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    NCAA Warns Airlines Operating Without Adequate Insurance.

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    The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has urged airlines and other service providers in the subsector to comply with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) 2022 on insurance cover.

    This was disclosed by NCAA Director-General, Mr Musa Nuhu, in a directive contained in an all operators letter, referenced NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/369 signed August 11, 2023, was addressed to all airlines and allied aviation service providers.

    According to the NCAA DG, the need for compliance is a sequel to the coming into force of Nig. CARs 2022 on 10th July, 2023 which makes it mandatory for all airlines to comply with Part 18.14.1.1 of the regulations.

    “Specifically, Part 18.14.1.1 of the regulations provides, amongst others, that all airlines and other allied aviation service providers must not operate without adequate and valid insurance cover, submitting to the authority copies of valid insurance certificates.

    “They must also provide evidence of payment of premium and other policy documents of insurance cover of not less than three months as specified in IS: 18.14.1.1.

    “Having insurance document which must be adequate and renewed before the expiration of the current policy and be submitted to the NCAA as soon as it is renewed,“ Mr Nuhu stated in the statement.

    He said non-adherence to the regulation would attract immediate sanctions, including the grounding of the specific aircraft, and taking enforcement action against any airline or service provider that defaulted.

    Since the Warsaw Convention of 1929, aviation insurance has been made mandatory for global operators to provide coverage for hull losses, as well as liability for passenger injuries and environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents.

    The NCAA Act of 2006, 74 (1) provides that “any carrier operating air transport services to, from or within Nigeria, or aerodrome operator, aviation fuel supplier, or any provider of ground handling services, meteorological services, air traffic control services, aircraft maintenance services, or provider of such other class of allied service as the Authority may, from time to time, determine in writing shall maintain adequate insurance covering its liability under this Act, and also its liability towards compensation for damages that may be sustained by third parties for an amount to be specified in regulations made by the Authority.”

    Unlike other sectors, aviation is high-end, with special risk and attendant high premiums. However, Nigerian aircraft have a higher premium. For instance, the insurance premium on an average aircraft is put between one to two per cent of the entire value in Europe and North America. For aircraft flown in the “high-risk” African region, the insurance goes for between three and five per cent of the entire value.

    Across a total of 98 commercial aircraft in the country, the average total insurance premium on aircraft alone is N5.88 billion yearly. To insure passengers require an additional N5 billion minimum.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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