By NTDC Press
THE participation of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in the 2013 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), London was described by participants at the event as great. This was because NTDC successfully made Nigeria a major focus of attention as the nation with outstanding performances in cultural and business scouting display, putting up enviable shows and drawing hundreds of potential investors in both tourism and other business ventures to the negotiating tables.
There are strong indications that the corporation's participation in this year edition of the travel market will be grand, as the management of NTDC is leaving no stone unturned to ensure this.
Following this, Keystone Bank has signified interest to partner with NTDC to ensure an historic outing at the event.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Bank, Mr Philip Ikeazor, who paid a courtesy visit on the Director-General of NTDC, Dr (Mrs) Sally Mbanefo, gave the assurance of the bank's readiness to partner with the corporation for the event.
Mr Ikeazor in his speech lauded the progressive and laudable strides of the NTDC boss at ensuring that Nigeria, which is endowed with innumerable natural and man-made tourist sites, benefit immensely from the money-spinning sector.
"The appointment of Dr Mbanefo as the Director General of NTDC is divinely orchestrated to reposition the nation's tourism industry, and make Nigeria stand tall in the comity of tourism nations," Ikeazor disclosed.
The Keystone Bank boss lauded the domestic tourism promotion initiative of the NTDC boss, saying that "domestic tourism remains a viable catalyst to developing tourism in any nation, and Dr. Mbanefo is getting it quite right."
Ikeazor also assured that the bank will build a befitting Information Desk for NTDC at the spaces which the Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka, recently approved for the corporation at the Dr Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala International Airport, Lagos.
"We are willing to ensure that NTDC has a befitting Information Desk at the airports in Lagos and Abuja to enable the corporation further promote Nigeria and her tourist sites. NTDC has been doing wonderfully well in this course, and we are ready to support the course," Ikeazor assured.
Dr Mbanefo while enlightening the Keystone Bank boss on her achievement in the past one year that she assumed office, pointed out that "Our cultural tourism assets are our strength and therefore must be promoted effectively to attract those that are interested in what we have to sell."
She added that NTDC will explore the opportunity provided by the World Travel Market to market Nigeria's domestic tourism potentials, thereby wooing foreigners to appreciate Nigeria's tourist sites and crowd-pulling festivals, which according to her in turns, will empower people at the grassroot level, as well as create jobs and wealth for them.
Dr Mbanefo reiterated her commitment to promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria, while making NTDC generate good revenue for the government.
The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo franked by the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Keystone Bank, Mr. Philip Ikeazor( Left) and Deputy General Manager, Commercial Banking, Keystone Bank, Aisha Mohammed during a courtesy call on the Director General at the Corporate Headquarters of the Corporation in Abuja.
Captions:Left-Right : Director , Marketing & Promotions Department, Mrs Fibi Ikilam, Director, Administration & Supply Department, Mr Boniface Chukwuekwu Eboka; Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo; Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Keystone Bank, Mr. Philip Ikeazor and Deputy General Manager, Commercial Banking, Keystone Bank, Aisha Mohammed, during the presentation of Souvenir by the Director General to the MD/CEO during a courtesy call on the Director General at the Corporate Headquarters of the Corporation in Abuja.