For encouraging travel and tourism in Nigeria, the Governor of Cross River state, Liyel Imoke will be honoured by the travel market, Abuja Bantaba along many other Nigerians who have contributed in the development of aviation, travel and tourism in the country.
This is the mark 100 years of aviation in the world and the 100 years of the growth and development of travel business in Nigeria.
Organiser of Abuja Bantaba, Ikechi Uko said the body would celebrate the pioneers, the exceptional, innovators and the legends of the travel business some of whom have never been recognized before. as Nigeria celebrates her centenary anniversary, Abuja Bantaba would be honouring the 100 leading Travel and Tourism personalities in Nigeriaâ€™s history at the Travellers Award Dinner on April 25, 2014 at Abuja.
â€œGovernor Imoke took up the tourism projects of Cross River and drove it to phenomenal heights. The world famous Carnival Calabar known as the biggest street party in Africa grew from a local event to a global event. From less than a thousand hotel rooms in Calabar to over 4000 rooms in Calabar which are mostly fully occupied in the one month long Calabar Festival,â€ Uko said.
He noted that to make Tinapa fully functional, Governor Imoke launched the Summit Hills project to be completed before 2015.
â€œThe Summit Hills, a signature project is a composite mixed use area adjoining Tinapa with a 160 house estate, an 18hole golf course, a world class Convention centre and a 200 room hotel among other facilities,â€ he said.
Uko also said Cross River state has led the tourism promotion business in Nigeria using the Carnival as it’s pivot, drawing participation from all over the world and establishing the carnival as a must watch event in Africa.
â€œFor most people who cannot go to Calabar in December Abuja Bantaba is the opportunity to see this world famous spectacle play outside of Calabar. The Carnival Calabar will showcase to a select audience at the 4th edition of Abuja Bantaba the meeting event for travel professionals on the 25th of April,â€ Uko disclosed.
He said since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, one of the pillars of integration and growth of the country was the transport system built initially on the back of the North â€“South rail network which now includes; road, air, riverine and pipeline movement.
â€œThe modern Nigeria is built on an integrated transport system that carries millions of people around the country that includes over 14 Million air travellers through 22 official Airports, aviation was the last to join the rail, road and River Travel in Nigeria,â€ Uko also observed.