In the face of unfortunate emergence of Covid-19 pandemic, the Naija Seven Wonders community operating from a vantage position of hosting weekly Zoom conferences from June last year till December 2020, observed a lot of progressive moves, trends, innovations and Changes in tourism business in Nigeria.
In their rigorous observation and findings, the community came up with lists of individuals, organisations, corporate bodies and government entities that brought about prominent changes that advanced domestic tourism in Nigeria of which the following were shared with members of Tourism 100 Club.
The Top Tourism States in Nigeria 2020– These states made the most effort to stay relevant in promotion of tourism in Nigeria during the lockdown Period and beyond: 1. Lagos State in Stakeholder Engagement 2. Ekiti State in Destination promotion and Policy Roll out 3. Osun State cultural promotion 4. Plateau State for hosting NAFEST 5. Oyo State 5. Akwa Ibom State 6. Kebbi State for Argungu Festival 7. Bayelsa State 8. Cross River State 9. River State 10. Enugu State .
The most popular tourism sites– Visited between June and December by members were the most popular Locations last year 2020. Before the Lockdown, these were not the most popular but post lockdown they attracted the most visitors: 1.Idere Hills in Oyo State 2. Obudu Mountain in Cross River State 3. Mpape Rocks in FCT 4. Badagry Beach in Lagos State 5. Zuma Rock in Niger State 6. Oguta Lake in Imo State 7. Ezeagu Falls in Enugu State 8. Owu Falls in Kwara State 9. 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: 1. Olugbenga Omotayo 2. Bolaji Seun 3. Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan 4. Chiamaka Obuekwe 5. Omotoke Thetokelady Alarinka 6. George Lucky7. Jibola Oluseye 8.Anago James Akeem Osho 9.Cordis Marianuela 10.Kingsley Uzordon 11.Nanna Yakubu 12.Oludayo Taiwo Gideon 13.Erelu Funmi Rotiba They gave us good pictures and great updates. They presented new destinations and old destinations with New Eyes. They travelled while we stayed at home but surely they moved People.
The Top Tourism Supportive Agencies last Year: 1. NCAC led by Otunba Runsewe 2. NIHOTOUR 3. National Parks
The top tourism association during the lockdown– NANTA Headquarters led by hard working President Susan Akporiaye stayed active all through the lockdown.
The best revelation of 2020- 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 of 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.
Special Kudos to the promoter extraordinaire– Badagry’s Samson Nunayon Prince Apata. Our historian and record keeper Dr. Raphael James. The person that participated in all Zoom Conferences– Ebele Enemchukwu and Special medal– 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.
To the Naija7wonders team, I say a Big THANK YOU for a great Job. We shall surely be rewarded in this life.