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NPA, Terminal Operators At War Over Illegal Port Charges

THE Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, is currently at war with some terminal operators over newly introduced charges, which Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, NPA's boss has warned agents and importers to ignore.
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Competition, Hurdles for Local Airlines On London Route

Air travellers longing for Nigerian carriers on the London route may wait no further, as at least two operators are warming up to take up the challenge to compete with British Airways and
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International Passport Applicants Bemoan Extortion by NIS Officials at Ikoyi Office

Nigerians who apply for new passports or reissuance have cried out that they are being extorted of various sums of money by officials of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS)
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Gridlock As Truck Drivers Block Abuja-Lokoja Highway

Commuters and motorists were yesterday held in a gridlock for several hours along the Abuja-Lokoja highway as truck drivers blocked the Jamata axis of the road to protest alleged assault of one their
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Gridlock As Truck Drivers Block Abuja-Lokoja Highway

Commuters and motorists were yesterday held in a gridlock for several hours along the Abuja-Lokoja highway as truck drivers blocked the Jamata axis of the road to protest alleged assault of one their
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Aircraft Movement In Nigeria Declines By 5.9% In H1’18 – NBS

A report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that aircraft movement in Nigeria declined by 5.9 percent in the first half of 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017.
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Unease Over 'Stolen' Jets At Lagos Airport

Two Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft formerly used by Topbrass Aviation Services Limited, a local operator, have been allegedly stolen in Lagos.The airplanes (registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC) have been the
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Kano, A City Of Antiques And Culture

Kano, regarded as the commercial hub of Northern Nigeria due to its strategic location, is also the home that houses ancient relic and culture which dates back to the 7th century. Take time out and appreciate this
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Dana Air, Asky target codeshare agreement

Dana Air has hinted at plans to go into a codeshare partnership with ASKY Airlines, beginning with the current pact on its Lagos-Abuja operations.All things being equal, the partnerships will increase the airlines’ fleet by 10 airplanes , with Dana Air also marketing on Asky’s operations, and vice versa.

Under the current deal with the Lome based carrier, Dana Air on Monday received a wet-leased Boeing 737-700 aircraft from Asky.
Chief Operating Officer of Dana, Obi Mbanuzor, said the new addition to its fleet would offer very early flight services out of Abuja to Lagos and late returns on the same route.

The agreement also avails Dana the opportunity to have an aircraft on the 7am schedule and the deal further acts as a buffer for the airline as two of its McDonnell Douglas (MD83) are currently undergoing C-Check in France with one scheduled back at the end of the month. Mbanuzor said: ”We announced in February that we are entering partnership with Asky. It involved so many things and the partnership people are already seeing the fruition. The initial partnership has various levels and what you are seeing now is the aircraft leasing aspect of the partnership, where Asky will provide us with aircraft.

“For this partnership, Asky is partnering with three Boeing 737-700 aircraft. There will initially be three flying at different times. It’s a complex wet lease operation and so they will provide an aircraft, they may take it and put another in the system. There is also a 737-800 as well, all being used interchangeably. As time goes on, this partnership will help our staff get acquainted and trained with the 737-700 aircraft type. Without going deep, it is part of what we are looking at in furtherance of this partnership,” Mbanuzor said.

Mbanuzor, however, clarified that the deal had nothing to do with Ethiopian Airline, which is Asky’s parent airline.”I can tell you that we have had no discussion with Ethiopian Airlines; we had zero discussions with them. Even in terms of the aircraft, this is strictly between Dana Air and Asky. For now, it’s an aircraft lease agreement and what we are getting in return. We are getting the aircraft, and we are giving the standard economic remuneration for that.

“I repeat, this has nothing to do with Ethiopian Airlines and if there is anythingAsky is doing with Ethiopian Airlines, it is on their own level. The interline and codeshare, once we sign it, is also between us and Asky.”
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Why Nigerian Travel, Tourism Sector Lag Behind

Perennial lack of a clear destination marketing strategy, and synergy among stakeholders were yesterday, identified as the main reasons Nigeria's travel and tourism sectors are still underdeveloped, compared to other countries in Africa.

Leading tour operators on the continent, at the Akwaaba African Travel Market 2018 in Lagos, were unanimous about the huge tourism potential in Nigeria, but expressed concern that the country is yet to attract patronage to tourism for the development of both local and African economies.

The 2017 Annual Economic Reports of the WTTC estimated that air travel and tourism in Nigeria contributed 1.7 per cent to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016. The sectors, in cash flow, contributed a total of N1.861 billion, which puts Nigeria at 171st position among 185 ranked countries; 180th on the growth rate and 105th on the long term growth rate index.

While Nigeria lags behind, travel and tourism in Gambia contributes nine per cent to its GDP, with 63.7 per cent foreign visitors. Gambia ranks 164th in growth rate, and 34th in long term growth among 185 countries sampled. Similarly, travel and tourism in Rwanda contributes 4.5 per cent of its GDP, with 60.2 per cent foreign visitors. Rwanda ranks sixth in growth rate, and fourth (compared with Dubai), in long term growth projection.

The Chairman, Africa Tour Operators' Summit, Fatima Garbati, grouped tourism countries on the continent into three. There are countries with developed tourism like Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia; those with steady incomes from developing tourism like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and so on, and others with interest in developing the industry.

"Where do we place Nigeria? For me, it is really hard to place Nigeria anywhere in these categories. Yes, we have all that it takes, yet we have not arrived," she said.Director of Africa, Dubai Tourism, Stella Fubara, said the difference between Nigeria and her African neighbours and other more developed tourism destinations like Dubai, is the level to which the Federal Government is involved in tourism development.

Fubara said: "The government has the key role in marketing destinations. Yes, government don't own hotels, airlines, attraction, destinations and taxis. But government has the good policies to foster all the critical stakeholders, without giving anyone preferential treatment over the other."

Managing Director, The Gambia Tourism Board, Adama Njie, added that all the stakeholders must also be ready to work together, saying tourism and destination promotion are the business of everyone.

"That is the way we moved forward in The Gambia. Outbreak of Ebola really affected our tourism, with about 75 per cent cut in flights. Everybody felt it including the groundnut sellers. But through the tourism board we all rallied together to ensure we bounced back. If tourism must succeed, everyone must be involved," Njie said.

Chief Executive Officer, Destination Connect Kenya, Consaga Khisa, advised that the destinations must also be attractive to be appealing to guests."People only visit great destinations, and places like Dubai has much of it. It is the place of the government to make destination attractive," Khisa said.
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