Akwaaba African Travel Market

Akwaaba African Travel Market (AFTM) is an international travel, tourism and hospitality event organized annually in Lagos, Nigeria[1] aimed at businesses, investors, governments decision - makers and buyers in the industry, providing business opportunities, industry news and showcasing products in Africa and around the world.[2] It serves as a platform to trade and network. Akwaaba African Travel Market is the first travel market in West Africa.[3][4]

Akwaaba African Travel Market
Where Africa meets the world
GenreExhibitions, conference, workshops and awards.
Location(s)Lagos, Nigeria
Years active2005- present
ParticipantsAfrican countries, airlines, hotels, resorts, tourism boards, national parks, transport companies, destination marketers, travel and tour operators
Organized byAkwaaba Travel Market Limited

The first Akwaaba African Travel Market (AFTM) was held in Lagos in 2005.[5]

In 2005, from the participation of two countries, Ghana and Sao Tome, coming to Nigeria for the event in the debut year in 2005,[6] the event has grown over the years with increasing number of active exhibitors within and outside Africa, with over 20 participating countries, about 10,000[7]attendance and having partnerships with Africa countries tourism boards,[8] World Tourism Organization UNWTO, Africa Travel Association (ATA), Kwanza Trade Marketing of Dubai, African Business Travel Association (ABTA), International Tourism Trade Fair Association (ITTFA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). [9][10]

As quoted by Akwaaba African Travel Market organizer, Ikechi Uko: "The fair has opened the door to Nigeria and Africa tourism markets and served as a platform for exchange of cultural and tourism potentials among participating countries".[11][12]