Africa: Medical Tourism and Health Insurance to Lead Discussions at Akwaaba African Travel Market 2022


The Organisers of the Biggest Travel and Tourism Expo in West Africa have decided to give a lot of attention to Medical Tourism and Health Insurance at the 2022 Edition of the Event.

This is because of the Increasing Importance of Medical Tourism in Africa.

According to the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who supervises Tourism

Nigerians Spent over $1Billion on Medical Tourism in 2021.

This underscores the importance of this type of tourism and the need to examine the Role of Health Travels in the Growth of Tourism and Travel.

Hospitals and Medical Tourism Organisations from Different Countries will be invited to this Year’s Akwaaba African Travel Market taking Place on the 31st of October to the 1st of November in Lagos.

Leisure and Corporate Travel had been the Leading source of Travel Business out of and into Nigeria and West Africa.  The Growth of Medical Tourism in the Last few Years demanded more Focus on that Sector of Tourism.

There will be a B2B session on Medical Tourism and Health Insurance on the 1st of November along with a Panel Discussion with Experts from Both Receiving Countries and Departing Destinations.

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Akwaaba is the Premier Travel Market in West Africa “where Africa meets the World”

It is billed to hold at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels & Suites from 31st October – 1st November, 2022.

Akwaaba African Travel Market is in its 18th Year and has grown over the years into the Most Important Platform for Marketing Travel and Tourism in West Africa and among the Top 5 Events in Africa.

This Year’s event will host the 5th edition of the African   Travel and Tourism Conference and the 2nd Edition of Africa Travel 100 Women Awards.

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In 2017 AKWAABA African Travel Market hosted the Top 100 Travel and Tourism Women in Africa and this brought together for the first-time Women Travel Professionals from all over Africa with over 250 people in attendance. In 2018 it hosted the Top 100 Tour Operators in Africa and hosted the African Diaspora Global Awards in 2019.

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The 2022 Edition will bring back the Top 100 of the leading Female Airline Pilots, the Ministers, the Hotel Managers and Leading Operators in Africa.

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Over the years, AKWAABA African Travel Market has grown to become the most important travel marketing platform in the region drawing attendance from over 20 Countries.

It has hosted Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President Dawda Jawara of The Gambia, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Sir Emeka Anyaoku, Former Vice President of Nigeria Sir Alex Ekwueme, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Remi Tinubu, many Ministers of Tourism from different African Countries and some State Governors. Many Ambassadors and High Commissioners attend AKWAABA regularly.

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Africa Travel 100 Awards

The Africa Travel 100 Awards now in her 18th year has recognized over the years industry practitioners, leaders, and governments who have promoted tourism and demystified travel using unique platforms and new information. Some of our past projects include:

  • Africa Travel 100 – Top 100 Travel Companies in West Africa- 2016
  • Africa Travel 100 – Top 100 Women in Travel and Tourism -2017
  • Africa Travel 100 – Top 100 Tour Operators in Africa -2018
  • Africa Travel 100- Top Global Personalities -2019

The Jollof Rice War is a now in its 5th year. It is an event that draws attention to our rich culinary resources in West Africa.

Akwaaba Delegates have access and face to face discussions with Many Destinations and Suppliers which includes over 300 Travel Professionals from Nigeria, West Africa and around Africa.

In 2019 Akwaaba had in attendance Hon. Sharon Palacio- the Mayor of Belmopan in Belize, Ms. Carol Hay – the former Director Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO UK, The Ambassadors of Ghana Senegal, Jamaica and the Trinidad and Tobago, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Fabien Anthony Co-founder Pan Africa Council, Alain St Ange Former Minister of Tourism Seychelles, Ministers amongst others.

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