Organisers unveil nominees for tourism (Balearica) Awards

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The Balearica Awards is divided into 24 categories; 20 of them will be decided by public votes while the remaining four will be selected by the organisers and industry experts based on their outstanding contributions.
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(Balearica) Awards/photo credit: naijaPr
It has been full of activities as he the Nigerian Travel week kick starts since on Monday, the 20th. There were lots of agenda on ground as the major one that is paramount during the week is how to generate much interest regarding tourism and it ideal support in Nigeria is the Balearica Awards

The list of the nominees of various categories of the event was unveiled by the organisers in a conference that was held last week. Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Travel Week (NTW), Efetobo Awhana, explained extensively what the award is all about.

One important detail about the award. He went further to say that, the reason for the award was to appreciate and also honour excellence within the tourism industry and identify those who ha contributed in one way or the other towards Nigerian tourism. He also make a clarity as to why the choice of the Balearica.

According to Awhana, who is also the CEO of Avantgarde Tours, he e explained the Balearica as the Nigeria’s national bird which is found on the coat of arms. He went further to say that it stands as the symbolic figure used to promote tourism in the country. This informed its adoption as the name and symbol of the awards which is in line with the focus of Nigeria Travel Week.

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The Balearica Awards is divided into 24 categories; 20 of them will be decided by public votes while the remaining four will be selected by the organisers and industry experts based on their outstanding contributions.

Here are  some of the non-vote awardees selected, they are;

 Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo; he is to be  honoured with the Life Time Achievement award

Bankole Bernard; to be honoured as Travel Personality of the Year. He is the president of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA).

The rest of the categories are;

Best Tourism Governor

Nominees

Rivers (H.E Nyesom Wike)

Akwa Ibom (H.E Udom Emmanuel)

Lagos (H.E Akinwunmi Ambode)

Ondo (H.E Rotimi Akeredolu)

Bauchi (H.E Mohammed A. Abubakar)

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Best Tourism Attraction

Nominees

Idanre Hills

Nike Art Gallery

Calabar Carnival

Kajuru Castle Kaduna

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

Kano Durbar

Best Tour Operators

Nominees

Jemi – Alade Tours

TravelNextDoor

Motley Travels

SJ Tours

Ibom Tourism

Tour2Nigeria

Remlords Tours

and so on…..

Today, November 25 is the grand finale and winners will be announced at a the Nigeria Travel Awards gala at the Federal Palace Hotel.

 

 

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