The Minister Of Culture & Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke has called on Emirates Airlines to ensure that Nigerians travellers were treated in good faith and with high level of dignity stressing that Nigerian passengers were premier products to the world.
Speaking at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki during the lunching of the Emirates Holiday packages by Emirates Airlines, Mr. Duke affirmed that Nigerians were the most travelled in the world, adding that Nigerians not only take pleasure in travelling but also spend a lot of money during the course of their travel.
”No wonder Nigerians are rated as the fourth largest spender in the world. Nigerians spend big when they travel but that is just what we are. So as Emirates Holidays, you must understand them if you really want to please them”
”We have about 70% of tourist arrival to South Africa across the world and out of the 70% Nigeria is almost about 40% of such tourist group, so also to various destinations across the world. This is to show you the rate at which Nigerians travel”.
Mr. Duke, however, tasked Emirates Airlines not to only showcase or sell the destinations of other countries to Nigeria but also sell Nigeria as a destination to other foreigners to come and see the beauty of the country.
He pointed out that the government was poised to improving tourism sector as the major economy spinal but added that, that could only be achievable when Emirates Airlines work with the government in making such dreams come through.
Also speaking at the event, Vice President, Business Support, Emirates Airlines, Mr. Fabio Prestijacopo noted that Emirates Holidays is working in conjunction with Tour Brokers International (TBI) as its local partner in Nigeria to sell the best holiday packages to Nigeria to travel all across the world.
Mr. Prestijacopo further pointed out that the main drive behind the holiday packages was to showcase the forth coming Dubai shopping festival that is coming up from 2nd January through 2nd of February 2014 adding that Dubai was a hub that the airline was selling.