ABTA holds Travel Management Forum in Lagos



The ABTA Travel Management Forum held in Lagos on the 10th of March 2017 with the theme “Nigerian Corporate Travel: Global Perception versus Local Reality”. It was a 2-day event that attracted top brass of travel management companies and hotels.


Convened at Protea Hotel Ikeja, it was an opportunity for stakeholders in the African aviation industry to discuss its challenges and the way forward.

Monique Swart, Founder of ABTA

Founded by Monique Swart, ABTA Travel Forum was an interactive networking session focused on finding ways to move corporate travel forward.

A discussion point raised during the forum

One of the issues raised at the event was the problems of the Nigerian hotel sector and its impact on the corporate travel industry. The travel forum created a platform for region-specific Travel Management education, information flow, collaboration and innovation with the aim to hasten Africa’s emergence as a global player in the Business Travel industry.
Speakers at the event were the regional head of ABTA Jeanette Moloto, Country Manager South African Airways Ohis Ehiamaghe, President of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) Bankole Bernard. Other speakers who shared their expertise at the forum were Ms. Lola Adefope General Manager HRG, Market Manager Sun International Didier Bayeye, General Manager Protea Hotel Tim Webster.

Regional Head ABTA, Jeanette Moloto


Country Manager South African Airways, Ohis Ehiamaghe and his staff


Guest speaker, President of NANTA, Bankole Bernard


General Manager of HRG Corporate Travel Services, Lola Adefope


General Manager Protea Hotel Victoria Island, Tim Webster


Market Manager (West Africa and Indian oceans) Sun International, Didier Bayeye


Top left: CEO Aviators Africa, Toni Ukachukwu and General Manager Protea Hotel V.I, Tim Webster
Bottom left: General Manager HRG, Ms. Lola Adefope and Tim Webster
Bottom right: NANTA President, Bankole Bernard with Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Manager, South Africa Travels


Cross section of guests

The second day of the ABTA Travel Forum was a familiarization trip and hotel tour of four top-notch hotels in Nigeria: Federal Palace Hotel, Renaissance  Hotel, Wheatbaker Hotel and Protea Hotel Victoria Island.

General Manager of Federal Palace Hotel, David Kliegl giving the ABTA team a tour


(Left) General Manager Renaissance Hotel Ikeja Rudi Janse Van Rensburg telling us about the hotel’s facilities


Breakfast at Wheatbaker Hotel


Lunch at Protea Hotel


Last stop on the hotel tour, Renaissance Hotel




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