Mrs Mariel Rae-Omoh, the acting Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) ,said on Thursday that the corporation had resolved to work with stakeholders to move the industry forward.
Rae-Omoh during an interactive session with stakeholders in the tourism sector in Lagos said that collaborating with professionals was one of her cardinal objectives for the sector.
“I have my cardinal objectives; and the major goal is to sell the country’s tourism potential to the outside world and, in turn, boost our economy.
“We can only achieve our goals when the experts in the sector join their voices and ideas with ours. Then, we will set the goals to be met and come out with a practicable blue print to achieve the set objectives,” she said.
According to her, stakeholders are quite key in any development; so they must be embraced in order to succeed, especially, in this industry.
She noted that though some of the tourism sites were not in place, the blue print to be produced would centre on reviving identified tourism sites and developing those that had existed.
That would pull foreign tourists into the country, she said.
She added that boosting the morale of the staff would further accelerate the mission of boosting the industry.
“The staff is the engine behind the success of any organization; if they have low morale, the outcome will not be successful so they must be adequately motivated,’’ she said.
She, however, urged the stakeholders and the press to collaborate with the corporation toward achieving the basic goal of promoting the corporate image of Nigeria to the international world.
“Our basic goal is to sell our country to the world; we cannot do it on the pages of the newspapers.
“The professionals and stakeholders should be the ones fronting the goals on our behalf; so we need to collaborate with them.
“I need a lot of workable advice, suggestions and challenges from those on the field so that the industry can become an economic hold for the country,’’ she said.