Africa: Mr. Kayode Adeshola wins Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria
Mr. Kayode Abiodun Adeshola, the Co-Founder/Executive Director, Capstone Travels and Tours Limited, has been listed in the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria 2018.
The listing of the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria by Travellers Magazine is historic and an effort to cast in gold the faces of the people who are behind the great effort and deep sacrifices in promoting tourism in Nigeria despite the harsh conditions they operate within the tourism landscape in Nigeria. Travellers Magazine is the first travel magazine in West Africa, remaining consistent in its publications for over 22 years.
Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria list was set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria; and through their efforts and or that of their organizations have impacted positively on the travel and tourism sector in Nigeria, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the country. This is the second edition. In 1999 Travellers Magazine published its first Compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club. Almost two decades later the list needs to be updated. Mr. Kayode Abiodun Adeshola emerged on that list.
Kayode Abiodun Adeshola, popularly called ‘’Ambassador or Sir Kay’’. He started his Career in the early Millennium (Year 2000) as a trained Security Guard at Corporate Guards Academy, Ogba Lagos where he was posted as Security Personnel at various Companies. With this he was able to sponsore himself as a part-time student of Banking/Finance at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu where he obtained Ordinary National Diploma (OND). He relocated to Abuja in 2005 to join the travel Industry as a trainee Staff at KS Travels and Tours Ltd from 2005 to 2006. He joined Silhouette Travels and Tours Ltd from 2006 to 2008 as a ticketing and reservation officer.
He is a Co-Founder/Owner of Capstone Travels and Tours Ltd established in May 2008 where he is doubled as the Executive Director.
He has served in numerous capacities in Abuja within the industry namely as Acting. Publicity Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) 2009 – 2012; Publicity Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) 2012 – 2014; Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) 2014 – 2016; Vice President, Abuja Zone, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) 2018 – date.
Mr. Kayode Abiodun Adeshola is the Vice Chairman, INSTITUTE For TOURISM PROFESSIONALS – FCT- Chapter. He was a Member of the Local Organizing Committee (LoC) of the 2018 National Tourism Transport Summit & Expo Held at Int’l Conference Center Abuja in May 2018.
Mr. Kayode Abiodun Adeshola has participated in several international activities in the tourism industry which includes being among the Buyers for World Travel Market-WTM-London 2007 – Date; Hosted Buyer, Dubai – 2010; Buyer, Indaba-Africa Travel Show –Durban 2008 – 2015; Meetings Africa Travel Show- Johannesburg – 2013; Hosted Buyer, Magical Kenya – Nairobi 2014; Hosted Buyer, Tiangius Turistico – Mexico 2016 and Hosted Buyer, World Travels Market – WTM-Africa, Cape Town- 2017, 2018.
He has also received several Honours and recognitions as the ‘’PEACE AMBASSADOR’’ 2014 by UNIVERSL PEACE FEDERATION (A global Network of peace builders) and FELLOW – Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria 2017. He holds several Professional Certification which includes Amadeus Diploma – 2009; IATA/UFTAA Foundation certified – 2014; Associate Fellow – Institute of Corporate Administration – 2010; Fellow – Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria – 2017; South African Specialist Certification – 2016; International Air Travel Association (IATA/BSP) certified, Lagos – 2017; Finance and Accounting – International Management Institute- Berlin Germany and Essential Management Skills – International Management Institute- Berlin Germany. He holds a BSC degree in Economics from the University of Abuja (In-view) and OND in Banking/Finance from the Lagos State Polytechnic Ikorodu 2004.
Mr. Kayode Abiodun Adeshola is affliciated with several bodies and voluntary organizations in which he has served as Assistant Secretary of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Unit 26 Special Marshal ,CBD Abuja; Member of the PCRC – Zone 7 Division Abuja.
A common feature which has been attested to by former employers and associates in the industry concerning him is his doggedness and rugged approach to finding solution to problems. He has led CAPSTONE TRAVELS AND TOURS LTD since 2008 to a glorious and profitable 10 years in the Industry as a major player with 14 Staff and over 22 Local and International Airlines ticketing Authority, DIP and IATA/BSP Certifications.