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Envoy woos South Africans, other tourists to Nigerian tourism sector

The Nigerian Consul General in South Africa, Godwin Adama has urged South Africans and other tourists around the world to explore Nigeria’s tourism potential.

Adama in a statement made again able in Abuja said Nigeria ranked among the countries with tourism potentials around the world.

The Consul General was speaking at the just concluded at the Africa Travel Indaba, which held in Durban, South Africa.

“We invite you to tap into Nigeria’s tourist paradise, with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well-preserved tradition and culture, and enchanting tourist attractions.

“Nigeria is a country that offers immense hope and possibilities,” he said.

He noted that the riches and diversity of Nigeria’s culture have always been considered as a strong reason why tourism is bankable.

According to him, it is without gainsaying that Nigeria is naturally endowed with rich tourist sites across the six geopolitical zones.

“Nigeria, a country of over 180 million people, is endowed with the largest tourism and cultural potential and sites in Africa.

“The country has so much to offer in terms of landscape, culture, tourism, and hospitality that can attract foreign investments and meet the needs of the global community.

“As a matter of fact, Nigeria is replete with tourist attractions. There is hardly any part of the country without one major tourist site or the other,” he said.

He said that from east to west, north to south, Nigeria was sustainably encircled by tourist centres that can effectively contribute to the country’s GDP.

“Moreover, Nigeria’s hospitality sector and hospitability of its people is second to none.

“We are the most welcoming and hospitable people on earth. We treat guests and foreigners with utmost respect and this is embedded in our culture of live-and-let-live.

“Nigeria is a heterogeneous society and the tourist sites and cultural festivals found in different parts of the country mirror the lifestyle and heterogeneity of the people,: he said.

He noted that in the northern part of the country, For example, tourist centres and events such as Yankari Games Reserve in Bauchi, Ancient Kano City Walls, Queen Amina Wall in Kaduna abound

Others in the north according to him include  Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa, Argungu Fishing Festival in Kebbi  among others

“Among some of the many attractions in the southern axis are Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross River state, Ogbunike Caves and Nike Resort in Enugu, Bar Beach in Lagos, Osun-Osogbo Grove and Port Harcourt Tourist Beach.

“Moreover, in Abuja, you find the Millennium Park, Zuma Rock and Abuja Arts and Crafts Village, among others.

“For your tourist pleasure, you can also keep a date with Carnivals in Calabar, Lagos, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Durbar festivals in Kano, Sokoto and other parts of Northern Nigeria,” he said

He said that tourists might also want to visit Badagry Coconut Beach, Lekki Conservation Centre and Snake Island all in Lagos and Kainji National Park in Niger state..

What is more, the riches and diversity of Nigeria’s culture have always been considered as a strong reason why tourism is bankable and should be a primary Foreign Exchange Earner for the country.

It is without gainsaying that Nigeria is naturally endowed with rich tourist sites across the six geopolitical zones.

He noted that with a huge, dynamic, fast-growing economy and population, and a landmass of 923,768 sq. km. wholly within the tropics, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy.

According to him, the country is replete with ecological and cultural resources that are universally recognized.

“As a result of Nigeria’s culture of hospitality, Government has streamlined and made it easier for intending travelers to the country to obtain visa stress-free.

“It is even possible for you to get a visa on your arrival to the country, once the application is made online early.

“In this regard, the Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa recently launched a Biometric Visa regime to comply with the international minimum standard of visa processing,” he said.

He allayed the fear of tourists in the area of the security threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“In the area of security, I make bold to inform that Nigeria is a very secure place and daily welcomes investment from all over the world.

“It is important to note that the Boko Haram phenomenon is grossly exaggerated and do not pose threats to potential investors and visitors, as their activities have been severely neutralized.

“It should also be noted that the theatre of their activities is hundreds of kilometres from areas of economic operations and tourism,” he said.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had also put in place measure to reposition the economy of the nation to improve its performance through the tourism sector

“We invite you to tap into Nigeria’s tourist paradise, with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well-preserved tradition and culture, and enchanting tourist attractions. Nigeria is a country that offers immense hope and possibilities.

He noted that Nigeria could also contribute its quota to the development of and growth of world tourism sector

He noted that tourism was a huge sector of growth, consisting almost 10 percent of the global GDP at 8 trillion dollars in 2016.

“ It is important to note that tourism is responsible for 8.8 percent of the global jobs,

“It is estimated at over 258 million; 4.5 percent of the world’s investments at 652 billion dollars, and 5.8 percent of the world’s total exports valued at 1.1 trillion dollars,” he said.

“Over 1.2 billion tourists arrived in different destinations globally in 2016, including yearly increases in the past two decades. This trend is set to increase in 2018 and beyond,” he said

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