• ‘I don’t know where I am’

    French goalscorer Antoine Griezmann said he was struggling for his bearings because he was so overjoyed after helping his country win their second World Cup by beating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.
    “I don’t know where I am… I’m very happy, it was a very difficult match, Croatia played a great game,” he told French TV channel TF1 just ahead of the trophy presentation.
    “We can’t wait to lift the Cup and bring it back to France.”
    The Atletico Madrid forward
  • Group claims pitch invasion

    Russian female protest punk group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion by three women and a man dressed in police uniforms that interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final.
    France were on their way to a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when match play was briefly halted in the second half.
    A security source told Interfax that the four were delivered to a local police station for questioning after being dragged off the pitch by stewards without putting
  • Proud Croatia fans celebrate heroes

    Heartbroken but proud Croatian fans in Zagreb cheered and wept as their “heroes” went down 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.
    On the final whistle applause from tens of thousands of Croatian fans rang out through the capital’s main Jelacic square as many lit flares and set off firecrackers.
    Fans cheered the players on a big TV screen in the packed square, as car horns began blaring on the streets of the Croatian capital.
    “Our boys gave everything on
  • World hails France’s win

    Congratulations rolled in for France’s football team on Sunday after their young side triumphed over Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow.
    French President Emmanuel Macron simply said “MERCI” (thank you) to the football team on Twitter after the match.
    Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux called the team “GIANTS”.
    “Twenty years later, thank you Les Bleus for giving the dream to a new generation,” he tweeted, referring to the country&r
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  • Modric wins Golden Ball •…Mbappe, Courtois also honoured

    Croatia midfielder Luka Modric accepted the Golden Ball award as the best player at the World Cup after his side lost to France 4-2 in Sunday’s final.
    Modric scored two goals in the group stage and converted both of his attempts in penalty shootouts to help Croatia reach the final.
    The Real Madrid star embraced Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic after being given the award by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russia President Vladimir Putin in a rainy postgame ceremony.
  • Party begins as delirious French revel in victory

    France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolore flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.
    Cheers rang out throughout the country for each of four goals in the final as “Les Bleues” beat Croatia, transforming the young team into national icons 20 years after the country’s first World Cup triumph in 1998.
    The most delirious scenes were in the fanzone near the Eiffe
  • Finalists to share $66m FIFA prize money

    FIFA will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final France $38m in prize money while Croatia, the runners-up in Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will receive $28m. Both amounts are a $3m increase on those awarded to the finalists of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina.
    Belgium will receive $24m for their victory on Saturday in the third-place playoff in St Petersburg, $2m more than fourth-placed England.
    In total the pot of prize money fo
  • France are champions again …beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow final

    France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.
    The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deshchamps’ side – balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous – have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
    For the small nation of Croatia, the
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  • Mace theft: Omo-Agege attacks Reps, Saraki over suspension call

    Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
    The lawmaker representing the Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has carpeted the House of Representatives for approving his suspension over alleged involvement in the invasion of the Senate chamber and mace snatching.
    Omo-Agege described the resolution for his suspension by the House as an act of lawlessness.
    The senator stated this in a statement he personally signed and sent to The PUNCH, entitled, ‘My Advice to the House of Representatives on
  • Groups advise APC on Osun gov primary

    Oladimeji Ramon
    A non-governmental organisation, Osun Progressives Platform, has urged the All Progressives Congress to allow all registered or card-carrying party members to participate in the primary to choose its governor candidate for Osun State.
    The OPP, in a statement on Sunday by its convener, Wale Adebisi, urged the APC National Working Committee to take its advice into consideration as they meet on July 19, to deliberate on the modalities for the primary.
    According to Adebisi, allowing
  • Troops missing after Boko Haram attacked military base

    Some Nigerian troops are missing after Boko Haram insurgents overran a military base in the remote part of the North-East, security sources said Sunday, in the second major assault on the armed forces in two days.
    The militants invaded a base holding more than 700 soldiers in Yobe State – where they abducted over 100 girls from a school earlier this year – in an onslaught Saturday night, a military source told Agence France Presse on condition of anonymity.
    Fewer than 100 soldiers re
  • Alleged forgery: Group writes IG, seeks Adeosun’s probe

    Oladimeji Ramon
    A non-governmental organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, calling for the probe of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, over media reports alleging that she forged an exemption certificate of the National Youth Service Corps.
    HEDA, in the petition by its Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, said it wanted Adeosun prosecuted should the forgery allegation be established.
    Also, an anti-corruption group,
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  • Reps panel to question Obasanjo, Jonathan, others over Abacha loot

    •House to summon Adeosun, AGF, Okonjo-Iweala, ex-ministers
    John Ameh, Abuja
    Members of the House of Representatives are to question former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan over the recovery of money stolen by a former military Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday.
    An 11-member panel of the House constituted to investigate the recovery is set to start work this week, The PUNCH further gathered in Abuja.
    Findings indicated that
  • Killings: IDPs stone Lalong’s convoy

    Friday Olokor, Jos
    Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Saturday escaped death by a whisker as Internally Displaced Persons numbering over 200 hauled dangerous objects, including stones, irons and other unidentified objects at his convoy.
    The incident happened in the afternoon at the IDPs camp in  Jos, Zawan in the South Local Government Area.
    During the attack which happened barely three weeks after a similar incident at the Government House, over five vehicles were said to have been
  • Imo crisis: God’ll impeach Okorocha, says Umeh

    Tony Okafor, Awka
    The senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, on Sunday, asked God for forgiveness over his role in the emergence of Rochas Okorocha, as the Governor of Imo State in 2011 on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
    Describing Okorocha as an evil who had become an island unto himself, Umeh said the governor had become   “a pain in the neck of his people.”
    Umeh, as the APGA national chairman in 2011, led members
  • EFCC, AGF abandon CCT chair’s bribery case in court

    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
    The bribery case filed against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, is gathering dust in the docket of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, five months after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission instituted the charges, The PUNCH reports.
    The case has been stalled after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), reportedly queried both the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu,
  • Murdered corps member: Family goes after Abuja hospital

    Oluwatobi Akindele
     THE family of the National Youth Service Corps member shot dead by a police officer, Angela Igwetu, has told the police authorities to go after the hospital that attended  to the corps member, saying  the autopsy report faulted the claims made by the hospital.
    The PUNCH had reported that the 23-year-old had finished work about 11pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, and joined a few friends at a hang–out before their Passing out Parade scheduled for the followin
  • Customs officer kills two colleagues in Lagos

    Samson Folarin
    Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service lost their lives in a tragic accident on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Saturday.
    PUNCH Metro learnt that the two victims, who were in a Toyota Camry with the number plate, YLA 121 BJ, were at a checkpoint when they were crushed by their colleague, who drove a Toyota Avalon, with number plate, YAB 366 JY.
    The three officials were reportedly attached to the Seme Border Command, Lagos.
    While the two crushed customs officers died on the sp
  • Residents lament as ocean submerges buildings in Ondo

    Peter Dada, Akure
    Many houses and other property were submerged following the incursion of the Atlantic Ocean into the coastal community of Ayetoro in the Ilaje local government Area of Ondo State on Saturday.
    It was gathered that the ocean had overrflow its bank and it had claimed about 500 meters of the community’s landscape with many houses and lands destroyed.
    It was also learnt that  the incursion happened as result of “climate change, oxone layers depletion, global warming
  • Poly rector: Board promises thorough checks of 15 applicants

    Samson Folarin
    The Board of Trustees of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State, has appointed an acting rector after the sacking of the former rector, Akinola Olaolu.
     The school promised to do thorough checks of the credentials of 15 people who had applied for the position.
     Olaolu was sacked after an investigation by PUNCH Metro revealed that he did not have B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D in Economics as he claimed.
     The vice chairman of the Board, Chief Inaolaji Aboaba, who spoke t
  • 12 Nigerian students to face trial for cybercrime in Benin Republic

    Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
    Twelve Nigerian students arrested by the police are to face trial for cybercrime in the Republic of Benin.
    Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that seven out of the 12 students detained on allegations of cybercrime had been released on bail.
    The suspects names were given as Mathew Langgapp, Bayo Oyenuga, Tari Bori, Samuel Akinwande, Dunchi Dennis, Steven Porobunu, Chuckwudi Valentine, Peter Ochani, David
  • Christ Embassy kidnap: Fraudsters call family, demand ransom

    Oluwatosin OmojuyigbeThe family members of a missing four-year-old, Elo Ogidi, have been left confused as different kidnap gangs have called to demand ransom for her release.
    PUNCH Metro had reported that Elo got missing during a church service at the headquarters of the Christ Embassy in Oregun, Lagos.
    Elo was reportedly with the maid during the church’s children thanksgiving service last Sunday when she went missing.
    Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, Elo’s father, A
  • One dies, six injured in Ogun lone accident

    Samuel Awoyinfa , AbeokutaThe driver of a commercial Toyota Picnic died on Sunday while six passengers were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in suffered a tyre burst and somersaulted.
    The accident was said to have occured in Ibafo village, Kobape end of the Abeokuta-Sagamu-Siun Expressway in Ogun State.
    The vehicle with the number plate, MUS 876 AT, was said to have taken six males and one female, and was travelling to Ibadan, Oyo State, from Abeokuta.
    Five males and one female occu
  • Ambode wants airport road complete on schedule

    Sesan Olufowobi
    The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said he is impressed with the construction work on Oshodi-Airport Road.
    The governor, who noted that the project was progressing well, however, added that he was keen on the prompt delivery of the project.
    The state government had embarked on the reconstruction of the road in September 2017 to transform it to “international standard.”
    Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade
  • Lawmaker seeks ICT education in schools

    Sesan Olufowobi
    The senator representing the Lagos East District at the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, has said education without  Information Communication Technology is inadequate.
    The senator, who spoke on Friday at the handing over of computers and furniture to the Orimedu Community High School, Orimedu, in the Ibeju  Lekki area of Lagos State, said the need for ICT in Nigerian schools and the ability to use computers effectively must become an essential part of education.
    He said, “
  • Fayemi’s victory, referendum on Buhari’s performance – Lai Mohammed

    Oladimeji Ramon
    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, as an indication that Nigerians will accept President Muhammadu Buhari during next year’s presidential election.
    The minister, who spoke with journalists in Lagos on Sunday, hailed the Ekiti electorate for their peaceful conduct during the election.
    Mohammed said, &ldqu
  • SDP lost Ekiti poll because we didn’t buy votes – Adeniran

    Tunde Ajaja
    A former Minister of Education and chieftain of the Social Democratic Party, Prof Tunde Adeniran, said the SDP lost in the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti State because the party did not buy votes like some other parties.
    Adeniran averred that the SDP candidate, Mr Akin Ayegbusi, would have won the election if the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party didn’t resort to vote buying. He added that the SDP didn’t believe in vote buying and d
  • APC is highest bidder in vote buying – AP candidate

    Femi Makinde, Ado Ekiti
    A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Abiodun Aluko, who was also the governorship candidate of the Accord Party in the July 14 election, said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, won the election because his party was the highest bidder in vote buying.
    Aluko said this in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday.
    The AP governorship candidate alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party and the APC engaged in a stiff competition to out
  • PDP rejects Fayemi’s victory, says it’s daylight robbery

    John Alechenu,  John Ameh,  Olusola  Fabiyi,  Olalekan Adetayo,  Samuel Awoyinfa, Friday Olokor, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Adelani Adepegba, Femi Makinde and  Leke Baiyewu
    The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has   rejected   Saturday’s governorship election results in Ekiti State.
    It described the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a daylight robbery.
    But  the Presidency, in its reactio
  • Workers’ salary arrears will be paid in six months –Fayemi

    Olufemi Atoyebi, Ado-Ekiti
    The winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said that he will pay the backlog of salaries owed civil servants in the state within the first six months of his return to office.
    Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress beat Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party in a keenly contested race to succeed the incumbent Governor  Ayodele Fayose.
    Speaking at his residence in Isan-Ekiti, the former Minister of Solid M
  • EFCC mocks Fayose, says we’re expecting you soon

    Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has lampooned Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State after the failure of his preferred candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, at the polls.
    The EFCC said in a tweet that with Fayose’s tenure ending in less than three months coupled with the loss of his immunity, he should begin to prepare to visit the commission.
    The commission hinted that investigation into Fayose’s alleged N1.3bn poultry project during his first term f
  • Tinubu, Ambode, Akeredolu congratulate Fayemi

    Peter Dada, Feyisayo Popoola, and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe
    Former Lagos State governor and All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, have congratulated the party’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, over his victory in the governorship election in Ekiti State, which held on Saturday.
    Tinubu, in a statement on Sunday, titled ‘Ekiti election: A victory for the people’, said Fayemi’s vict
  • Again, Okotie declares for president

    …urges APC, PDP to adopt him
    Oladimeji Ramon
    The Pastor of the Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie, on Sunday declared his intention to again run for the presidency in 2019.
    Okotie, who has made three failed attempts – 2003, 2007 and 2011 – to become the President, made the declaration during the Sunday service in his church in the Oregun area of Lagos.
    He told the congregation that he had re-emerged from his political hibernation, based on his conviction that Nigeria n
  • Adeboye advises Nigerians

    Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe
    The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has told Nigerians to expect dream-like miracles that will turn their lives around.
    He, however, added that they must be ready to work towards such miracles.
    The G.O., who spoke at the dedication service of the RCCG Region 19 Headquarters, Acme, Ikeja, stated that those who received dream-like miracles were either visited by God or God passed by and branched at their houses.
    Adeboye, who men
  • European Union is a foe on trade, says Trump

    US President Donald Trump has described the European Union as a foe on trade, BBC reports.
    He told CBS News that European countries were taking advantage of the US and not paying their Nato bills.
    EU Council President Donald Tusk said anyone calling the EU foes was spreading “fake news”.
    Trump said he had “low expectations” for his meeting on Monday with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which comes after 12 Russians were indicted for alleged hacking during 2016 US elections
  • Kumuyi tackles youth unemployment

    Deji Lambo
    The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has called on the government, local and international agencies to collaborate with the ministry to tackle the unemployment and underemployment challenges in the country.
    Kumuyi, however, stressed that the Almighty God must be made the pillar of such efforts in order to achieve meaningful and objective impact.
    The cleric spoke at the multi-purpose hall of the Deeper Life headquarters, Gbagada, Lago
  • Estimated billing: Consumers vow to resist disconnection by Discos

    Electricity consumers in the country may be heading for a showdown with the power distribution companies following plans to massively disconnect customers on estimated billing, OKECHUKWU NNODIM writes
    As the House of Representatives perfects the bill to criminalise estimated billing by electricity distribution companies, power consumers have vowed to resist attempts by the Discos to massively disconnect those of them who receive estimated bills.
    Last month, the power distributors had threatened
  • Collaborative efforts’ll make capital market vibrant – SEC

    ’Femi Asu
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has said it is open to suggestions and actions that will make the capital market vibrant, stressing the need for more stakeholder collaboration.
    The Acting Director-General, SEC, Ms Mary Uduk, was quoted in a statement on Sunday as saying that such collaborative efforts would be with associations and persons fit and proper to operate in the market.
    Uduk stated these when members of the Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria met with t
  • Reclaiming misdirected payments

    Sending a payment to the wrong bank account by accident can be devastating, especially if it is a large one, according to www.moneyexpert.com.
    Thankfully, banks are becoming more and more aware of the propensity for human error when it comes to making payments online. As part of the voluntary code of best practice, the banks will now help you to recover any misdirected payments to the best of their abilities.
    We will go through the things you could do to try and reclaim any payments made mistake
  • Passengers feared dead as bus plunges into Ovia River

    Alexander Okere, BeninMany passengers were on Sunday feared dead when a commercial bus reportedly plunged into the Ovia River in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
    The incident was said to have occurred at Evbonogbon, a boundary community between Edo and Ondo State.
    It was learnt that the vehicle was in motion on the Benin-Ore-Lagos expressed way Sunday afternoon before it crashed into the river, leaving many of the passengers trapped.
    Although details of the incident was st
  • Sokoto police arrest rustlers, recover 97 animals

    Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto
    The police in Sokoto State have paraded 12 suspected cattle rustlers in the state and recovered 97 animals.
    Addressing journalists at the police headquarters in Sokoto on Friday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, disclosed that Abdulahi Mohammed, Mohammed Isa and Mohammed Ibrahim were nabbed with 35 sheep, 51 goats, nine rams and two cows
    He explained that the suspects also led the police team to another area where nine other people, who c
  • I killed my wife for committing adultery — Suspect

    Enyioha Opara, MinnaTHE Niger State Police Command has apprehended one Bello Muhe, 25, for allegedly killing his wife.
    Muhe was arrested by police operatives of the command while trying to escape.
    The suspect, who hailed from Gautan Fadama village in the Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi State, was said to have killed the wife, Husse Ali, 25, for being promiscuous.
    It was learnt that the suspect had earlier sent  the wife to her parents over her adulterous lifestyle, but she reportedly
  • Body to train estate surveyors in solid minerals valuation

    Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi
    The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, under the auspices of its Plant and Equipment Valuation Faculty, has revealed plans to build the capacity of its members on solid minerals valuation.
    The faculty stated that the capacity building programme was in realisation of the need to broaden the knowledge of estate surveyors and valuers in line with international best practices, and also bring clarity and transparency to investors in the solid minerals industry
  • Chinese oil firm to invest $3bn in Nigeria

    Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
    The management of China National Offshore Oil Corporation has expressed its readiness to invest additional $3bn in its existing stakes in offshore oil and gas operations in Nigeria.
    According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Beijing-based corporation, Yuan Guangyu, the investment in Nigeria is the most strategic and important overseas business undertaking of the firm.
    Guangyu stated this when he led a team of the CNOOC top executives to the corporate headquarters of
  • London arbitration court awards $680m against Wale Tinubu’s firms

    Oladimeji Ramon
    The London Court of International Arbitration has awarded a total of $680m (about N216bn) against two firms – Ocean and Oil Development Partners Limited, which owns 55.96 per cent of Oando Plc;  and Whitmore Asset Management Limited – belonging to Nigerian businessman, Wale Tinubu, and his partner, Omamofe Boyo.
    The award was in favour of Ansbury Investments Inc, owned by an Italian-Nigerian businessman, Gabriele Volpi.
    The PUNCH obtained on Sunday a copy of the
  • Currency in circulation falls to N1.93tn

    •It’s good for economy, say experts
    Feyisayo Popoola
    The currency in circulation fell for the third consecutive month in June, with economic experts describing it as a positive trend for the nation’s inflation.
    Data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria by our correspondent showed that the currency in circulation dropped by N30bn to N1.90tn as of June 30, 2018 from N1.93tn on May 31. It stood at N2.04tn and N1.96tn in March and April, respectively.
    The currency in circulatio
  • Lafarge Africa rewards loyal customers with Dubai trip

    Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi
    Building solutions provider, Lafarge Africa Plc, has rewarded its customers and key distributors for their performances so far in the year.
    According to the firm, at an event held last week in Lagos, the customers were presented with prizes, including tricycles, deep freezers, fully sponsored to Dubai for couples, television sets and laptops, among others.
    The Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Africa, Mr Michel Puchercos, expressed appreciation to all the distributors for th
  • Quantity surveyors to examine construction industry performance

    Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi
    The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Lagos State Branch, has revealed plans to examine the construction industry as well as other industries in the country’s economy, with a view to understanding why they are not performing optimally.
    The Chairman of the branch, Mr Dele Mafimidiwo, stated that despite the fact that the country had exited recession, as supported by statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics, most industries, especially construction, wer
  • UBA named best in digital banking

    Feyisayo Popoola
    United Bank for Africa Plc says it has been named Africa’s best bank in the digital category of the Euromoney Awards in London.
    The bank said in a statement that the award further gave credence to its dominance in the digital banking space.
    It said the selection process of the awards was based on quantitative and qualitative data to honour institutions that brought the highest levels of service, innovation and expertise to their customers.
    “In a bid to be the undispu
  • Transcorp Hotel MD advises govt on tourism, hospitality

    The government has been called upon to create the enabling environment for hospitality and tourism businesses in Nigeria to thrive as well as encourage the growth of marketing destinations in the country.
    This is because the tourism sector is said to have the potential to contribute over 10 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The Managing Director, Transcorp Hotel Plc, Valentine Ozigbo, made the call while speaking as a panellist at the 2018 Tourism and Hospitality Forum organ