

SPECIAL RECOGNITION CATEGORY

Dr Ibrahim Goni: Essential Duties

Prince Adeyanju Lipede: Tourism Investmmment

Sterling Bank: Tourism Support

Rotimi Amaechi: Tourism Infrastructure

 

HOSPITALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY

Best Casual Dining Restaurant: Maison Kayser

Best Platinum Dining Restaurant:Z Kitchen

Best Ethnic Restaurant: Tamberma Ibadan

Best Tourism Attraction: oNIKAN hOUSE lAGOS

Best Family Amusement Center: uPBEAT cENTER

Best tourism promotion initiative: Work N Play

Best Hotel Suite: Federal Palace Hotel

Best International Chain Hotel: Radisson Blu Anchorage

Best Resort: La Campagne Tropicana

Best Beach Hotel: Jara Beach Resort

Best Luxury Hotel: The Envoy Abuja

Best Boutique Hotel: L’eola Hotel Lagos

Best Boutique Hotel: The Envoy Abuja

 

TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL SERVICES

Best Domestic Tour Operator: Angel Style world travels

Best Leisure Travel Agency: Brisk Travel and Tours

Best Business Travel Agency: Business Travel Management

Best Tour Guide: Bethel Moseglad

 

MEDIA CATEGORY

Best Travel Blog: Zee Goes

Best Tourism Photography: Blessed Emmanuel

Best Tourism Video: The UnfficialOmotayo

Best Travel TV Programme: Goge Africa

Best Travel Radio Programme: Tourism Perspective

Best Tourism Journalist: Wale Olapade

Special Recognition-Tourism Innovation: sKYVIEW COMMUNICATION

Tourism personality of the year: Otunba Segun Runsewe

Best Tourism Destination: Badagry

Best Tourism Commissioner: Dr Adebisi Obawale

Best Tourism Governor: Babajide Sanwo Olu

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

DR IBRAHIM GONI: ESSENTIAL DUTIES

PRINCE ADEYANJU LIPEDE: TOURISM INVESTMMMENT

STERLING BANK: TOURISM SUPPORT

ROTIMI AMAECHI: TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE

 

INDUSTRY ICONS

Susan Akporiaye

Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun

Bunmi Aremu

Tinuke Nwakohu

Dr Raphael James

Bimbo Durosinmi-Etti

Folorunsho Coker

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