Minister charges stakeholders on tourism development

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, speaking at the event

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on tourism stakeholders in the country to put their hands on deck and move the industry to the next level.

Mohammed made the call at the public presentation of the book titled, “Redefining Tourism in Nigeria: The Real Issues and Challenges Vol. 1-3” at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.

In his address, presented by the Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality & Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs. Chika Balogun, he explained that, “This effort must be collective and should attract the best of Public-Private Partnership.”

He said that, “Nigeria has strong comparative advantages in the Hospitality and Tourism industry because of its diverse cultural heritage that are all disposed to what is commonly referred to as the Nigerian hospitality.

“This great nation is indeed blessed with abundant natural and cultural resources that are well blended for tourists’ delight and may I add, a strong emphasis on domestic tourism.

“It is against this background that the Federal Government is committed to repositioning tourism as one of the levers for economic growth and development in the country.”

The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, emphasised her commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian youth embraces tourism.

This, according to her, informed the efforts of the Corporation to promote youth tourism.

According to her, “I have always been a crusader of youth tourism, even before I became the Acting DG. And now, the efforts have been geared up as the Corporation under my administration is committed to heightening the interest of the youth in tourism, making them appreciate the inherent rewards of the money-spinning sector.”

Rae-Omoh, who disclosed that the book would educate the young generation on the importance of tourism, noted that the tourism book was long overdue.

The tourism book, she explained, “is centered on changing the perception of Nigerian people on the place of tourism to the overall national development objective.”

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