Toni Ukachukwu.

Toni Ukachukwu
Afri Explorer ( CEO)
12 years industry experience

 

 

 

In a few words tell us about yourself.

I am the last of a family of six from Oguta in Imo State. I hold a B.sc in Mathematics from Lagos State University. My background is in Aviation where I worked with an international airline. Traveling the world and sleeping in hotels whilst being exposed to diverse cultures and interacting with locals in different countries inspired my love for hospitality and tourism.

What inspired your interest in the hospitality and tourism industry?

My background is in Aviation where I worked with an international airline. Traveling the world and sleeping in hotels whilst being exposed to diverse cultures and interacting with locals in different countries inspired my love for hospitality and tourism.

What’s your vision for the hospitality & tourism industry?

My vision for hospitality and tourism is to see an Africa without borders. Where all the barriers that make us interact and understand our diverse cultures are broken. An Africa that encourages Africans to travel Africa freely thereby promoting inter Africa travel and hospitality, free trade, consume our tourism and hospitality offerings thereby boosting Africa’s GDP, Making self-reliant and sustainable.

In what ways has your company contributed to the growth of the hospitality industry and its stakeholders?

As a stakeholder in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors, I have often used my platform in media to preach the need for synergy using a tripartite approach to move their sectors forward as one cannot survive without the other. By creating awareness, informing and educating people on making an informed decision on tourism and hospitality offerings.

What are your major challenges in your business?

Governments inability to provide a favorable environment for tourism and hospitality sectors to thrive.

What are your thoughts on the state of the hospitality & tourism industry in Nigeria? 

Nigeria is yet to get its acts together to tap into the enormous potentials that hospitality and tourism provides.

How do you intend to join in the campaign of changing the game and perception of the hospitality & tourism industry in Nigeria?

I was a co-convener at Nigeria travel week 2017, which was geared to promote domestic tourism and hospitality in Nigeria. A campaign to get Nigerians to travel Nigeria more and promote Nigeria to hosted delegates to sell to their source markets.

Words of wisdom for intending and current industry stakeholders. 

Charity begins at home. Let us sell our tourism and hospitality products and services at home before looking out.

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