Kids Too’ll Have Fun as Eko Hotel Organises Tropical Christmas Wonderland 2019

Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos has unveiled its Christmas schedule for December 2019. The hotel will deliver the first edition of a Tropical Wonderland Christmas Event for families. 
The hotel situated in the upper crust Victoria Island is preparing to serve up unique dining offerings for Christmas Eve and Day with a Tropical Wonderland experience never been seen in Nigeria.
The management of the hotel said this was in its bid to continually excite and offer families unique experiences. “The last four years got us organising small scale Christmas holidays, but this year, for the first time, your family will relive the true essence of Christmas as was narrated to you as a child.”
Tagged “Eko Hotels Tropical Christmas Wonderland (TCW),” the fun kicks off on the 1st of December with a “light up” ceremony, and continues with three awesome packages in one magical venue designed to mirror a place right out of your imagination. The entire hotel premises will be lit up this festive season and you can enjoy the amazing sparkling holiday décor over fine wine and dining options. 
The Eko Hotel team wants you to experience the luxury first-hand. “So if you are looking for a truly special place, then come on into Eko Hotel and experience our unique lodging experience and outstanding one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings.”
The Director of Sales, Eko Hotels, Mrs. Iyadunni Gbadedo, is urging her esteemed clients to avail themselves of the great opportunity and plan a visit to the hotel with their families this Christmas 2019. 

“Our 4 hotels including Eko Signature, Eko Suites, Eko Hotel and Eko Gardens will offer families three or five day all-inclusive packages to a place where even mommies and daddies read about in story books when they were young,” she said. Adding: “Christmas feels like such a long time from now, but it really isn’t if you would consider giving the perfect gift of a fantastic holiday to your family, especially the kids.” 
According to her, “You would only be selfish to have the kids miss this opportunity! Start saving, start paying small small and secure a holiday that would make your expensive summer in a combination of Paris, London and Dubai feel like nothing, because this is all that and more wrapped in one gift box…Live in Lagos!” 
The Director urges patrons to make their booking now “as rooms are fast filling up”. The program promises lots of enriching surprises especially for the kids to enjoy the lights, magic, spectacle and tropical fun with Santa and his crew.”

Eko Hotel has undergone renovation and expansion that ensures it not only retains its No. 1 position in Nigeria, but also becomes one of the best in Africa.
The highbrow hotel boasts prime location overlooking the ocean. It has well over 600 rooms and suites, including upscale Signature, 11 restaurants, an out-door pool, fun gym, high speed WIFI, spa for that that special touch among other amenities. 
“I wish I could tell you there will be many magical places to spend Christmas with your family, but there is only one. Eko Hotels Tropical Christmas Wonderland!” said Gbadedo.

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West Africa Automotive Parts Exhibition Comes to Lagos

 By Justina Okpanku

 No fewer than 100 exhibitors in Nigeria and beyond are expected to storm Lagos  to be part of the  West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS), a new international trade exhibition, which is determined to bring the region’s automotive parts industry together under one roof in November.

 The exhibitors will open for business, network and forge new business ties as well as show off the latest developments and products in the spare parts and services sector. Suppliers, dealers and manufacturers will also be able to discuss best practice for the industry and find out more about the developing local motor manufacturing industry.

 In the same vein, more than 3,000 visitors are expected to attend WAAS which opens its doors from November 6 to 8 2019 at the Landmark Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos.

 Nigerian businesses are well represented, accounting for about 30 per cent of exhibitors. There will be national pavilions for Morocco and China, smaller groupings from Thailand, Egypt, Tunisia and India, and a dozen more countries will also be represented.

 WAAS is organised by BtoB Events, which has had two successful show launches in Lagos over the past year, Beauty West Africa and Food and Beverage West Africa.

 BtoB Events’ Managing Director Jamie Hill is now looking forward to seeing the regional automotive sector come together under one roof as he launches WAAS.

 “We have a wealth of international exhibitors looking to bring high-tech equipment to Nigeria for the first time and a large number of local exhibitors are looking to expand their business and increase exports to surrounding countries,” he said.

 Having the largest population on the continent creates a huge market opportunity in Nigeria. BtoB has selected Lagos to launch the show as it recognises Nigeria is well placed to become the automotive hub of the African continent with over 11.5 million vehicles on the roads.

 “With over 60% of vehicles on the road being over 12 years old, there is a huge aftermarket industry. The need for high quality and affordable spare parts is becoming increasingly important,” said Mr Hill.

 “There is also a real hunger to boost the local assembly of vehicles across the country with the 2013 National Automotive Industry Development plan (NAIDP). With more assembly plants being set up, this again significantly increases the demand for spare parts. We are committed to supporting Nigeria reach its forecast of having 70% of new cars sold being assembled or manufactured domestically by 2050”.

 WAAS has the official endorsement of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and the show’s founding partner is ASPMDA (Auto Spare Part and Machinery Distributors Association).

 Hill continued: “ASPMDA represents the largest spare part market across Africa and acts as the re-export hub for sub-Saharan Africa. No other country on the continent can boast a trade hub such as ASPMDA with over 20,000 member businesses, so Nigeria immediately positions itself as the most important for foreign exporters.”

 Secretary of the Foreign Trade and Investment Committee at ASPMDA, Leonard Okoye, explained the association “is supporting WAAS as an inroad to meet other manufacturers in the competitive market of automobile industry. The advice for stakeholders in the auto industry is that they should continue to attend all exhibitions because learning is a continuous process.”

To support Nigerian companies at the exhibition, the WAAS organisers are drawing up a small conference seminar to throw the spotlight on local businesses. “It is great to give the local companies a platform to grow their market share, increase exports and highlight that the Nigerian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are not out of place amongst the global companies,” said Hill.

 “At the same time, local entrepreneurs will be able to meet with their overseas counterparts and see what the global aftermarket industry has to offer with a range of products from across four continents.”

 While the exhibition is fast approaching capacity, BtoB Events is still inviting applications from exhibitors and potential sponsors, who can find out more on the WAAS website at https://westafricaautomotive.com/ or by contacting Ken Baber onken.baber@btob-events.com.

 Meanwhile, anyone connected with the automotive spare parts and services industry – be it importers, distributors, manufacturers, assemblers, commercial garages, retailers, mechanics, fleet operators, logistics companies – can attend the show free of charge.

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Pilgrims Urge Airlines, NCPC to Raise the Bar on Services

By Justina Okpanku

When the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) gave  approval to two airlines, Atlasjet Nigeria and Airfirst Nigeria, to lift Nigerian pilgrims to the Holy Land  in 2015,  Chairman of the NCPC, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh tasked the airlines, Atlasjet, Turkey regional carrier and Airfirst Nigeria, to ensure that they provide  air worthy aircrafts for the operations.  The air charter agreement with the airlines would fly the pilgrims to the State of Israel, Rome and Greece.

Okoh also urged the carriers to maintain high standards in other areas, including  offering maximum comfort and  in-flight entertainment as well as  showing respect to Nigerians so they would come back to talk good about their experience.

However, some pilgrims have frowned on alleged “poor standards and best practices,” calling on the airlines to actually raise the bar to ensure that they enjoy the airlines’ services.

A business woman, Mrs. Frances Okebuka advised the NCPC to call on the airline that airlifts Nigerian pilgrims on Lagos-Turkey-Tel Aviv route to provide in-flight entertainment, pointing out that “some of the little little things like films and newspapers make sense to the traveller.

Okebuka said   “I was bored on the Atlas Jet flight from Lagos to Turkey. The seven-hour flight in the Business Class was like a whole day to me. The NCPC should ask the airline to do the right thing and provide in-flight entertainment and newspapers written in English Language.” 

Mr. Solo Olaolu of Olaolu Associates, also a pilgrim from Lagos, said he managed to find solace in sleep during the flight.  But on arrival to the Holy Land, he could not reclaim his baggage.  Travellers are easily overwhelmed when they lose their luggage on transit.

 “I was seeking exceptional religious experiences. On arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv that fateful day in December 2014, my baggage did not come. That could dampen ones spirit. The travel originated form Lagos en route Turkey,” he said. Adding: “With so much promises from the NCPC and Atlas Jet, still I did not get my bag with personal effects worth several thousands of naira.” 

The architect regretted that the unnecessary sufferings would have been avoided , if there is a direct to Israel from Nigeria.

Executive Secretary of the NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara, had expressed optimism that the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed with the State of Israel in 2013 would be activated before the commencement of 2015 pilgrimage operation. “This year (2015) we are trusting God that before the commencement of this year’s operation, the activation of BASA would be achieved,” he said.

Despite inability to get a direct flight to the Holy Land, Christian pilgrims to the State of Israel from Nigeria can get some great benefits among other things,moral transformation and spiritual rebirth, according to Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara. He said the Commission is currently partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel to train Nigerian pilgrims in agriculture, latest trends and innovations in the agriculture technology.

Opara informed Chairman, House Committee on Governmental Affairs, Hon. Suleiman Kangiwa, during their oversight function to the NCPC Corporate Headquarters, Abuja, on the track records of the Commission since its inception, their 8th year in this operation, For example, over 30,000 Nigerians were said to have went on pilgrimage in 2015.

The NCPC runs four pilgrimage programmes in a calendar year, including the Easter pilgrimage in March, Youth pilgrimage in July, Family pilgrimage in August and the main pilgrimage usually held between October/December every year.

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