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Tuesday, February 27

12:00pm WAT

Connecting The Dots: Hospitality, Social Media & The Customer Experience
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Social media has changed the rules of engagement. We now have online travel agencies, hotel booking companies, and several players that never used to be a part of the mix. This session will explore the new players, the new rules and disruption, as it pertains to social media, customer experience, and businesses.

Connecting The Dots: Hospitality, Social Media & The Customer Experience is a meeting point for customers, hotel management and key stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sector. Panelist will reflect on the changes, the challenges, the gains, and everything in between. Customers will learn how to benefit  from new opportunities while businesses will gain insight on how to better deliver key messages to get better business results and better serve their customers.

avatar for Kayode Abass

Kayode Abass

VP, Growth Engineering, StackFX
Kayode Abass is a Digital business development, social media expert and marketing trainer. He helps managers and business owners improve sales and profits through online marketing and business development. As VP, Growth Engineering at StackFX, he oversees Channel & Business Development... Read More →
avatar for Omolara Adagunodo

Omolara Adagunodo

Managing Director, JUMIA TRAVEL
Travel. Tourism. Hospitality. Business Management. Customer Service
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Iyadunni Gbadebo

Sales Manager, EKO HOTELS & SUITES
A lady that loves to impact lives.
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Wonuola Lamidi

Wonuola Olatunde-Lamidi @wonulamidi is a curator of memorable experiences who followed her passion to form Diamonds and Pearls Travels with her husband David Lamidi in October 2010. As A Travel Expert, She goes out of her way to provide bespoke Tour packages for individuals, couples... Read More →
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Obianuju Onyia

Training / Career Development Coordinator, WOMEN IN HOSPITALITY NIGERIA
I am a HR Consultant, Content Writer and a Business Woman.A very dedicated and reliable individual known to meet deadlines, I have the strength of character to manage others, and I pay attention to relevant details. A self-starter, flexible, creative, well-motivated to learn new things... Read More →
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Anthony Shishler

As a hands-on Managing Directior and the CEO of A Simple Management Solution ( a hospitality and logistics company), Mr. Anthony has been able to adapt to a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities. Flexibility and the ability to travel on short notice has been his key. Possessing... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

1:00pm WAT

Sustainable Tourism: A Tool For Community Development
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Tourism is one of Nigeria's ‘biggest gold mines’ and ‘over-flowing oil wells’ that can never run dry. There is a poor conservation culture of our tourism resources but we can preserve and harness our tourism resources to help boost both domestic and international travel in Nigeria. 

What is Sustainable Tourism? It is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, economy and society. To promote the preservation of our cultural heritage, historical sites and natural resources, there is a need for both locals and visitors to under the need and benefits of practicing Sustainable Tourism in Nigeria.

Sustainable Tourism: A Tool For Community Development is a panel that seeks to educate travelers on how to be “Responsible Travelers” by using tourism activities as a tool for developing the economy, society and environment. Panelist will share stories about using social media to make an impact in their communities through tourism.

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David Atabo

I am David Atabo, a Nigerian but what even makes me more awesome is that I am an igala man. A tech guy by degree but a sustainable tourism evangelist by passion- I personally believe that tourism should be used as a force for good.Passionate about everything Africa - with comemakewego.org... Read More →
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Nnenna Fakoya-Smith

Tourism Enthusiast, NENE-UWA HUB LTD
Nnennaya Fakoya-Smith aka Ajala Nene of Nene-Uwa is a Tourism Enthusiast: Tourism Booster/Promoter, Tour Broker & Travel Blogger. She is also a Deltiologist (Postcard Lover), A Philatelist (Stamp Collector), A Numismatist (Coins and Banknote Collector) and an Afrocentric Enthusiast.Nene-Uwa... Read More →
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Sikemi Ifederu

Sikemi Ifederu is the Founder and CEO of TAMBOLLO. She is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from Aston University, Birmingham. TAMBOLLO was founded with the aim of inspiring Young Africans to travel more, leave their comfort zone and immerse themselves in new cultures... Read More →
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Ugochi Oluigbo

News Anchor, VR/Environmental Journalist, TVC News
Ugochi Oluigbo, graduate of Imo State University, Owerri, stated her career as a radio presenter with Imo Broadcasting Corporation then moved on to Aso Radio and TV, Abuja as news anchor and presenter.She has won several journalism fellowships and awards including the Climate Change... Read More →
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'Funmi Oyatogun

Lead Experience Designer, TVP Adventures
TVP Adventures is a company focused on designing creative and meaningful travel experiences within Nigeria and Africa. Our mission is to break through African borders and facilitate group, corporate and educational travel experiences that are 'off the beaten path'. From cultural and... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm WAT

4:30pm WAT

Help! Can Nigeria Meet My Travel Needs?
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New technological languages are broadening the opportunities for travel by connecting hosts with guests, providing virtual experiences, stirring up photography challenges, increasing patronage and tourism job opportunities and encouraging investment in travel and tourism. 

Help! Can Nigeria Meet My Travel Needs? explores the range of opportunities available in the Nigerian tourism space - tours, hospitality, photography, art and lots more. Participants will be free to interact with each other and build stronger networks along the theme of this year's Social Media Week, Lagos. We will assemble a host of experienced tour operators, travel bloggers and tourism experts to share ideas on how their different niche areas can meet travel needs within Nigeria. The goal is to help Nigerians uncover a new Nigeria and enhance the potential for a rejuvenated tourism industry in Nigeria. This meetup will expose opportunities to build stronger tourism networks while working CLOSER together.

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Omolara Adagunodo

Managing Director, JUMIA TRAVEL
Travel. Tourism. Hospitality. Business Management. Customer Service
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Dikko Nwachukwu

I'm super excited to lead a group of inspired people who share a common vision to make air travel extremely affordable, for the many and not the few, throughout Nigeria and West Africa later this year. Technology has been the difference and we truly look forward to changing lives... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm WAT
Floor 2

5:30pm WAT

The Individual African Traveler As A Value Creator In The Community
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“We travel because distance & difference are the secret tonic of creativity; when we get home, home is still the same but something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything.” - John Lehrer

In recent years, there has been intense focus on Africa as the new tourist hub. Through social media the world is able to see Africa’s rich heritage & beautiful landscape. However, the conversations omit one key group in the value chain, the African Traveler. Misconceptions have been perpetuated about the African traveler primarily due to the negative portrayal of Africans in the media. Misconceptions include overstaying, illegal immigration, among others - which have typically lead to tighter border controls and increased visa restrictions for Africans.

Can travel be a tool to change the socio-economic landscape of Africa?  Africans travelers have the potential to add significant value to the global economy and can help broker a shift in conversations on travel barriers. This panel will explore how exposing our citizens to other cultures via immersive travel can foster individual & economic development while encouraging Africans to become real-life ambassadors of our heritage.

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Kazeem Abayomi

Yomi Kazeem is a reporter at Quartz, covering Africa-specific stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups and culture.
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Philip Akesson

Country Manager, TRAVELSTART
Country Manager, Travelstart Nigeria
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Monisola Baruwa

CountlessMiles is a technology enabled travel startup whose aim is to transform the typical African’s perception of travel from shopping trips to immersive life-changing experiences and to ultimately change the world's negative perceptions of Africans. We are travel-loving, risk-seeking... Read More →
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Zainob Fashola

Content creator, ZeeGoes
Zainob Fashola is the content creator behind ZeeGoes, a travel platform that showcases travel adventures around the world from her perspective. Follow some of my travel stories on www.youtube.com/zeegoes.
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Rosemary Okoli

Rosemary Okoli, popularly known as Rory, is an avid traveler whose journeys have led her to 15 countries and over 50 cities. She is the founder of TripZapp, a travel consulting and curating company which promotes travel as a lifestyle and provides all-inclusive curated trips and experiences... Read More →
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Kemi Onabanjo

I am a Management consultant by day and a world travel enthusiast and blogger by night. While travelling all over the world on my Nigerian passport, I exceeded my goal of visiting 30 countries by 30 (currently on my 35th country) and I plan to conquer more ground. I share my adventures... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm WAT

6:00pm WAT

Driving Travel Decisions And Building Symbiotic Communities
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The power of SoMo - Social Media and Mobile Technology- in driving travel decisions is an evolving conversation that digs deep at the heart of stakeholders in Nigeria's travel and tourism industry. In today's world, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the key to growth is in building communities; and this can be accelerated by engaging the symbiotic relationship between social and mobile. Indeed, a strategic convergence between these two bed fellows is instrumental in creating and curating unique experiences for enthusiasts, patrons and investors.

So what really does this mean for travel business owners? How can tour operators and travel agents plug into this reality to scale their businesses to the next level? What is in it for investors looking to explore blue ocean opportunities in this sector? What are the existing tech tools that can be deployed by travel and tourism businesses to drive growth? What are the gaps in travel tech development and how can they be filled? How can functional communities be built and engaged for social impact and business profitability?

These and many more are the issues to be discussed by the panelists in this session. The overall aim is to explore the exponential impact of travel technology on social media engagement and how it can be profitably deployed to build new communities and encourage collaboration.

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Sam Adeleke

Chapter Leader, Travel Massive Lagos
The Lagos Chapter of Travel Massive brings together everybody that works in the travel industry - tour operators, travel agencies, state tourism boards, online travel companies, hotels, airlines and travel aficionados. Our events and activities are aimed at promoting ideation, tech... Read More →
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Bukky Akomolafe

Commercial Manager, Travelstart
Bukky Akomolafe is the Commercial Manager at Travelstart, Africa’s largest online travel agency. With offices more than four offices in Africa and the Middle East, Bukky is in charge of Travelstart Nigeria’s local brand strategy, offline marketing and selecting mutually beneficial... Read More →
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Michael Balogun

My name is Michael Balogun. A Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship selectee for 2016, CEO and Co founder of Xtrm Tours 2 Nigeria Limited. Also a senior Contributor on Tripadvisor with 46,000 Readers on my account. Il love the outdoor and traveling in general and i guess that was why it was... Read More →
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Ayeni Ekundayo

CIO, Businessplus services
Ayeni Ekundayo is an alumnus of the Harvard University, Executive Program. With his hard work, he finally got into Harvard University where he took training in Digital marketing.Ekundayo has worked with numerous brands across the world as a digital marketing consultant to deliver... Read More →
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Temitayo Ige

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Yejide Runsewe

Experience Curator, Naija Nomads
Naija Nomad's curate and create unique experiences for the green passport holder. So imagine an online platform where you get all the tips and tricks of traveling with a green passport, get inspiration from or inspiring fellow green passport travelers, sign up for their uniquely curated... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm WAT
Experience Stage
Thursday, March 1

2:30pm WAT

Postcrossing: Cultural Exchange Through Postcards
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Social media has given us the ability to learn about other cultures through the eyes of locals without ever actually having to leave home. 

Postcrossing.com is a global website where participants are invited to send and receive postcards with people around the world whom they have never met. The only thing that brings them together is their love for exchanging postcards. This event will demonstrate how Postcrossing.com is bringing people closer, redefining communication and encouraging people to send handwritten messages in a digital era.

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Pelu Awofeso

Travel Journalist, Travel Next Door
I am a travel journalist, culture reporter and city guide. Sometime in 2009 I launched a solo travel project tagged “The Beautiful Underbelly Tour”, during which I crisscrossed 18 states in Nigeria’s six geographical regions. Stories and photographs I generated from that 10-month... Read More →
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Nnenna Fakoya-Smith

Tourism Enthusiast, NENE-UWA HUB LTD
Nnennaya Fakoya-Smith aka Ajala Nene of Nene-Uwa is a Tourism Enthusiast: Tourism Booster/Promoter, Tour Broker & Travel Blogger. She is also a Deltiologist (Postcard Lover), A Philatelist (Stamp Collector), A Numismatist (Coins and Banknote Collector) and an Afrocentric Enthusiast.Nene-Uwa... Read More →
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Raphael James

Director General, Center For Research, Information Management & Media Development
Dr. Raphael James is the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 35, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have featured some VIP's in Africa and beyond, including former Military President... Read More →
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Chuck Nwachukwu

Head Business Development, Culture Shock Africa
Chuck and the Lagos LaidBac team have been able to build a business around creating societal value for the city of Lagos.In collaboration with his Partners, they have bridged an existing gap in the education of domestic tourists and business travelers as well as helped proliferation... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm WAT