The Honourable Minister of Tourism of Nigeria, Lai Mohammed former Minister of Tourism Seychelles Alain St.Ange have sent Messages of Congratulations to Mr . ikechi Uko for winning the African Tourism and Hospitality personality of the year in Ethiopia.
In a message to Ikechi Uko Alhaji Lai Mohammed said “You deserve it,believe me your passion for the industry is remarkable and must be encouraged and Supported”. In his own message the former Candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General position Alain St.Ange had this to say “a well deserved award and I am happy you got it”. Earlier Dr. Walter Mzembi the Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism and Africa’s candidate for The UNWTO position of Secretary General had sent a message congratulating Mr. Uko on the success of the awards.
More practitioners and Tourism promoters from Across Africa had sent messages of congratulations to Mr. Ikechi Uko. Otunba Runsewe DG of NCAC was among the first to Congratulate Mr. Uko.
Mr. Ikechi Uko, the organiser of the Akwaaba African Travel markets annual exhibitions in Lagos Nigeria clinched the 2016 MICE East Africa’s Tourism and Hospitality Personality Award.The award was part of the 2017 MICE East Africa Forum and Expo in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The award was presented to Mr. Ikechi Uko by the Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Tourism Organisation, Yohannes Tilah, in the presence of Ambassador Amin from Foreign ministry after the ICCA CEO, Martin Sirk, gave a Keynote address on Business Meetings as an Economic Driver.
The awards was given to Mr. Ikechi for his unrelenting passion towards tourism and hospitality in Africa.
“This award is presented as recognition for your invaluable contributions for the overall advancement of tourism and hospitality businesses in Africa. Your tireless effort to promote African tourism has greatly helped domestic hospitality becoming sources of economic growth and social development as well as building international reputations.
Therefore, on behalf of MICE East Africa Forum and Expo and the Hotel Show Africa Hospitality Investment Trade show we are grateful to honour you and acknowledge your continued works throughout African tourism and hospitality industry”, said Mr. Kumneger Teketel WG, Managing Director of Ozzie Business & Hospitality GP – the show organizer.
In his response to the award, Mr. Ikechi Uko acknowledged the sustained efforts of African working hard to uplift tourism on the continent.
“I dedicate the award to Africa and all Africans promoting Travels within Africa”, Mr. Uko said.
Mr. Rick Taylor of the Business Tourism Company also received the award and recognition as the MICE Africa’s African Meetings/MICE Industry Personality of the Year 2016.
Ikechi Uko is also the Publisher of ATQNews.com and Travellers magazine, first Travel magazine in West Africa. He is also the convener of Port Harcourt Bantaba which is aimed at stimulating tourism and hospitality in his country Nigeria and Accra Weizo, which holds in Ghana, aimed at promoting seamless travels in West Africa.