Jumia Travel Launches The 2nd Edition Of African Travel Awards

…to be held simultaneously in 8 African countries

AudioAgeLagos, Nigeria, January 16, 2018—Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency in Africa, will hold the second edition of the Africa Travel Awards on Thursday, January 25, 2018. For this edition, the ceremony will be held simultaneously in 8 countries: Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, and Tanzania.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

There are 7 categories to be awarded including: Customer’s Favorite Hotel 2017, Customer’s Favorite Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017.

A jury panel, made up of high-level tourism professionals in the country, has been put together to judge the nominated hotels and ultimately decide on the winners. The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

In Nigeria, vote here.

The winners of the African Travel Awards 2018 will be honored during a cocktail held on January 25, 2018 simultaneously in Lagos, Algiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Douala, Dar Es Salaam, and Kampala.

PROMOTING TOURISM IN AFRICA

The annual event is supported by tourism organizations and stakeholders.

“By organizing these African Travel Awards, our mission is not only to recognize and reward the merit of local tourism stakeholders, but also to provide a credible benchmark for the African tourism industry,” said Joe Falter, CEO of Jumia Travel.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel (travel.jumia.com) is the N°1 Pan African Online Travel Agency, which simplifies the travel booking experience by allowing users to compare prices and amenities in a fast and secure manner. With more than 30,000 hotels in Africa (+300,000 hotels around the world) and more than a hundred flight companies as partners, Jumia Travel aims to democratize travel by reducing traveling cost, providing the largest inventory of properties and granting local & high-quality services to become the one-stop travel shop in the continent. Jumia Travel is active in over 40 countries in Africa, with 10 local offices, and more than 400 travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our main hubs are in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dubai (UAE). Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. It was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Millicom, Rocket Internet, Orange, Axa, CDC Uk and other financial partners.

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Jumia Travel

 

Jumia Travel, Jumia Food to Reward Customers Big at Black Friday Concert

AudioAgeLagos, Nigeria – 09 November 2017 – Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, Jumia Travel and Nigeria’s number 1 online food ordering website, Jumia Food have revealed plans to reward both their new and returning customers with fantastic giveaways and deals at the upcoming Jumia Black Friday concert scheduled for November 18, 2017 at the King’s College, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The companies made the announcement through their Head of Public Relations, Olukayode Kolawole while addressing journalists in Lagos on the expectations from this year’s Black Friday festival which will kick off November 13th and end December 13th, 2017. “This year’s Black Friday will be the biggest sales event ever experienced in the country as there are as high as 80% discounts across all the Jumia platforms: Jumia Mall, Jumia Travel, and Jumia Food,” Kolawole said.

The exclusive 2-in-1 concert and shopping event will feature Nigeria’s finest artists including Simi, Falz, Wande Coal, 9ice, Mayorkun, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Skales, Lil Kesh, Pencil, Jimmie DJ Consequence, DJ Cuppy, Nedu to thrill attendees to exclusive app flash sales and lots of exciting giveaways including a N500,000 shopping voucher.

Speaking on some of the special offers on Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, Managing Director of Jumia Travel said there will be up to 80% discount on hotel & flight bookings; over 20 holiday packages to choose from (local & international) and lots of fantastic deals. “There will also be lots of giveaways at the concert, such as a free night stay at a 4-star hotel in Lagos, a free return ticket from Lagos to Accra and many more,”Adagunodo added.

On the other hand, Jumia Food Managing Director, Olamide Bada described the deals that will be available on Jumia Food as mouthwatering. “We have a long list of vendors on our platform who have offered us amazing discounts and giveaways in the spirit of the Black Friday festival. While many of our customers will have direct and face-to-face interactions with us at the concert, others who might not be able to attend can still benefit from these offers. For instance, we will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free on Sharwama & Co between 11th  November through Dec 12th; 30% off the entire menu at Beleful; and many more.”

“There will also be lots of offers on Jumia Party. For instance, you can buy one Martell Blue Swift and get 24 Apparel Hat with Purchase; Martell XO – Free Holiday Bag with purchase; Chivas Extra – Free TT Dalk Wallet or card holder with purchase,” Bada added.

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Jumia Nigeria

MEDIA CONTACT
Olukayode Kolawole
Olukayode.Kolawole@jumia.com

The Challenges Facing the Growth of Tourism in Africa

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 03 November 2016 – I was privileged to attend the 12th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on Sunday October 31st through Tuesday November 1st 2016.

My attendance was indeed a worthwhile investment as it exposed me to a cocktail of different issues stalling the growth of the industry as well as practical recommendations that are believed to be the fertilizer African tourism needs to germinate.

For me, the icing on the cake was the convergence of key stakeholders from across the continent, and lots of representatives from almost all the African countries talking to people on the many opportunities for tourists in their countries. I saw sheer enthusiasm on the faces of these representatives as they went about selling their countries as the best tourist destination. This wasn’t an all-comers event. Even I only had the opportunity to attend because the managing director of Jumia Travel, Kushal Dutta was invited as a panelist to discuss “The Internet and the Future of Travel in Africa.” So I had to tag along!

While all the speakers and panelists touched on many pertinent issues on how to advance the course of tourism in Africa, I found very intriguing a presentation by the deputy minister of tourism for Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndlovu. She provided some insights on the growth and opportunities that tourism can facilitate in the continent. These opportunities are undoubtedly very promising, if properly harnessed; and are the impetuses urgently required to compliment trade and commerce for a better economic development of each country. It was effortlessly transparent from the data she presented that the advancement of travel and tourism for a country like Nigeria might seem improbable if the government doesn’t embrace its potentials and invests enormously to reap untold economic rewards.

There were six major challenges which the deputy minister harped on as the reasons for de-growth of tourism in Africa, although she mentioned that Zimbabwe isn’t exempted from the burden of these challenges.

Underdeveloped Tourism Infrastructure
Countries like Switzerland, Germany, and Austria lead the world in terms of their travel and tourism industry competitiveness. They are closely followed by Spain, United Kingdom, USA, France, Canada, Sweden, and Singapore. There are thousands of hotel rooms per capita in these countries by international standard. The policy environments are also top ranking considering the low cost required to start a business, and a much flexible visa policy. For Africa’s infrastructure to develop, we need to protect our natural and cultural resources, fix our air transport system (90% of tourists travel by air), improve the quality of roads and ports, and fix electricity issues as it applies to each country.

Poor Intra-African Air Connectivity
There are very few flights connecting major cities in Africa. And not many of the very few are good enough, or at least meet international standards. The perception of Africa being a country and not a continent has to change. We need to overhaul the entire air transport system within Africa, and engender more airlines to fly within Africa. The number of tourists visiting Africa every year runs into millions. Imagine how many more we will record if we can bring in more airlines to convey many more tourists to various destinations.

Absence of Strategically-Integrated Product Development and Marketing
We need to develop tourism products that are marketable. This is indeed lacking in Africa. For instance, Uganda has been able to grow its tourism sector on one thing that a lot of tourists love to see: gorillas. The country has the largest mountain gorilla population in the world – 54% (over 400 of them). In addition, there are over 5,000 chimpanzees found in Uganda. The country is also home to the world’s largest number of monkeys, baboons, apes, rare colobus, nocturnal Bush babies and Pottos found in pristine eco-environment. Commendably, Uganda has packaged its tourism around gorilla sight-seeing, and a lot of tourists visit every year just to see these apes. Such tourism product/package is what many countries in Africa need to market to the world.

Religious tourism is another untapped market. There are tons of people flying into Nigeria to attend churches such as The Synagogue, Christ Embassy and many more. These people do not come into the country only for a religious programme; they interact with people, discover new places, and go sight-seeing. During these religious programmes, a lot of hotels cash in what they would make in six months in just one week, transporters increase their earnings too, so do airlines.

Visa Restrictions
The effort of the African Union (AU) in developing a pan-African passport which allows all Africans to travel freely within Africa without a visa is highly commendable. Of course, the objective is to achieve what the European Union passport has made possible. However, more needs to be done. If we can cut out visa requirement as we have in some countries, it will engender the growth of tourism as more people will be entitled to free movement within the continent. Although, there are worries that the security threats this poses outweighs the benefits that we as a continent will accrue from lifting all visa restrictions. It therefore becomes the responsibility of each country’s government to ensure there’s adequate supply of security, and if possible putting in place strict measures to gate keep criminals from perpetrating their evil acts.

Poor Treasury Support to Tourism
In most African countries, it is sad that the tourism sector gets the lowest budget even in countries where tourism is their mainstay. This poses a huge threat to the survival and eventual sustainability of the sector. Government at all levels should invest adequate funds to boost its economic viability which has the potential to contribute up to 25% to each country’s GDP.

Brand Africa
Our image as a continent has been marred with poverty, strife, hunger, war, starvation, diseases and so many. These things shape the way people see us and our countries. We need an urgent clinical repair of these bad representations. We have challenges as a country, no doubt – as do developed countries – but we are not our challenges. A lot of tourists, for instance, stayed away from visiting Nigeria in the last 3 years because of the fear of the terrorist group Boko Haram. But then again, which country doesn’t suffer from terrorism whether on a large or small scale? So why should this challenge determine who we are?

It has become our collective responsibility to treat people who come to our country like they are part of us. Remember, we need word of mouth marketing to promote our tourist destinations more than we need advertising. A tourist who was well treated and accommodated will go back to friends and family to recommend your country as a good destination to visit.

To the continent of Africa! To the great people of Africa!! From Africa to the world!!!

SOURCE
Olukayode Kolawole / Jumia Travel

CONTACT
olukayode.kolawole@jumia.com

5 Sure Ways to Travel Around Lagos For Free

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AudioAge – LAGOS, Nigeria – 18 October 2016 – There is nothing free even in the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. It is even worse when you are in Lagos where commuters are hustling and scampering for their survival. The survival of the fittest. Hence, it is extremely difficult to get anything free besides religious flyers. When you also consider the economic recession, you will shelve the idea of getting anything free.

So, it may be near impossible for anyone to navigate Lagos for free. Despite this, there are other ways you can travel without breaking the bank. Jumia Travel shares some tricks to help you achieve this. Thank us later. 🙂

Never miss your neighbour’s car in the morning

This is perhaps the easiest way to move around the centre of excellence for free. If your neighbour, friend or colleague at work leave home at 5am, you should be at his house waiting at that time. While some friends will call you when leaving others will not. Don’t miss the ride especially if you route is the same. You can also do the same when you are returning from wherever you went to.

Take BRT buses

BRT buses are nearly in all nooks and crannies of Lagos. They are relatively cheap and affordable. Unlike the yellow menace called danfos that increases fares indiscriminately, the BRT buses always maintain their fares because it is run by the government. Interestingly, during the festive period, you can board BRT for free.

Find accommodation close to your workplace

Try as much as possible to stay close to your workplace. This is because if you are able to cut or reduce transport cost, you will save a lot of money. So, search for a friend, colleague or family member to stay with.

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Travel via train

If the government can develop other means of transport especially train and water, you will almost travel for free. By the way, a train in Lagos is another perfect way to travel for free if you can survive the crowd. Most times, the train is always filled out but if you are boarding the train, you may not pay a dime!

Buy your own car

Buying your own car is the simplest way to travel for free without stress. However, if you can’t afford to buy a car now, you should be willing to spend money on your daily transport to navigate Lagos. It can be via Uberdanfo or taxis.

 

Best Free Antivirus Apps to Protect Your Smartphone

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AudioAge – LAGOS, Nigeria – 14 October 2016 – Your activities online can make your smartphone prone to virus. You download free apps, movies, and songs online as well as visit websites which you cannot determine if they are safe or not. But with an antivirus you can shield and protect your phone from any malware or virus.

Fortunately, you can download or purchase any antivirus app of your choice. But do you know which one to download? Jumia Travel rolls out free and brilliant antivirus for your phone. They are also safe.

360 Security

Want real-time protection for your phone? This is the antivirus app to use. The features of the app include scanning files, antitheft feature to help you locate missing phones. You can also use passwords to make your app inaccessible to others by using this app.

Avast

Avast is a popular brand. Over 100 million users have downloaded the antivirus. However, you must have enough space on your phone because the capacity is 2GB. Besides protecting your phone, it assists in data recovery, ad-protection and app locking.

AVG

The Real-time Protection is own by AVG. And of course, AVG is another well-known antivirus. Real-time protection, task killer, remote data wipe, battery monitor, data usage checker, and call blocking are the amazing features of this app.

All-in-one solution

Like the name All-in-one solution, the app protects your phone in all entirety.  The app tells users about the threats to their phone as well as alert you about  websites designed to steal your information.

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Avira Antivirus Security

It performs important functions like malware scan, real-time protection and more. The app also has some features like stage fright advisor, which help in protecting your phone. Anti-theft, anti-privacy and blacklisting features provide further protection.

Quick heal

This is another app that will protect your phone against virus attack. It shields your device from unauthorised users, review apps that may affect your privacy, and data wipe feature.