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Stella Obinwa wins Travel Personality in West Africa


Stella Obinwa the Director of International Operations in charge of Africa for Dubai Tourism won the Travel Personality of the Year for West Africa at Accra Weizo event held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Ghana. Also at the event Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra Ghana was chosen as the best Hotel in West Africa. Togo based ASKY Airlines was voted as the Best Airline in West Africa and SAHCOL as the Best Handling company.
The event in Ghana was chaired by a former Ghana’s tourism minister, the Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, Honourable Mike A. Gizo, Chief of Agomeda, where Carnival Calabar Queens from Nigeria entertained audience with exciting display.
Also the Ghanaian cultural group performed at the event.
Ambassadors of seven countries attended the event. Accra Weizo is an annual Tourism event for the ECOWAS region which is organised by Akwaaba African Travel Market and it is held in Accra, Ghana. The Top 100 Travel and Tourism Personalities in West Africa were also honoured at the event.
Leading travel promoters in Nigeria and Ghana equally emerged winners of the award, among whom are Mrs Uloma Egbuna, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tour Brokers International; Mr Simon Grindrod, the General Manager of The Wheatbaker Lagos; Dr Michael Pinder, Group General Manager, Sun Heaven Hotels and Resorts, and Mr Lehlohonolo Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager West Africa for South African Tourism’s regional Africa office based in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Ghana awardees are Ms Hazel Gumpo, Group General Manager of Oak Plaza Hotel; Leeford Quarshie, General Manager, La Villa Boutique Hotel; Mrs Bella Ahu, CEO of Trafix Catering Limited; Dr Daniel McKorley, the Executive/Chairman of McDan Group of Companies; Mr Nicolas Jørgensen Gebara, General Manager, Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund and Mrs Nancy Sam Quartey, Chief Executive Officer of Staple Travel and Tours, Ghana.
“The Top 100 Tourism Personalities was set up to recognise individuals who have distinguished themselves and through their efforts or that of their organisations have impacted positively on the travel and tourism sector across the West African sub region.
“Also the personalities whose efforts have stimulated and helped to achieve their individual country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the region,” said Mr Ikechi Uko, organiser of the awards.
Among the winners is Mr Frank Nneji the CEO of ABC Transport. He won the award in recognition of his trail blazing effort which has transformed land transportation across West Africa and in the process linking several countries conveniently through the gesture.


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