Africa: Stella Fubara of Dubai Tourism bags BALAFON award for Travel Personality of the Year West Africa


Stella Fubara, the Director of International operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, has scooped the award of the Travel Personality of the Year in West Africa. The award was presented to her at the 4th Accra Weizo, during the 2018 edition of the West African region travel fair held at the La Palm Royal Beach Resort, Accra-Ghana in June 2018.

Stella Fubara was presented the award in the presence of VIP’s and dignitaries which included Mr. Akwesi Agyeman Ag CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA); Mrs. Abena Pokuaa Amoah Boaitey, CEO Sets of Golden Beach Hotels; Mrs. Rita Ikechi-Uko, DMD, Akwaaba Travel Market; Mr. Frank Apeasyei, Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana; Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Pavelyn Tenclai Musaka; Mr. Chris Iwarah, Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace; Stella Fubara, Africa Director, Dubai Tourism; Mr. Hloni Pitso, Manager West Africa, South Africa Tourism; Mr. Alex Nwuba, CEO Smile Aviation; Mr. Chike Ogeah, V. Chairman, SAHCOL; Mr. Richard Kyere of Africa World Airline among others.

The award recognized Stella Fubara as the Travel Personality of the Year in West Africa for her outstanding activities in sustaining functional and efficient operations for Dubai Tourism in West Africa, as Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing continued to add value to the travel industry thereby making her a dominant face across West Africa. With Dubai Tourism’s influence being established in several countries in West Africa, and thereby playing a significant role in not only driving the travel and tourism Agenda of her organization and country and catalyzing the growth of tourism in the sub region but also helping forge ties between countries in West Africa, and Africa with a view to enhancing Regional Tourism.

Stella Fubara is a Director of International operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. She is also the 2017 recipient of the West Africa Travel Personality of the Year award.
An accomplished leader in business and finance management, Stella has over two decades of impressive executive management. She is responsible for the operations of Dubai Tourism in Africa in line with the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub.
Stella began her Professional career in 1999 as Financial Portfolio Manager at a global company, Owens Corning USA. In 2001 she moved on to become Senior Project Controller at Deloitte & Touche, where she set a remarkable standard for usage of tools and project management techniques for Deloitte projects on the East coast.

In 2003 she moved to Florida to take on the role of Project Finance Manager at Walt Disney World in Orlando, one of the most visited vacation resort and entertainment complexes in the world. Eventually assuming the Division Finance Manager position for the parks Costume & Cosmetology division.

When Stella moved to Wyndham Vacation Hotels & Resorts in 2007, as Director of Marketing Operations, her exceptional policy formulation skills and sublime financial management dexterity benefited Wyndham a great deal, resulting in additional responsibility for her as Director Operational Finance & Compensation.
Her zeal for innovation and opportunity positioned her to make a continental move to; one of the fastest growing and largest internet travel sites in Africa in 2013, as Chief Marketing and Product development officer before her current role in Dubai.

Stella demonstrates effective management capabilities in areas of finance, forecasting, marketing strategy, product/business development and policy formulation. She also exhibits excellent leadership delivered in an efficient training team building spirit.

Stella obtained a B.Sc in Business Management from Franklin University Columbus, Ohio, as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance & International Marketing Stella Ibiene Fubara is the 2nd of 7 children born to HRH Prof. Dagogo Michael Fubara, and his wife HRH Dr. Vinolia Sotonye Fubara (nee Peterside). She is a mother of two boys and two girls.

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