Last Tuesday, 18th of February, 2014, numerous travel and tourism enthusiasts gathered at Four Point Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, to discuss with top Nigeria-based travel bloggers on how to promote tourism in Nigeria through story-telling, as well as to assess the impact social and digital media is having on the domestic travel, tourism and hospitality industry in Nigeria.
The panelists included Pelu Awofeso (Travel Journalist, Homestead publishing), Folarin Kolawole (Travel Blogger and Founder of Naijatreks.com), Tannaz Bahnam (Founder/Managing Director of Lost In Lagos), Ify Acholonu (Founder of Save our Treasures Heritage Foundation), Lape Soetan (Travel Blogger at www.lapesoetan.com), Adaobi Okonkwo (Graphic Designer/Illustrator and Blogger at www.dobbyssignature.com) and Lara Aromire (Travel Blogger at www.labyrinthsoflahrah.blogspot.com).
The speakers engaged their audience with interesting and striking photos from their trips around Nigeria and spoke on the awe they felt at each of the locations. The question and answer session featured another period of engaging discussion between the audience and the panelists during which the public raised important suggestions on ways in which African travel bloggers can promote the effectiveness of their story telling. Some of the suggestions include involvement of locals at remote areas of the country and strategic collaboration between Nigerian travel bloggers on projects.
Everyone left the meeting with a rekindled passion for domestic tourism irrespective of the apparent infrastructural challenges the Nigerian tourism industry is confronted with. To watch the full video clip of the event, see below (after the photos):
– Lape Soetan speaking about her travels across Nigeria (www.lapesoetan.com).
– Lara Aromire (www.labyrinthsoflahrah.blogspot.com) speaking
about her travel experiences across Nigeria and India.
– Adaobi Okonkwo (www.dobbyssignature.com) talking about her journey through
Nigeria documenting the various foods and amazing recipes the country has to offer.
– Lape Soetan showcasing beautiful photos from her travel experiences across Nigeria.
– Folarin Kolawole (www.naijatreks.com) narrating the birth and evolution of Naijatreks.
– Folarin Kolawole (www.naijatreks.com) speaking on his experience
while exploring the volcanoes of Jos Plateau.
See full clip of the event below:
This article was written by Folarin Kolawole
Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials. 'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.