Business Traveller Africa hosts 2nd West Africa confab in Lagos

Posted: July 18, 2012 in travel & tourism

Future Group, publishers of Business Traveller Africa magazine, and their Nigerian partners, TopComm have concluded plans to host their second annual West Africa Business Travel Conference and Expo, in association with headline sponsor, Delta Air Lines and associate sponsors, MasterCard, W Hospitality Group and GHI Assets.

The one-day conference and expo, which takes place at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos, Monday July 23, is expected to feature delegates discussing pertinent African business travel issues, in and around a series of engaging panel discussions, involving some of South Africa and Nigeria’s top business travel industry speakers.

The theme of this year’s event is “Strengthening Business Travel in West Africa” and the day will feature four main discussion topics: Airlines – The challenges that airlines face – the impact of the rising fuel price, poor track record, safety issues and relationships with travel buyers. What impact does this have on the business travel industry?; Banks/Financial Services – A look at what the current trends in travel financial services are, and their effect on West African business travel and trade. What are the talking points, both from a bank/travel finance group point of view, and from the perspective of the TMC?;

Other topics expected to dominate discourse include: Hotels – Raising the bar for service excellence in the West African hospitality industry, and why this is an important element in securing business travel business. Also, a look at the trends and where the activity is in West Africa, with regards new properties and options for the business traveller, along with an examination of West Africa as a viable option for meetings and conferences; TMC’s – What the issues are facing travel management companies and their relationships with airlines, hotels and car rental agencies. How do TMCs survive, where are the hotspots, and how do they secure the best deals for business travellers in and out of West Africa? Also, a look at African visa regulations and their impact on business travel between countries.

“It’s the ideal event for executives and decision makers across the business travel spectrum, including hospitality, airline, automotive, forex, travel management companies, banks, travel finance services, government agencies, insurance, travel tour agencies and corporate business travellers. It also promises to be an interesting day, debating the most pressing business travel issues and those that inform the industry itself,” said the event’s organizers.

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