One of the leading travel agencies in Nigeria, Absolute Success Travels and Tours, the operator of U FitFly brand has celebrated it’s 14th year anniversary in a carnival-like event where cars (Siena and Toyota Camry) and other valuable items was given out to clients.
The well attended thanksgiving event also witnessed lots of clients all over the country went home with different kinds of consolation prices like freezers, plasma television, home theatre, generating set,
air conditioner, cooking gas and lots more.
The epoch making event was held at Mauve 21 Event Centre located at Ade-Oyo Area, Ring-Road, Ibadan.
The team leader of the firm, Evang. Ajibola Ogunkeyede, disclosed that the anniversary/thanksgiving is to give thanks to God for his protections and to appreciate their clients and partners of the
company for their support over the years.
Ogunkeyede also added that the event is also an avenue to showcase the destinations secured to their clients to enable them information about offer the company have for them in the year 2020.
He said that the year 2019 has been a great and fantastic year in the history of the company, as the firm has been able to add about eight new destinations, which earned it titled Destination Management
Company (DMC), instead of travel agency.
Speaking about the company’s plans for it’s clients, Mr. Ogunkeyede maintained that the company has designed about 30 destinations for the year 2020 to prove to the world that U FitFly is one of the agencies
in the Nigeria that people can rely on.
He stated that the focus of the company is to be within the first three travel agencies in the whole of Africa continent.
In his position on how Nigeria is fairing in the global tourism, the UFitFly boss disclosed that Nigeria has a long way to go as far as global tourism is concerned.
According to him, “In global tourism there is nothing call Nigeria, recently, I came back from England where I attended World Travel Market (WTM) Conference, Ghana was there, Uganda was there but Nigeria
has no stand in the conference.
This is a world renowned conference, where people come around to sell their countries to investors. Very soon many hotels in the hospitality industry will die because they
rely sole on indigenes of their country to survive, there is need for investors to come in, if there are tourist centres it will attract investors and the country will grow.”
He established that if Federal Government of Nigeria can revive the moribund Nigerian airway, provide aircrafts and allow it to be managed by private entity, tourism in Nigeria will grow.
Ogunkeyede added that the revival of Nigerian Airway will address the issue of buying tickets in high rocket price and as well enable the travel agencies to shuttle many destinations.
The representative of Governor Seyi Makinde at the event, who is also the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Oyo State, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, expressed that the State Governor is working
all days to ensure that the state is conducive for businesses to thrive by providing adequate security and enabling environment.
He noted that tourism sector is another area apart from agriculture where government can derive huge IGR to drive the economy.
The commissioner stated that Governor Makinde has identified various tourism sites in the state and has directed the ministry to source for
investors due to the capital intensive nature of the sector, which government can not shoulder all alone.
Dr. Olatunbosun pointed out that efforts, are in progress to develop Eleyele Water Front, Bower’s Towers, and Ado-Awaye Suspended Lake as many investors have signified intention to partner with government to
make them beautiful tourist centres.
Dr. Olatunbosun commended the CEO of U FitFly, Mr. Ajibola Ogunkeyede, he expressed the readiness of the state government to work together with him to improve the tourism sector.
Meanwhile, Mr. Akande Blessing and Mrs. Olaide Adewale emerged winners of Toyota Camry and Siena cars in the raffle draw organized by UFitFly to commemorate the 14th anniversary.
Some of the winners of consolation prices are Olawale Ayeni, Grace Arowosayo, Olawale Olagbaju, Samson Adeyinka and Adebanjo Olalekan.
The Oyo State Coordinator of the National Lottery Regulation Commission, Mr. Fasurami Omotayo, while speaking on the assessment of the raffle draw, said that the draw was transparent and that there was accountability to the satisfaction of all participants.
He charged the company to maintain the standard with focus to go beyond this level in the future event.
Dignitaries in attendance include the representative of Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Mr. Adeola Oloko, Pastor Funke Adetuberu, Ace presenters, Kola Olotu, Seun Awodele and Publisher, Parrot Xtra Magazine, Olayinka Agboola among others.