#JumiaTravelAwards2019: Tribune’s Wale Olapade shortlisted as Jumia announces nominees, commences online voting

Jumia Travel, the hotel and flight arm of Jumia, has announced the launch of the third edition of the annual Nigeria Travel Awards scheduled to hold on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Jupiter Hall, Four Points by Sheraton.

The online travel agency making the disclosure through its PR Associate, Jumia Travel & Food, Ogunfowoke, Adeniyi Ayuba, said the online voting for the awards has opened and will close on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019.

According to the organisers, at the Awards which aim to recognise outstanding players in the Nigeria Hospitality/Travel industry, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lagos State, Steve Ayorinde, will deliver the keynote address on the topic: “Lagos as a Model For Tourism Growth in Nigeria.”

Other top dignitaries are Annette Ibe, the Lagos representative of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Ikechi Ukoh of Akwaaba Travel Market and tourism/travel expert, and the Managing Director of Four Points by Sheraton, Folake Ogungbemi.

In the eight categories which Jumia said will be awarded, names of the nominees have been released, which include Nigerian Tribune Travel Pulse and M. I. C. E anchor,  Wale Olapade in the Travel Reporter of the Year 2018 category.

Below is the full list of the nominees and their categories:

Travel Reporter of the Year 2018: Pelu Awofeso (Travel Next Door), Apata Oyeniran (Daily Independent), Chuks Nwanne (The Guardian), Wale Olapade (Nigerian Tribune), Omololu Olumuyiwa (Travelscope Magazine), and Obinna Emelike (Business day)

Hotel of the Year 2018: The George Ikoyi, Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Radisson Blu Lagos Ikeja Hotel, Golden Tulip Festac, The Lagos Continental Hotel (Intercontinental), Southern Sun Ikoyi, Nordic Hotel, Swiss International Mabisel Port Harcourt, The Wells Carlton Hotel & Apartments  and Protea Hotel by Marriott Kuramo Waters.

Best Business Hotel 2018: Golden Tulip Festac, Eko Hotels & Suites, Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Four Point by Sheraton, Hotel Presidential (Port Harcourt), Ibis Lagos Ikeja, Lagos Oriental Hotel, Park Inn By Radisson (Abeokuta), Radisson Blu Lagos Ikeja Hotel, Southern Sun Ikoyi, and The Lagos Continental Hotel(Intercontinental).

Best Leisure Hotel 2018: Sun Heaven Hotels & Resort, Victoria Island; Morning Side Suites and Spa, Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Whispering Palms Hotel & Resort, Epe Resort, Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Nike Lake Resort (Enugu), La Campagne Tropicana Resort, Eko Hotel and Suite, Golden Tulip Festac, and Barracuda beach resort.

Best Local Airline 2018: Arik, Air Peace, Medview, Dana, Azman air, and Aero Contractors.

Best International Airline 2018: Ethiopian Air, Emirates, Egypt Air, Kenyan Air, Africa world Airline, Air Namibia, South African Airways, Etihad Air, British Airways, Virgin Air, Delta Air, United Airlines, and Turkish Airways.

Travel Blogger/Vacation Planner 2018: Travel with a Pen, TheUfuoma, Zeegoes, Sassyfunke, Irinajo, TVP Adventures, Naija Nomads, Tour2Nigeria, EatTechTravel and Unravelling Nigeria

The winners of the Nigeria Travel Awards will be honoured during an event held on March 11, 2019.

“The Nigeria Travel Awards powered by Jumia has become the most anticipated travel awards in Nigeria. Its objective is to promote the Nigeria Tourism sector and reward the top players in the industry while encouraging best practices and improved services,” said Omolara Adagunodo, the Managing Director of Jumia’s hotel and flight marketplace.

Interested persons can follow the Awards conversation on social media via #JumiaTravelAwards2019 and kindly make it a reality by voting for Wale Olapade in the Travel Reporter of the Year 2018 category and those in other categories here