The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has reappointed travel expert, Mr. Ikechi Uko, as the consultant for the international aspect of the Carnival.
This is in line with the re-positioning of Calabar Carnival as the number one event in Africa.
Mr. Ikechi Uko, the Team Leader of The TeamAfrica, is also the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market.
He was appointed last year by the Governor to help birth the international version of the Carnival.
A total of 11 countries participated and it was deemed successful.
Based on the success of last year’s event, the Governor has reappointed Uko to grow the event in 2016 with a mandate to bring more countries to the biggest Street party in Africa.
The 2016 edition of the Carnival is expected to be bigger and better as last year’s event was the first carnival organised by the Governor.
The dates for the events are the Bikers Day on December 27 over 10000 Bikers are expected to participate in the major biking showpiece in West Africa.
The December 28, 2016, is the main draw which is the Street Carnival.
Last year’s event had over 2.5million visitors in the city for the Party. The international carnival will hold December 29, and is expected to grow bigger than last year’s maiden edition.
Already, the Carnival Commission has inked an MoU with the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) to promote this year’s event globally with three and five-day packages for tourists.
The Chairman of the Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah, said this arrangement with NATOP would complete the product and make it available to more families to visit and enjoy the fun, pointing out Nickelodeon would be debuting this year at Tinapa to further excite the children.
The President of NATOP, Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, praised Calabar Carnivalfor reaching out to Professionals to market the biggest Tourism product in Nigeria to the world.
He promised that NATOP members would soon launch packages for people to sign on for this year’s carnival.