#Nigeria Tourism Awards – and the winners are …

GALA NIGHT AT THE FEDERAL PALACE HOTEL & CASINO RECOGNIZES THE 2019 WINNERS OF THE BALEARICA AWARDS

(Posted 22nd November 2019)

(A very excited Fisayo Olayinka-Bello after receiving her award as best travel writer in 2019)

The organizers of the Nigeria Travel Week put on a superb show this evening at the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino in Lagos, when the Nigeria Tourism Award Gala Night took place.
A full house was testament how the Nigeria Travel Week and the Nigeria Tourism Awards have grown over the past three years and have become a major fixed point in the Nigerian tourism industry’s annual calendar.

Some fourteen categories of awards, besides a further seven merit awards, were showcased this evening and the number of nominees on the shortlist then boiled down to the ones left standing, the winners:

Category Best Family Amusement Centre
Port Harcourt Pleasure Park

Category Best Travel Journalist
Pelu Awofeso

Best Travel Blog
The Fisayo – who besides the award itself also won a special price from Royal Caribbean International of a one week all inclusive cruise for two persons.

Young Tourism Personality of the Year
Bolaji Seun

Best Domestic Airline
Air Peace

Best International Airline
Emirates

Best Hotel
Eko Hotel & Suites

Best Resort
La Campagne Tropicana

Best Tour Operator
Tour Brokers

Best Travel Agency
Finchglow Travels

Best Online Travel Agency
Travelstart

Best Tour Guide
Anago James Osho

Best Restaurant
Shiro

Best Tourism Attraction
Lekki Conservation Centre

Congratulations to all the winners in their respective categories who had to get ahead in the voting of some very strong competition and prevailed!

The Merit Awards handed out to recipients tonight were:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Alhaji Munzali Dantata

Tourism Personality of the Year
Allen Onyema

Industry Icon
Rita Obidike

Special Recognition for Tourism Photography
Dayo Adedayo

Special Recognition for Tourism Support
Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai

Special Recogntion Tourism Investment
Senator Ibrahim M. Ida

Most Supportive Brand
South African Airways

Sponsorship, according to the organizers, also exceeded expectations for the third edition of the #NigeriaTravelWeek and the #NigeriaTourismAwards with such big names like Lagos Tourism, Cabo Verde Airlines, Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Royal Caribbean International, Hard Rock Cafe, Bristol Palace, South African Airways, Loving Lagos, IWA – Inside Watch Africa, Lufthansa City Center, Finchglow, Nanta, Skal Nigeria, Bespoke, Upbeat, Avantgarde Tours, Red Clay and Skyview Virtual Tour among many others.

Media Partners, from the very beginning and continuing after extending the arrangements for the next several years, are EuroMonitor International, VoyagesAfriq and ATCNews.

Reporting live from Lagos / Nigeria and the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino.

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