MD, Avantgarde Tours Ltd
14 years industry experience.
In a few words tell us about yourself
Efetobo Awhana is a Tour Consultant and Travel Columnist with over 14 years’ experience in the tourism industry. With a career spanning the travel media, agencies, airline as well as travel consultancy, he has prepared, and advised on, travel plans & itineraries for individuals, state governments, schools, and corporate organizations.
He has also served as Lead Facilitator for Tour Management Training for travel agencies and agency staff. He has a B.Sc Degree in Geography and Planning and also holds a Consultant Diploma in International Travel and Tourism issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He specializes in Honeymoon & Anniversary Tours but his everyday routine includes developing detailed itineraries for tailor-made singles trips, school tours, group and corporate tours; as well as training staff and developing tour portfolios for tour companies in Lagos.
He is the MD of Avantgarde Tours Limited, a travel management company specializing in tours to Africa and the Indian Ocean. He also serves as CEO of Nigeria Travel Week, a project involving a series of events to promote domestic tourism in Nigeria. He is a member of the Technical Committee on Domestic Tourism of Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) as well the Ethics & Disciplinary Committee of Lagos Branch of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA). He is married with two kids.
What inspired your interest in the hospitality and tourism industry?
The beauty of Nigeria and a desire to help others enjoy memorable holidays.
What’s your vision for the hospitality & tourism industry?
I look forward to the African continent enjoying her fair share of the tourism earnings, especially from African source markets.
In what ways has your company contributed to the growth of the hospitality industry and it’s stakeholders?
We launched a tour warehouse for domestic and inbound tours called www.naijaholidays.com and published the most comprehensive tour brochure to date in Nigeria for domestic and inbound tours to Nigeria and West Africa. We also organised a successful first edition of Nigeria Travel Week in 2017.
What are your major challenges in your business?
Access to funds and a limited pool of professionals to collaborate with in Nigeria.
What are your thoughts on the state of the hospitality & tourism industry in Nigeria?
Still yet to take off as our vast tourism potentials are yet untapped. Majority of the associations and parastatals are being managed by non-professionals and those who do not genuinely have a passion for domestic and inbound tourism.
How do you intend to join in the campaign of changing the game and perception of the hospitality & tourism industry in Nigeria?
As CEO of Nigeria Travel Week we are working with various industry associations and players to change the narrative and project the true tourism potentials of Nigeria.
Words of wisdom for intending and current industry stakeholders.
Sow with your passion today so that you may reap with satisfaction tomorrow