The Governor of Cross River State His Excellency Prof. Ben Ayade has reappointed Travel Expert Mr Ikechi Uko as the Consultant for the international aspect of the Carnival. This is in line with the re-positioning of Carnival Calabar as the number one event in Africa. Mr Ikechi Uko the Team Leader of The TeamAfrica is also the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market.
He was appointed last year by Governor Ben Ayade to help boost the international promotion of the Carnival. 11 countries participated and it was deemed Successful. Based on the success of last year’s event, the governor has reappointed Mr Uko to grow the event in 2016, with a mandate to bring more countries to the biggest Street party in Africa.
The 2016 edition of the carnival is expected to be bigger and better as last year’s event was the first carnival organised by the Professor Ayade . The dates for the events are the Bikers day on the 27th of December over 10,000 Bikers are expected to participate in the major biking showpiece in West Africa.
The main draw which is the street carnival is scheduled for December 28, 2016.. The international carnival will hold on December 29 and is expected to grow bigger than last year’s maiden edition. Last year’s event had over 2.5 million visitors in the city for the party.
Already the Carnival Commission has signed an MoU with the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) to promote this year’s event globally with three and five days packages for tourists.
The Chairman of the Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah said that this arrangement with NATOP will complete the product and make it available to more families to visit and enjoy the fun, pointing out that Nickelodeon will be debuting this year at Tinapa to further excite the children. The President of NATOP, Mr Nkereuwem Onung, praised Carnival Calabar for reaching out to professionals to market the biggest tourism product in Nigeria to the world.
He promised that NATOP members will soon launch packages for people to sign on for this year’s carnival.