LSTSA Chairman Speaks On Growth Prospects for Tourism In Nigeria

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 / 8:00 AM / Bukola Akinyele for WebTV / Header Image Credit: WebTV

 

One of the sectors that remains under-utilized but could serve as a source of diversifying Nigeria's revenue base is tourism, according to the Chairperson of the Lagos State, Traditional Sports Association.

 

From Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cross River State, Gashaka National Park, Taraba State, Ikogosi Watersprings, Ekiti State, to Olumo Rock, Ogun State, Nigeria, according to the Lagos State official, is blessed with tourists and heritage sites.

 

She noted that countries like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cyprus, Egypt, Kenya and Morocco had utilized Tourism to grow their economy.

 

According to her, a lot of efforts have made to grow the tourism sector in Nigeria, but a misconception and lack of understanding of the value it can bring and its relationship with the broader economy is still a challenge. 

 

"Tourism has to do with people, the movement of people, people taking the initiative to pursue adventure for some time," Mrs.  Ogunbiyi said.

 

She emphasized a strategy with the acronym "TREES" which means;

 

T-Transformed policing that guarantees security.

R- Raising  Volunteers for Nigeria.

E-Enlightening people. People in Nigeria must be sensitized to understand the value of tourism and how it can transform the economy.

E-Enrich society through the provision of enabling infrastructure that includes portable water and the beautiful city landscape.

 S-Sustainability and Inclusiveness in all ramifications.

 

Mrs. Ogunbiyi called for patriotism charging Nigerians to explore the tourist sites in the country, and reduce travelling overseas for holidays.

 

Nigeria did not make the top 10 2019 World Economic Forum African destinations for tourism and travel.

The countries considered include;

 

World Economic Forum 2019 Top African Destination For Travels & Tourism

Country

Rank

Mauritius

1

South Africa

2

Seychelles

3

Morocco

4

Namibia

5

Kenya

6

Tunisia

7

Cape Verde

8

Botswana

9

Tanzania

10

Source: World Economic Forum

 

Ogunbiyi notes that Nigeria will have to address its infrastructure deficits, security architecture and socio-political environment to build a viable tourism industry.

 

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