A concerned Nigerian, Adam Onum has urged Nigerians to patronize Nigerian made goods. He said this at the 2nd Nigerian Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibitions 2014, held in Abuja. He said that those who patronize foreign art works are making themselves alien in their country. He therefore urged Nigerians to develop the habit of using made in Nigeria goods, especially cultural and art materials.
Also, the DG, Hotel and Tourism Board of Jigawa State, Nasir Haruna Roni said that Nigerian Tourism sector has come to stay. He revealed that the sector has been contributing significantly to the gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Country. He gave example of his state that have over seven tourism sites. He assured that his state has mouthwatering incentives for investors who might want to invest in the state’s tourism potentials.
The two day invent is intended to showcase Nigerian tourism potentials to major stakeholders.
According to Chief Tomi Akingbogun, President of FTAN, the objectives of the program are to among others enable stakeholders to discuss and address some vital element towards the development and maintenance of tourism products and destinations that can induce creation of new tourism frontiers.
Other reasons according to Akingbogun for the forum are, to showcase the potentials of the tourism sector to the economic development of Nigeria; to organize as well as to promote local tourism products and destinations to Nigerians before taking the same to the international market; and to strengthen relationship between the tourism investors and their services/product providers.
The two-day event will include seminar and exhibition and are expected to give a new direction for the tourism industry; with participants expected from federal agencies, states, airlines, hotels, travel agents, and tour operators among others.
Meanwhile, this year’s edition presentations will include; Developing Nigeria’s Travel and Tourism: The Kenyan Experience by the Managing Director of Kenyan Tourism Board, Travel and Tourism Contribution To Nigeria Gross Domestic Products [GDP] by the Director General of Federal Office of Statistics [FOS], Identifying Nigeria’s Tourism Products by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation and Medical Tourism.