Future Group, the publishers of Business Traveller Africa magazine in association with its Lagos-based affiliate, Tradeblazers, TNS South Africa and partner South African Tourism will be hosting the inaugural Business Traveller Africa Nigeria Awards this year. The event is set to take place at the Inter Continental Hotel Lagos on 18 September.

The aim is to reward excellence in Nigerian business travel and to acknowledge those brands that have performed with excellence over the past year. The function is both a networking platform and an awards event covering all aspects of business travel, including the four main areas of hotels, airlines, car rental and travel management, along with related categories such as foreign exchange, visas etc.

South African Tourism’s Regional Director: Africa, Evelyn Mahlaba, says “South African Tourism sees the potential in the Business Traveller Nigeria Awards because for us, this provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the immense contribution made by some of our trade partners in helping to promote South Africa as a tourism destination. Even more importantly, these Awards are the perfect platform in helping to build a robust Nigerian tourism sector through recognition and rewarding of excellence in the industry.”

Voting polls are now open and will close on 18 August. The event will cover a total of 15 categories.

The voting research is being conducted by independent research company TNS South Africa, and the survey has gone out to the entire National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) database, airline and aviation experts, TMCs, car rental and hospitality professionals.

The awards event will be preceded by a business travel conference, facilitated by Business Traveller Africa magazine editor Dylan Rogers, which will focus on pertinent issues affecting business travel in Africa, with particular focus on the Nigerian market.

Future Group and Tradeblazers are also pleased to welcome Kerzner International, GHI Assets, W Hospitality, SAA and Delta Air Lines onboard as corporate partners of the Business Traveller Africa Nigeria Awards.

The launch of the Business Traveller Africa Nigeria Awards follows on the success of the South African Awards, which is in its third year and takes place at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on the 2nd of September.

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