President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Susan Akporiaye
South African gastronomy took center stage as Best Intra – Africa Tourism Agency for its contributions towards encouraging, supporting, and improving travel relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, at the NANTA Eminent Awards ceremony, which took place at the International Convention Centre, Abuja.
The Trade Relations Manager, Mohammed Tanko, and Marketing & Communications Manager of South African Tourism (SAT) Atinuke Jose received the award.
Guests were treated to South African gastronomic delights of fine cuisines and choice wines. The guests were entertained with tasty bobotie, a traditional meatloaf and one of the most delicious recipes out of the Cape, a fantastic mix of flavours, fruity and spiced minced meat dish covered with creamy egg custard and melktert, which is a milk tart washed down with exotic South African wines.
Key stakeholders of the travel industry attended the event alongside eminent personalities as His Excellency, Governor of Kano; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Emir of Kano; Aminu Ado Bayero, among others.
Presenting the award, NANTA President, Susan Akporiaye, in her speech, lauded SAT West Africa for its partnership and support in promoting mutual relationships between Nigeria and South Africa. She said: “Due to this relationship, a lot of South Africans have visited Nigeria and Nigerians now see South Africa as a second home”.
SAT West Africa, Regional Hub Head, Thekiso Rakolojane, also said South Africa is ready to receive travelers from Nigeria, adding that Team South Africa is committed to opening up conversation around various travels to South Africa in partnership with the travel trade to ensure transparency and better service delivery.