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FG Mulls Master-plan for Tourism Sector, As Nigeria Slides Down Global Scale

Lai Mohammed
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Abuja – Federal Government has indicated intention to develop a two-year master plan to boost the country’s profile as tourist destination.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture and National Orientation, gave this indication at the ongoing National Summit on Culture and Tourism, holding at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

He said Nigeria currently ranks 127 out of 140 tourism destinations in the world and 21st in Africa, falling behind countries like Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, among others.

He noted that the master plan may require a friendlier visa regime which government and other stakeholders must commit to, if it hopes to shore up her tourism potentials.

He also said the new initiative being mulled by government would see to the provision of an enabling environment, a strong public and private sector collaboration as well as mainstreaming tourism as a source of internally generated revenue.

“The global tourism agency, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has agreed to work with us to develop a two-year plan to boost tourism in Nigeria.

“This is a breakthrough of sorts, considering that Nigeria has not even appeared on the radar of the global agency for several years now,” he said.

Lai also said tourism held potentials for stemming rural-urban migration; ensuring holistic and inclusive growth and crime reduction if adequately harnessed.

“The culture and tourism sectors are not just about creating jobs or earning revenues,  they also help to stem rural-urban migration, foster unity, ensure holistic and inclusive growth as well as reduce crime.