BT Africa West Africa conference confirms panellists for Lagos expo

Posted: March 20, 2013 in travel & tourism
(Left-Right): Richard Lendrum, Publisher, BT Africa, magazine, Tope Ogbeni-Awe, Associate Publisher, BT Africa magazine and Bobby Bryan, Commercial Manager, Delta Air Lines at last year's edition of the one-day Business Travel Africa (BTA) conference which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos

(Left-Right): Richard Lendrum, Publisher, BT Africa, magazine, Tope Ogbeni-Awe, Associate Publisher, BT Africa magazine and Bobby Bryan, Commercial Manager, Delta Air Lines at last year’s edition of the one-day Business Travel Africa (BTA) conference which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos

The Future Group and Tradeblazers Limited, in partnership with the global electronic payments company, Visa, have announced a number of high profile panellists for the third BT Africa West Africa Expo and Conference, fixed for the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino in Lagos, March 21.

The event is in association with Future Group’s Business Traveller Africa magazine and will consist of a full-day conference at the Federal Palace, together with an exhibition element for both buyers and sellers of West African business travel, along with associated products.

A breakdown of the day’s activities will see four panel discussions on the agenda, featuring a number of industry experts.

The day gets under way with a look at the role that financial services play in effective business travel, specific to West Africa and its current trends, and will see the following delegates debating the issues: Ade Ashaye – Country Manager for Visa in West Africa; Laura Suwa – Manager of Passenger & Cargo Services for the International Air Transport Association in South West Africa; Henry Obike – Head of E-Product Sales at United Bank for Africa; and Michael Otubu – MD of BCD Travel Nigeria.

“Visa’s vision is the best way to be paid for everyone, everywhere,” said Ashaye adding: “As Nigeria moves towards a cashless economy we are looking to share the benefits of electronic payments with the travel industry. We look forward to a number of interesting and lively panel discussions during the conference that affect the industry.”

The financial services panel discussion will be followed by a look at the West African aviation industry, with the theme, ‘Rising fuel costs, safety, airlines closing and re-launching? Can West African aviation achieve stability in the short and long-term?’ Taking part in this discussion will be: Stephen Paddy – Sales & Marketing Director of ExecuJet Africa; Kola Olayinka – Nigeria Country Manager for British Airways; and Hafeez Balogun – Nigeria Country Manager for RwandAir.

The following hospitality panel discussion will look at: ‘Years of projected growth lie ahead, but is the Nigerian hospitality industry maximising its potential?’ Making themselves available for this discussion are: Trevor Ward – MD of W Hospitality Group; Mark Loxley – GM of Southern Sun Ikoyi; David Kliegl – GM of Federal Palace Hotel & Casino; and Didier Coeln – GM of InterContinental Lagos.

The day will be rounded off by a travel management discussion, looking at: ‘Travel management practitioners are feeling the pinch from the shift towards a supplier’s market. How do West African TMCs remain relevant and profitable?’ The panellists for this discussion are: Lola Adefope – Head of Brand, Marketing & Quality Management at HRG Nigeria; Themba Mthombeni – CEO of Duma Travel; Kemi Soetan – MD of Skyways Travels; and Debbie Ubaru – Senior Consultant at Sigma Travels Solutions.

“We are fortunate and privileged to have secured panellists of this calibre,” said Dylan Rogers, Editor of Business Traveller Africa magazine. “The number of industry experts who have made themselves available for this day says volumes for the esteem in which our event in Lagos is held, and we look forward to some robust discussion about some of the most pressing issues in West African business travel.”

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