The Nigerian News Agency won the Best Online Travel Medium Award from the National Association of Travel Agencies of Nigeria.
Also, Taiye Olayemi, NAN Tourism Correspondent; Femi Adesina, Special Media Advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari; and 10 other journalists were inducted into the NANTA Media Hall of Fame.
The awards were presented to recipients in Lagos on Wednesday.
Other inductees into the NANTA Media Hall of Fame were Frank Meke of The Sun; Wale Olapade, Nigerian Tribune; Ifeoma Okeke, working day; and Igbinosa Aituamen, Radio Nigeria.
Others were Chinedu Ezem, Thisday; Franklin Ihejirika, Franknews; Abel Orukpe, Abelnews; Wole Oyebade, The Guardian; and Wole Shadare and Andrew Okungbowa, New Telegraph.
Susan Akporiaye, National President of NANTA, said the award was in recognition of many outstanding contributions by the media to the growth of the Nigerian travel industry.
She praised the media for showing the activities of the travel industry in Nigeria over the years.
Akporiaye said, “Our Media Hall of Fame is an expression of our appreciation and love for Nigerian travel media.
“At NANTA, we cannot confidently boast that our years of struggle and prosperity have been the result of our strength alone.
“Travel media have been with us all along the way and the Media Hall of Fame, introduced by my administration, will now be the linchpin of our relationship and become a permanent part of NANTA’s history.
“The NANTA Media Award didn’t start with me, but I felt we had to re-inaugurate it to encourage best travel reporting practices. “
Akporiaye said the winners should see themselves as part of the NANTA family, adding that they should not hesitate to advise the association if necessary.
She added: “As I told Femi Adesina, whom we inducted into the NANTA Media Hall of Fame yesterday in Abuja, we will not forget your labor of love for the best of our nation and of our industry. “
Akporiaye said it was a great honor and privilege to work with the media for the good of the nation.
Dayo Adeola, chairman of the board of directors of NANTA, praised the media for changing the previous narrative in which members of the trade association were seen as touts.
“I want to say thank you to the media. You made us feel welcome and we really appreciate it, ”said Adeola.
In addition, Dr Gbenga Olowo, a seasoned travel agent, praised the president of NANTA for being innovative and always making friendships, which brought a lot of business to the members of the association.