In its quest at placing Nigeria on the global tourism destination map especially the internal travel, a frontline domestic tourism interest group in Nigeria, Naija7wonders led by renowned Ikechi Uko, founder, Akwaaba African Travel Market has come up with list of individuals and organisations that played prominent roles at promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria by discovering new tourism sites including much celebrated Mpape crushed rock in Abuja among others.
”From a vantage position of hosting weekly Zoom conferences of the Naija Seven Wonders from June last year till December 2020, we observed a lot of things and the team recorded trends and changes in tourism in Nigeria” mentioned in a report according to the team’s findings and shared among members of Tourism 100 Club as follows:
The Top Tourism States in Nigeria 2020
They made the most effort to stay relevant in promotion of Tourism in Nigeria during the lockdown Period: 1. Lagos State in stakeholder engagement 2. Ekiti State in Destination promotion and Policy Roll out 3. Osun State 4. Plateau State for hosting of NAFEST4. Oyo State5. Akwa Ibom State 6. Kebbi State for Argungu Festival7. Bayelsa State8. Cross River State9. River State10. Enugu State .
The Most Popular Tourism sites visited
Between June and December by Members wereMost Popular Locations last year 2020. Before the Lockdown these were not the most Popular but Post Lockdown they attracted the Most Visits.1.Idere Hills in Oyo State2.Obudu Mountain in Cross River State3.Mpape Rocks in FCT4.Badagry Beach in Lagos State 5. Zuma Rock in Niger State 6. Oguta Lake in Imo State7. Ezeagu Falls in Enugu State 8. Owu Falls in Kwara State9. La Campagne Beach Resort in Lagos State 10. Katampe Hills in FCT.
The Top Promoters of Domestic Tourism in Nigeria
Between June and December 2020. They had tours and trips to many Destinations last year. They are listed in no particular order.
1. Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday2. Bolaji Seun3. Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan4. Chiamaka Obuekwe5. Omotoke Thetokelady Alarinka 6. George Lucky7. Jibola Oluseye8.Anago James Akeem Osho9.Cordis Marianuela10.Kingsley Uzordon11.Nanna Yakubu 12.Oludayo Taiwo Gideon13.Erelu Funmi RotibaThey gave us Good Pictures and Great Updates. They resented new destinations and old destinations with New eyes. They travelled while we stayed a home. They moved People.
The Top Tourism Supportive Agencies
last Year would be 1. NCAC led by Otunba Runsewe 2. NIHOTOUR 3. National Parks
The Top Tourism Association, organisation and individuals during the Lockdown
Nanta headquarters led by hard working President Susan Akporiaye. stayed active all through the Lockdown. The Revelation of 2020 will be Shalom Asuquo of Travel Lab Uyo who pushed and Put Akwa Ibom state on the Map and Namure of Brisk Travels Abuja who helped us Enjoy Mpape Crushed Rock along with Peace Iyare .
The most Improved players for 2020
Great Captain Emmanuel and Kalo Africa Balogun who upped their Game.
The Top Destination Journalists for 2020
They gave us stories of domestic locations week in week out: 1.Emelike Obinna of Bussinesday 2.Andrew Okungbowa of New Telegraph 3. Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi of NAN.
Best Photographs of 2020
Courtesy of our man Dayo Adedayo thanks for updating us with amazing images of Lagos and Abuja and the Books.
Altogether it was a trying year but we weathered the Challenges together. We have set a tone for growth in 2021. Everyone can do better than we all did in 2020. To the Naija7wonders team I say a big thank you for a great Job. We shall surely be rewarded in this life and Guys Let’s Do More.
Special Kudos to the promoter extraordinaire for Badagry Samson Nunayon Prince Apata our Historian and record keeper Dr. Raphael James. The person that participated in all Zoom Conferences is Ebele Enemchukwu well done and Special medal for Remlords Tours, the supporter in Chief
”I fell in love with this New Road to Kalabari Kingdom opened last week by the Government of Rivers State. I want to Travel on this road to Abonema. It is breathtaking to behold. Naija Fine no be small” said Ikechi Uko.