Tuesday, 3 October 2017



Zainab Junaid Elesho

Dana Air has announced its support for the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), scheduled to hold from 10th to 12th October, 2017, at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
Themed: Opportunities, Productivity, and Employment: Actualizing the Economy Recovery and Growth Plan,’’ the annual Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), which is jointly organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, is the largest and most prestigious forum for policy makers and captains of industry from both private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy to interact and share thoughts on Key issues and challenges facing the Nigerian economy.
Commenting on the partnership, the Communications Manager of Dana Air, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa affirmed that for over five years, the airline has been supporting the Nigerian Economic Summit as a brand that is committed to the economic recovery plan of the Federal Government.
Kingsley said, "Nigeria is gradually coming out of recession and we commend the enduring efforts of the Federal Government and the Economic Team. What is more important now is how we can maintain the growth trajectory post-recession, to deliver a positive impact on Nigerian citizens in general. This is what this year’s summit intends to achieve and we are proud to be supporting again this year.’’
As part of its support to the Nigerian Economic Summit 23, Dana Air will be providing the Nigerian Economic Summit team with complimentary tickets while delegates will enjoy specials fares on the airline.

WTM Announces Finalists In The 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards

WTM has announced the 12 finalists in the 2017 ATM Responsible Tourism Awards to be presented at ATM London on November oath 2017.

On the list of finalists this year is a game lodge in Botswana, a fynbos protected area in South Africa, a social enterprise in Vietnam, a tour operator working to benefit local communities in Limpopo, a European city, a group of guest cottages in Kangaroo Valley in Australia and a company enabling travellers to walk from village to village in rural India. The 12 finalists now need to wait until the Awards ceremony at WTM London to discover who this year’s chosen leaders are.

Six “Leaders in Demonstrating Responsible Tourism Impact” will be announced at WTM London on World Responsible Tourism Day. They will each represent the company, organisation or destination that the judges consider has shown the most significant impact across five categories, each of which is tied to one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For 2017, these categories are: Best for Carbon Reduction, Best for Accommodation, Best Community Initiative, Best for Communication, Best Tour Operator, and Best for Poverty Reduction.

The awards will be presented by Tanya Beckett, who presents Talking Business on the BBC News Channel.

Commenting on the standard of the finalists, Chair of Judges, Emeritus Professor Harold Goodwin said:

“This year we have discovered some new and innovative approaches to demonstrating the contributions which tourism makes to sustainable development.

“I was chair of the judges for the 13 years of the World Responsible Tourism Awards organised by responsibletravel.com. When they decided to cease running the Awards I was delighted that WTM London stepped up to continue them.

“This is a major year of change with a new organiser and a focus in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development on the UN’S Sustainable Development Goals – we shall be publishing some great examples of how businesses have met the new challenge of transparently reporting their impacts and communicating them to stakeholders," he said.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 8thNovember 2017 at a ceremony at WTM London, where over 500 tourism professionals, tourism ministers and media representatives are expected to attend.

WTM London, Senior Exhibition Director, and fellow judge, Simon Press also said: “Once again the World Responsible Tourism Awards will be a key part of the opening of World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM London. The stories of the winners and their achievements act as a benchmark and inspiration for what the global travel and tourism industry can achieve in responsible tourism practice.”

The WTM Responsible Tourism Day - Opening and Awards takes place from 11:00-13:00 on 8 November in WTM Global Stage - AS1050

The full list of 2017 finalists is:

v Chobe Game Lodge
v Crystal Creek
v Grootbos
v Green Tourism Business Scheme
v Kumarakom
v Ol Pejeta
v Marine Dynamics
v Sapa o Chau
v Ljubljana
v Transfrontier Parks Destinations
v TUI Cruises
v Village Ways