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    Cross River State Governor Moves to Ease Air Travels



    The Governor of Cross River State in southern Nigeria, Bassey Otu has made arrangements with the management of Aero Contractors to resume flights to Calabar, the state capital to ease air travel for residents, visitors and tourists.

    Governor Otu has also started moves to increase the Cross River State government-owned airplanes popularly called ‘Cally’ from two to five under the management of Aero Contractors.

    One of the aircraft, Boeing 737 – 5N BYR, arrived at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar and was received by the governor, who commended his predecessor, Senator Ben Ayade for having the foresight to venture into the aviation industry, noting that the two airplanes would enhance daily flight schedule to Lagos State and Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

    Otu stated, “we have about three aircraft that would be added to the fleet in no distant time. Calabar has been an international airport and we want to raise it to that standard.

    “Permit me to thank the officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for making it possible for flights to commence landing here at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport till 9 pm. The lighting is being restored and the airport is returning to optimal functionality as an international airport,” he remarked.

    He welcomed investors and fun seekers into the state, urging them to take advantage of the Cally Aero reintroduced flight plan to visit Cross River for business or leisure, saying, “to all our guests, we are expecting all of you from December 1, 2023, when we will flag off the 32 days Calabar festival. By the time the festival begins, one can only imagine what the temperature is going to be like.

    “I thank Aero Contractors, our partner in this business. We have agreed to build even stronger ties and make sure that this partnership becomes a very viable business for the state, he said.

    Responding to the gesture, the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi praised the vision of Governor Otu for ensuring that the two airplanes resume flight operations to and fro Calabar, describing the governor as a man “poised to promote tourism and repositioning Cross River into an economically viable state.”

    Continuing, Sanusi stated, “now the two aircraft are flying and we will cover the Carnival Calabar International Festival edition of ‘Season of Sweetness’ fully. We thank the governor for his visionary leadership in allowing us to achieve this aim. We thank the Almighty God for the privilege to be part of this success story.”

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    Minister Leads Nigeria’s Delegation To 121st UN Tourism Executive Council



    Nigeria has joined 11 other elected African member countries to participate at the 121st session of the United Nations Tourism Executive Council held in Barcelona, Spain.

    According to the Ministry of Tourism statement, the country was represented by the Minister, Lola Ade-John, as the event further ‘reinforces Nigeria’s commitment to advancing global tourism.’

    The Council, which meets biannually, serves as the governing body of UN Tourism. In collaboration with the Secretary-General, the Council is responsible for making pivotal decisions on various aspects of the organization and its initiatives, which are subsequently presented to the General Assembly for ratification.

    The ministry further disclosed that Nigeria’s presence in the Executive Council ‘highlights the nation’s growing influence and dedication to promoting tourism as a key driver of economic growth, cultural exchange, and sustainable development.’

    Remarking, the minister, Lola Ade-John, expressed her gratitude for Nigeria’s role in the Council and reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to contributing to the global tourism agenda.
    “Our participation in the UN Tourism Executive Council is a testament to Nigeria’s vibrant tourism sector and our dedication to fostering international cooperation in tourism. We look forward to working closely with other member states to promote sustainable tourism practices that benefit all,” she said.

    The Nigerian minister further emphasized the country’s ongoing initiatives to enhance its tourism infrastructure, improve visitor experiences, and protect its cultural and natural heritage. Nigeria’s active participation in the UN Tourism Executive Council will further these efforts, providing valuable opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange with other leading nations in the tourism sector.

    Continuing, the minister stressed that as the country ’embarks on this new chapter within UN Tourism, it remains committed to leveraging its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and hospitality to attract tourists from around the world, contributing to the global tourism industry’s growth and sustainability.’

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    Air Passengers Experience Luxury As AltClub Opens At Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos



    With the opening of Altclub by The Alternative Bank, passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) can now experience an enhanced degree of luxury and convenience.

    The cutting-edge premium area meets customers’ basic banking needs while providing an opulent haven for them to unwind and rejuvenate before their flights.

    The Alternative Bank claims that Altclub, a division of Alttravel, a digital travel finance product, was created to improve Nigerians’ ease of access to and convenience from travel.

    With its “Travel Now, Pay Later” model, Alttravel offers the greatest amount of freedom and does away with the requirement for advance payments.

    At the opening event, Mohammed Yunusa, Director of Digital Business and Innovations at The Alternative Bank, emphasised the importance of Altclub.

    “Altclub isn’t just a lounge; it’s a sanctuary of comfort and convenience. Gone are the days of sacrificing relaxation for travel formalities. Our lounge offers a luxurious space where travellers can unwind and rejuvenate before their flights, free from the typical travel stress,” Yunusa said.

    The national brand news further discloses that apart from providing a peaceful setting for unwinding, Altclub offers several facilities to meet the requirements of tourists, such as refreshments, fast Wi-Fi, and electrical outlets for charging gadgets.

    “Altclub is exclusively available to The Alternative Bank customers, showcasing our commitment to their comfort and convenience. Present your boarding pass and proof of Altbank membership at the entrance, and our dedicated staff will ensure a seamless and enjoyable pre-flight experience,”
    Korede Demola-Adeniyi, Executive Director of Sales at The Alternative Bank, added.

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    10 best countries for tourists to visit in 2024 — Nigeria is not 1 of them



    The United States achieved a significant victory on the international stage, being named the best country for travel and tourism in 2024 by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    As CNN describes, the rankings are based on a number of criteria, including infrastructure, natural resources, sustainability, labour availability and price competitiveness.

    However, it’s worth noting that WEF’s data focuses on tourism-related aspects such as hotels, airports, attractions, airlines – and not on travelers’ on-site experiences.

    Europe is strongly represented in the top 10, with six countries on the list, including Spain in second place. In the WEF report, this continent was defined as “a dynamic destination with strong intra-regional flows”

    The continent earned high marks for rail connections, strong economies, stability of the euro and pound and increased mobility of Europeans, which translates into spending money.

    The strength of European passports was also a significant factor in the ranking. In 2024, six countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – shared the top spot for the world’s most powerful passports according to the Henley Index, and this data was included in the WEF report.

    According to the report, “In 2024, global tourism growth is expected to be boosted by meeting pent-up demand and growth in major Asian markets as travel restrictions are lifted.”

    Japan, ranked number three, is experiencing a tourism boom as borders reopen after the pandemic. China, which ranked eighth, has taken steps to make it easier for tourists to visit by waiving visa requirements for residents of several European countries.

    However, not all countries in the top 10 have reasons to be happy. Spain and Italy, despite their high positions in the ranking, are struggling with the problem of excessive tourism, which leads to conflicts with local communities.

    Here is the full list of the 10 best countries for travel and tourism according to the World Economic Forum

    1 –United States
    2 –Spain
    3 –Japan
    4 –France
    5 –Australia
    6 –Germany
    7 –Great Britain
    8 –China
    9 –Italy
    10 –Switzerland

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